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Differences in training for MCSE and CCNA

I am interested in a networking certification. I'm wondering what are the main differences between someone trained in MCSE versus someone trained in CCNA.

Dear Michael,
I am interested in a networking certification. I'm wondering what are the main differences between someone trained in MCSE versus someone trained in CCNA.

Do you think that one is better than the other? Thanks for helping me understand.
Regards,
Patrice
Patrice,
Thanks for the certification question! There is a certain amount of overlap between most IT certifications. Someone trained as an MCSE has demonstrated the skills needed to setup, configure, and manage Microsoft servers and workstations. While there is a certain amount of networking involved the Microsoft program gravitates toward LANs and end services: servers, workstations, users, accounts, and applications.

Someone trained as a CCNA can setup and configure routers and switches. This certification is more closely focused on connectivity and WANS: routers, switches, routing protocols, circuit and packet switching.

I would suggest you read more about both certifications and pursue the one that most interests you.

Here are two links to get you started! http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/default.asp
https://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/certprog/lan/programs/ccna.html

This was last published in February 2003

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