Showing posts with label CCENT certification. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CCENT certification. Show all posts

Friday, 2 January 2015

Certifications to start your IT Career in 2015


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Looking to start your IT career in 2015? Check out this list of the top entry level certifications to help secure your first job in the field of IT. Completing any one of these will prove you have the associated skill set necessary to perform in a range of entry level IT jobs.

Microsoft entry level certifications

MicrosoftIf you're considering a career in technology then it's almost a certainty you'll end up working with Microsoft technologies. The MTA certification (Microsoft Technology Associate) is Microsoft's introductory track addressing a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts.

The MTA is split into three tracks which you can follow depending on your interests and career goals:


  • MTA IT Infastructure track - if you want to build a career in desktop, server infrastructure or private cloud computing this is the track for you. Hone your skills around window desktop and server operating systems, networking and security.
  • MTA Database track - this track is for those chasing a career in business intelligence or data platform administration and covers database fundamentals.
  • MTA Developer track - for those looking to become a software developer, this track prepares you to get hands on with Microsoft tech. Choose from a range of training to develop fundamental skills in software development, gaming, HMTL5, .NET, software testing and web development. 
Passing just one exam will gain you an MTA certification and prepare you for the more advanced MCSA, MCSE and MCSD certification tracks. Though it's important to note the MTA is not required as a prerequisite certification to the more advanced tracks.

Cisco entry level certifications

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If you are interested in starting a career as a networking professional, attaining a Cisco certification is a huge step in making this a reality. As well as being a global technology leader specializing in networking and communications, Cisco has one of the most popular and widely recognised certification programs in the IT Industry.

The CCENT credential (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) will be your ideal starting point. Attaining the CCENT certification proves you have the ability to install, maintain, secure and troubleshoot small networks. 

This will qualify you to get a job as a network or help desk technician, whilst also acting as the prerequisite for Cisco's Associate level certifications like the CCNA and CCDA.


CompTIA entry level certifications

CompTIACompTIA are a non profit trade association providing a range of globally recognized, vendor neutral certifications. Their most popular certifications are the A+ and Network+ certifications:

  • A+ certification - achieving this credential shows you have a solid skills foundation in software and hardware. This course is designed to reflect the skills needed to excel as a computer support professional and has been adopted by HP and IBM as a requirement for all their technical staff. The A+ credentials is so popular it recently passed the 1 million mark for individuals attaining the certification.
  • Network+ certification - this is a fantastic alternative to Cisco certification for those considering a career in Networking. The Network+ credential proves you have the skills and knowledge to configure and operate a variety of networking products.
Take a combined A+ and Network+ course with Firebrand and attain both certifications in just 7 days.


So there you have it, the top certifications to kick start your IT career in 2015, what are you waiting for?


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As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the Industry for almost 3 years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, Windows Server and Exchange Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Your entry to networking: CCENT & CCNA


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If you are intending to become a networking professional, this article is for you, as it will present you CCENT and CCNA, the two essential certifications for a successful networking career.  

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

This certification is your ideal starting point as an entry-level network technician. The CCENT proves you have foundational knowledge for a small- to medium-sized network. Passing this exam is the very first step of entering into a network engineering job using Cisco routers and switches.

On the CCENT course you’ll learn about:
  • Networking fundamentals
  • WAN technologies
  • Basic security and wireless concepts
  • Routing and switching fundamentals
  • Configuring simple networks
The ICND exam required to pass is very challenging, therefore you must be very confident in your knowledge, because time is a critical factor. Once you have passed Exam 100-101 - (Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1 v2.0) you’ll be CCENT certified. What next?

You should strongly consider taking the ICND2 course and exam 200-101 as well. By passing this exam, you’ll get the CCNA certification.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

The CCNA credentials show your abilities to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-sized routed and switched networks.

You’ll learn about the following:
  • Redundant topologies
  • Troubleshooting common network issues
  • Configuring EIGRP
  • Multi-area OSPF in both IPv4 and IPv6
  • Wide Area Network technologies
  • Device management
  • Cisco licensing
  • Using Cisco Catalyst switches
  • Cisco routers connected in LANs and WANs
In the ICND2 exam you can expect the same type of questions using simulators, drag and drop, as well as multiple-choice. To learn more about these certifications, visit our CCENT and CCNA course pages.

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.