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My local community college offers something called Cisco Academy. It's a year program that basically consists of 4 classes (2 each semester) that prepare you for the CCNA exam. Each class is only one night a week. The second year is basically the same setup that prepares you for the CCNP if I decide to go on further. I was wondering if having some sort of networking experience is necessary to start on Cisco equipment or if you just jumped right in with taking CCNA courses? I'm also going to go take the A+ exam in a couple of months just for the heck of it, but was wondering about network+. Is network+ even necessary if I'm going to go through the Cisco training? What benefit might it have?
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My local community college offers something called Cisco Academy. It's a year program that basically consists of 4 classes (2 each semester) that prepare you for the CCNA exam. Each class is only one night a week. The second year is basically the same setup that prepares you for the CCNP if I decide to go on further. I was wondering if having some sort of networking experience is necessary to start on Cisco equipment or if you just jumped right in with taking CCNA courses? I'm also going to go take the A+ exam in a couple of months just for the heck of it, but was wondering about network+. Is network+ even necessary if I'm going to go through the Cisco training? What benefit might it have?
No experience necessary. Most all network equipment works MOSTLY the same, but each different brand has it's own quirks. When i took Cisco academy, the CCNA prep (by itself) was 4 seperate classes, you may want to see if this is accelerated. Also... the CCNP in 2 classes..... i find that hard to swallow considefring how hard it is.
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lol i'm taking these classes in high school for free. pretty easy stuff, you just need to study a lot. cool stuff, you get to make LANs and ethernet cables.
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Are you me?

I have also looked at network+ for preparation to enter cisco academy courses at my local uni next October .
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IF you're taking CCNA you'll be introduced to a program called Packet Tracer. This is basically a network simulator which will help you get used to configuring rouers and switches via a command line interface.

A+ and Networking+ are completely unnecessary if you're taking CCNA.
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I've always been given the impression Network+ is just a dumbed down version of the CCNA, and you're better off taking the CCNA classes, and then just taking the Net+ test at the same time.

When the CCNA classes were broken down into 4 seperate classes it was pretty easy (even the ditsy blond and 40yr old laid off factory worker kept up) and moved at a easy pace. Smashed into 2 classes it may move a bit faster.
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No experience necessary. Most all network equipment works MOSTLY the same, but each different brand has it's own quirks. When i took Cisco academy, the CCNA prep (by itself) was 4 seperate classes, you may want to see if this is accelerated. Also... the CCNP in 2 classes..... i find that hard to swallow considefring how hard it is.
Here is the schedule for the entire 2 year program. The first four are for the CCNA and I guess they have the 2nd year broken up into 3 classes for the CCNP. They don't have an accelerated program, but some other places do. This program is the cheapest around here though that I have found.
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A+ and Networking+ are completely unnecessary if you're taking CCNA.
I'll disagree here.... Net+ and CCNA have nothing to do with A+.... A+ is purely "computing" (including printers) hardware and entry level troubleshooting. It's a nice compliment to a CCNA.
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My CCNA classes were alot of fun (at least to me).... As for taking more classes.... I would recommend it ( The more Certs you have the better off you will be...In the eyes of a company).

Some Certs need to be retaken Each and every year (paid for out of your pocket)

You need no experience ( thats what the classes are for) they are a prep and i do recommend eating and sleeping CCNA while going thru the class. The teachers are under pressure to teach as much as possible Under a short time period and so the individual lessons tend to be short and breif.

So If you do not understand something ASK Questions

or you may find yourself lost and behind ( thats not good)

Other than that I hope you have fun
Edited by XxBeNigNxX - 12/13/08 at 11:45am
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http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/ne...pdf/CCNAds.pdf
http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/ne...alog/CCNA.html incase the PDF link doesn't work.

Per cisco CCNA is 4 seperate classes.... the college you're looking at is crunching it... It may be harder to follow than a 2 year program (as cisco reccomends teaching it).


EDIT: Also, per cisco, CCNP is 280hrs to classtime to be trained properly..... There's no way they're putting that kind of time into 2 semesters at tech school.

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/ne...pdf/CCNPds.pdf

I have a friend who's a network admin (10 years of experience) and parts of the CCNP still make him scratch his head... trying to do it in 2 semesters sounds HARD.
Edited by HatesFury - 12/13/08 at 11:49am
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