CCENT Cisco Certified Entry Level Technician
The Cisco CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking. Candidates should have the knowledge and skill to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. CCENT certification is the first step toward achieving CCNA, which covers medium size enterprise branch networks with more complex connections.
The CCENT validates Entry Level Job Skills, such as the ability to install and verify basic network configurations, which is a requirement for most entry level network support positions.
The certification is performance focused and assesses practical abilities and competence with Cisco routers, switches and IOS.
For individuals CCENT is a tangible first step towards CCNA certification, though not a prerequisite.
For employers the CCENT differentiates and reduces hiring risk as CCENT will differentiate job applicants and reduce risk of hiring for entry level positions.
This new certification is aimed at IT professionals who previously would have felt that CCNA was a higher level than they needed or would have considered other certifications such as CompTIA A+ or Net+. This is also ideally suited for those delegates who preparing to enter IT or networking field.
To recertify, pass either the ICND1 or ICND2 exam, or pass any 642 professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE written exam.
ICND1: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1
A 5-day Training Course on ICND1: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1; Install, operate, and troubleshoot a small branch office Enterprise network.