Hello Kevin. The CCENT is not a prerequisite.
To get the CCNA, we can take 2 exams (ICND1 640-822, and ICND2 640-816), or 1 comprehensive exam, the CCNA Exam 640-802.
CCNA Exams & Recommended Training
|640-802 CCNA||Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.1|
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v1.1
|640-822 ICND1||Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.1|
|640-816 ICND2||Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v1.1|
The 640-822 gets you the CCENT ceritification.
The 640-822 + 640-816 gets you the CCNA.
The 640-802 all by itself gets you the CCNA.
Thanks Kieth! That leads me to my next question. Is it realistic that one would be able to get a job with just a CCNA and no other certificates/degrees. I'm deciding between spending time at community college for 2 years just to get a CCNA, or getting the CCNA on my own and getting a job. But I'm concerned about whether or not a CCNA is going to get me a job. Would you suggest I get any other certificates or anything?
I personally recommend the two exam approach to the CCNA unless you are fairly experienced. It's a lot easier to compartmentalize and the cost is a wash. I find it to be less frustrating for candidates.
Regarding a job, you will want to get some experience. The fact that you don't have a wall full of certifications is less significant to me than someone that doesn't have a proven track record. Do whatever you can to get some experience in a technical area. This may be an internship, volunteer work or fully explaining some projects that you have been involved in academically. Then from there it is a continual game of pushing yourself beyond your certification level, then certify to (or beyond) your experience. It's that simple, but getting started can be a challenge.
Yeah I'm hoping to gain professional experience one way or another. Any tips on getting started in a professional envirnoment? Resume/interview tips, certificate recommendations (asside from CCNA), etc? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
you don't have to, but I think it is easier to focus on CCENT exam; then on ICDN2 which is heavy on configuration;
CCENT is more about fundamentals and theory; no configuration is tested, but still you need to know how to use IOS and show commands (read/interpret)
The information by Keith is correct.
There is no pre-requisite requirement for the CCNA certification.
The CCNA certification can be achieved by completing 1 of the 2 available path options:
Option 1: 640-802 CCNA
Option 2: 640-822 ICND1 and 640-816 ICND2
The 640-802 CCNA exam is a combination of both 640-822 ICND1 and 640-816 ICND2.
By taking the two exam option, you will achieve the CCENT certification (completing ICND1) and CCNA certification (completing both ICND1 and ICND2). Passing the 640-802 CCNA will only certify you in CCNA.
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