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Whether you are an active duty servicemember, transitioning military, or a veteran, Cisco Certifications can
translate your military IT experience into a credential that is widely recognized and respected in military,
government, and civilian careers.
Cisco Certifications can help build your career in one of the hottest industries available today, in fact, according
to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of network and computer systems
administrators is expected to increase by 23 percent through 2018 and is designated as one of the Top 12 High
Demand, High Growth IT Jobs.
Certifications validate skills necessary for various job roles and also provide a competitive differentiator for
employers, in and out of the military. Several options and programs exist to defray costs (see below).
First, evaluate Cisco Certifications that align with your experience or career path. We recommend you also read the
"Top 5 Reasons to Get Certified" article for additional information on pursuing an IT networking career. Then decide how you will train:
DoD Mandate: The DoD Directive 8570.01-M mandates all government personnel, civilians, and contractors with privileged access working on networks are required to receive industry IT certifications. CCNA Security has been approved for DoD Information Assurance Technician Levels I and II.
ANSI: Cisco is the first networking vendor to offer a robust certification portfolio that meets the ANSI accreditation standard, which is the global benchmark for personnel certification, which signifies that the certification holder has attained a certification designed to the highest industry requirements, and that Cisco has met, and continues to meet, standards for quality improvement, underscoring the validity and integrity of its program as the industry standard of IT networking certifications. ANSI accreditation has been granted for the following Cisco certifications: Cisco CCNA® (for Routing and Switching), Cisco CCNP® (for Routing and Switching), CCNA Security, and CCNP Security.
CNSS/NSA 4011: Cisco CCNA Security meets the CNSS training standard as outlined by the Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professional Recognition, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Committee on National Security Systems.
CNSS/NSA 4013: Cisco CCNP Security courses meet the CNSS training standard. By being 4011 and 4013 compliant, the Cisco Security certification program ensures that certified network security professionals assisting federal agencies and private sector entities understand what is required to protect information and aid in the defense of the nation's vital information resources.