After many years in the IT field, I'm getting around to actually obtaining my CCENT / CCNA certifications.
Are there any recommended books out there to study from or to have as reference (like your "little black book of ...") ?
Where do people general go and what are the names of places that are "approved" places to get certified? Boot Camps, Local Community Colleges, Online, Etc.?
This book has been recommended to me by several people on here...just watch out for some errors on the practice exam cd/dvd and some minor typo on page 3 hundred and something where 900Khz is typed instead of 900Mhz..I ordered mine from amazon uk a couple days ago so I'm expecting it to arrive latest tomorrow.
Kerry LeBlanc has posted an excellent resource list, B.Haines has posted some recommended lab set up info (though I haven't actually bought any Cisco devices yet...I may not need it for CCENT...I'm going to finish the whole book and practice Q's first) and John has also posted some excellent advise how to self study I'll see if I can add some links to this post...
Re 2. I'm really sorry but I'm not sure about Boot Camps and stuff ... I'm going to self study all the material.
Any of the Cisco Networking Academy locations (many high schools, community/technical colleges) are a good place. they work in semesters though instead of just a few days/weeks here and there!
Cisco Learning Partners offer the ICND1 and ICDN2 courses to get you through the CCNET and CCNA exams.
There are other alternative methods through places like CBT Nuggets (www.cbtnuggets.com) or IE-CCENT (www.internetworkexpert.com/ccent.htm)
And of course (as mentioned above) the Cisco Press books for reference materials.
Oh, and I almost forgot... You can come here to the CLN for any questions you have about things as you study! Kinda cool, huh?
Another book I like is the "31 Days Before Your CCENT Certification" by Scott Bennett. It has typos just like other books but it's great for progressively reviewing the key parts of the CCENT; especially when combine with something like flashcards.