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Are there beginner certifications to take before Cisco's CCNA exam?

Even though Cisco's CCNA certification is a beginner course, if you're new to networking, passing this exam is daunting. Try the starter certifications our Cisco expert suggests in this piece of advice.

I was educated in computer hardware 8 years ago, and I don't have any experience in the field. Now I want to get a CCNA certification. Is there any course before starting in on the CCNA exam?

Cisco's CCNA is the introductory course and exam for their certification track. However, I would recommend taking CompTIA's A+ and Network+ courses and exams to become more familiar with operating systems and networking concepts. Then, when you are ready to start your Cisco certification career, try taking the 2 exam approach for your CCNA (ICND1 and ICND2). That way you can manage the amount of Cisco objectives you have to initially learn as well as achieve your CCENT and CCNA certification.

This question was also answered on the IT Knowledge Exchange. To view or improve this answer, go to the following question: What course precedes Cisco's CCNA exam?

This was last published in December 2008

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I am new to Networking, and I am taking the CCNA exam in 2 weeks, the one exam not ICND1 then 2.