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Networking specialist

Could you tell me the history about how Networking Specialists began? Also what skills are required or needed? What jobs are offered in the field?

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Dear Ifetayo:
If you are referring to the Cisco Qualified Specialist certifications, these were created in 1999-2000 to meet customer requests for individuals qualified in one of a range of several technical specialties. Most of these credentials require obtaining a CCNA as a pre-requisite; where the CCNA is not required, it's still recommended. Skills and numbers of exams involve vary from specialty to specialty, where the range of topics is as follows:
  • Cable
  • Content Networking
  • IP Telephony
  • Multiservice switching
  • MxU
  • Security
  • Optical
  • SNA/IP

    Jobs for individuals who work with Cisco hardware, components, and systems that focus in these specific areas are most commonly found at telecommunications companies or internet service providers. While these certs are popular, they are not overwhelmingly so, so please don't expect that obtaining a Cisco Specialist cert will bring the world to your door, eager to offer you a choice of jobs.

    For more information on the details in this program, please visit: and choose entries from the Cisco Qualified Specialist pull down menu.
    Good luck!

    This was first published in September 2002

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