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Guide to networking certifications  

  Cisco Associates

CCNA
CCNA certified professionals can install, configure and operate LAN, WAN and dial access services for small networks (100 nodes or fewer), including, but not limited to, use of these protocols: IP, IGRP, IPX, Serial, AppleTalk, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLANs, RIP, Ethernet, Access Lists.

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CCDA
CCDA certified professionals can design routed and switched network infrastructures involving LAN, WAN, and dial access services for businesses and organizations.

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Professional

CCSP
With a CCSP, a network professional can secure and manage network infrastructures to protect productivity and reduce costs. The content emphasizes topics such as perimeter security, virtual private networks, intrusion protection as well as how to combine these technologies in a single, integrated network security solution.

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CCNP
An intermediate-level certification in the Cisco certified professional program aimed at full-time network or system administrators, or those who work with local and/or wide area network infrastructure.

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CCIP
CCIP professionals have detailed understanding of networking technologies in the service provider arena including IP routing, IP QoS, BGP, and MPLS.

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CCDP
With a CCDP, a network professional can design routed and switched networks involving LAN, WAN, and dial access services, applying modular design practices and making sure the whole solution responds optimally to the business and technical needs and is designed to be highly available.

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CCVP
CCVP is aimed at IT professionals responsible for deploying and maintaining Internet Protocol telephony systems and incorporates several of Cisco's preexisting specialist-level IP telephony certifications.

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Expert

CCIE
CCIE is Cisco's premium networking certification and includes a written exam and a long, one-day lab exam (a.k.a. practicum in other program's terminology) that is widely regarded as one of the toughest, most demanding exams around a senior level certification for expert networking professionals who design, build, implement, maintain and/or troubleshoot complex enterprise- or global-level networking infrastructures. Furthermore, CCIEs may specialize in routing and switching, communications and services, security, or voice systems and technologies.

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Qualified Specialist

VPN and security certifications
Cisco VPN and security specialists focus on securing network access using Cisco IOS software and Cisco PIX Firewall technologies, operating and monitoring Cisco IOS software and IDS technologies to detect and respond to intrusion activities, and configuring VPNs across shared public networks using Cisco IOS software and Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrator technologies.

  • Cisco Firewall Specialist
  • Cisco IDS Specialist
  • Cisco VPN Specialist

Wireless LAN certifications
The Cisco Wireless LAN focused certifications indicates significant knowledge of relevant factors involved in designing, deploying and maintaining end-to-end Cisco Wireless LAN solutions throughout or between buildings, without the limitations of wires or cables.

  • Cisco Wireless LAN Design Specialist
  • Cisco Wireless LAN Support Specialist
  • Cisco Wireless LAN Sales Specialist 

IP communications certifications
The Cisco IP telephony focused certifications validate proficiency in designing, installing, and supporting a multi-service network solution.

  • Cisco IP Contact Center Express Specialist
  • Cisco IP Telephony Design Specialist
  • Cisco IP Telephony Express Specialist
  • Cisco IP Telephony Operations Specialist
  • Cisco IP Telephony Support Specialist
  • Cisco Unity Design Specialist
  • Cisco Unity Support Specialist

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  Nortel

Basic

Nortel Networks Certified Design Specialist (NNCDS)
For entry to mid-level individuals who wish to demonstrate skill to design and plan solutions that use Nortel Networks products.

Nortel Networks Certified Support Specialist (NNCSS)
This designation recognizes a fundamental level of technical expertise to deploy, operate and troubleshoot Nortel Networks products and solutions. It is intended for entry- to mid-level technical support, help desk and field support personnel.

Intermediate

Nortel Networks Certified Design Expert (NNCDE)
For mid- to senior-level Systems Engineers and Network Consultants who design and plan solutions that use Nortel product lines.

Nortel Networks Certified Support Expert (NNCSE)
This designation recognizes an advanced level of technical expertise to implement, configure support, troubleshoot and optimize Nortel Networks products and solutions. Intended for mid- to senior-level technical support, help desk, field support and network managers.

Advanced

Nortel Networks Certified Architect (NNCA)
For Senior Networking Consultants, Network Architects, Design Engineers and Network Engineers who design complex Nortel network solutions. Nortel's highest level of certification.

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 CompTIA

Basic

A+
This certification is for entry-level (6 months experience) PC hardware technicians. This is a popular first certification, especially for individuals switching from another career to computers.

Intermediate

Security+
For individuals who are foundation-level IT security workers. This vendor-neutral certification will cover such topics as firewalls, viruses, user authentication and encryption.

Network+
This certification is for networking technicians with 18-24 months of experience.

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  Enterasys

Basic

Enterasys Specialist (ES)
Enterasys' most basic certification requires completion of one exam.

Intermediate

Enterasys Systems Engineer (ESE)
Requires the completion of five exams, individuals completion the certification track have the ability to implement, operate, configure, and support solutions and networks that are using Enterasys networking products.

Enterasys Security Systems Engineer (ESSE)
Individuals completing this series of five exams have the knowledge to implement Enterasys network product capabilities to support the design and implementation of security solutions.

Advanced

Enterasys Certified Internetworking Engineer (ECIE)
This is the highest level of certification within the Enterasys network certification program it requires the completion of 10 exams. The Enterasys Certified Internetworking Engineer (ECIE) certification program is designed to certify networking professionals in all Enterasys-specific offerings.

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 ISC2

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
A high intermediate to senior level information security certification, the CISSP is one of the best recognized information security certs, and the most frequently mentioned credential in job postings and classified ads this credential aims to identify people with broad practical working knowledge of all key topics, tools, and technologies in the field, with at least three or four years of relevant work experience in the field (three for college degree holders, four for others).

System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP )
For individuals involved in network and systems security administration who are responsible for developing the information security policies, standards, and procedures and managing their implementation across various hardware and software programs in their organization.

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