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ccent before ccna?

Apr 12, 2011 4:51 PM

Kevin 3 posts since
Apr 12, 2011

Do you HAVE to have your ccent before you can test and obtain your ccna?

  • Keith Barker - CCIE RS/Security, CISSP 5,327 posts since
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    1. Apr 12, 2011 4:58 PM (in response to Kevin)
    Re: ccent before ccna?

    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

    Required Exam(s)

    Recommended Training

    640-802 CCNAInterconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.1
    Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v1.1


    Required Exam(s)

    Recommended Training

    640-822 ICND1Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.1
    640-816 ICND2Interconnecting 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.


    Best wishes,



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  • Paul Stewart  -  CCIE Security 7,573 posts since
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    3. Apr 12, 2011 6:26 PM (in response to Kevin)
    Re: ccent before ccna?

    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.

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  • Martin 13,910 posts since
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    5. Apr 12, 2011 8:21 PM (in response to Kevin)
    Re: ccent before ccna?

    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)

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  • Rigo - Community Moderator 5,315 posts since
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    6. Apr 14, 2011 10:39 AM (in response to Kevin)
    Re: ccent before ccna?

    Hi Kevin,


    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.


    Good luck!




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