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Which network certification will you pursue?

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A network certification is worth the hard work and dedication. To become successful in any IT career you will have to consider what certifications will help you best.

It’s up to you to decide how hard you are willing to work for your dream career. An IT career is very rewarding and fun!

That sounds too good to be true you wonder. Having fun at work and enjoying what you do for a living not possible? All of that can come true if you educate yourself and master the skills. A network certification is a great beginning and continuation to any IT career.

With just a CompTIA A+ certification, you can start repairing computers and basic networks for your own earned income. You can start an entry-level job without a degree to jump start your career. With the extra cash you can pay for college and other expenses.

Which certification is right for you?

There is a process you can follow in order to make your career journey easier. Choosing which certification to start with can be confusing but I recommend you start with the fundamentals by acquiring these two certifications:

  1. CompTIA A+
  2. CompTIA Network+

These two certifications will allow you to set the tone for your career and help you decide which path is right for you.

After earning those two certifications, you can decide if you want a network career working with servers, routing & switching or security. If working with servers interest you, I recommend these certifications:

1.) CompTIA Server+

2.) MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008

3.) The new MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) Server 2012

4.) MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert): Desktop Infrastructure

4.) The new MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert): Server Infrastructure


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The Microsoft certifications I mention cover Windows Server 2008 and the newest Windows Server 2012.

The MCSA and MCSE for Windows Server 2000 and 2003 are not covered on this site because you will benefit from the newer 2008 and 2012 technology in your career.

For a more advance career path you can consider the Cisco route.

Cisco offers 5 levels of IT certification:

1.) Entry Level – CCENT

2.) Associate – CCNA

3.) Professional – CCNP

4.) Expert – CCIE

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Note: The Cisco certifications covered on this website are for routing & switching

For each level there are nine different paths you can take such as:

  1. Routing & switching
  2. Design
  3. Network Security
  4. Wireless
  5. Voice
  6. Data Center
  7. Storage Networking
  8. Service Provider
  9. Service Provider Operations

If security is what interests you, then you can earn a network certification like these:

1.) Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU)

2.) CompTIA Security+

3.) EC-Council Network Security Administrator (ENSA)

4.) Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

5.) EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)

6.) Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT)

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In order to succeed in a computer networking career, you will have to study hard and practice a lot to achieve these certifications. A career in computer networking is well worth the hard work.

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