GNcareers, from Gulf News

Cisco network certification

CiscoImag Credit: Supplied

The changing dynamics in the employment world creates a demand for IT workers educated or certified in large-scale networks, data center, cloud computing, security, video and collaboration technologies.

One company which has fast paced its evolution is Cisco Systems, considered a world leader in computer networking engaged in designing and manufacturing a wide range of networking equipment.

IT professionals who want to be Cisco-certified can enrol in Cisco courses offered by schools all over the UAE.

There are several levels of IT certification and Cisco trainings. These are Entry (CCENT), Associate (CCNA/CCDA), Professional (CCNP/CCDP), Expert (CCIE/CCDE) and Architect. Specialisations include Routing and Switching, Design, Network Security and Service Provider Operations, among others. Depending on a person’s prior networking knowledge, training and certification can take between four and 12 months. Fees are in the thousands depending on the duration and specific course taken.

Cisco training is designed to be difficult and thorough. To pass each exam and progress through the different levels, each person has to develop a deep understanding of the various aspects of networking.

However, a Cisco certification gives one a career advantage that includes better salary and more career opportunities.

Handy Hints
• Levels of Cisco certification vary in program length
• Specialisations include Routing, Design and others
• Fees can run in thousands depending on duration

Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer