On the other hand, if you live near a community college or technical school with an evening or weekend program, you can often get better deals for such training if you're willing and able to take longer to complete such classes (commercial classes usually run 1-2 weeks, but all day long and are very intense and concentrated; community college and tech school classes usually run over an entire 3-4 month semester and are less intense...
and concentrated). But a critical ingredient in the preparation process for any Cisco exam is to practice on the related equipment and software (in this case, Cisco switches, routers and other related gear), so if you don't already have access to such gear at work, a class may be essential simply to give you hands-on time and exposure in the context of labs and practice sessions.
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