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A Step-by-Step Guide for NEWBIES: How to Earn your CCENT/CCNA certification
This article is dedicated to those of you who are just starting out with Cisco certification path.
First of all, I’d like to congratulate you on making a choice to pursue a Cisco certification. As you may know it, Cisco certifications are becoming an industry norm, and no matter what experience you have in the networking industry (and even if you have no experience whatsoever), I believe you’re making a wise decision for your career.
Becoming a CCENT
To become a Cisco Certified entry Level Technician, you have to pass the ICND1 exam. ICND 1 exam currently has 2 versions : 640-822 ICND1 and 100-101 ICND1 .These both exams will test your skills and knowledge on how to install, operate and troubleshoot small branch office networks.
A. 640-822 ICND1 (Last day for this exam is septermber 30 , 2013)
You can prepare for this exam by studying networking fundamentals both theory and practice. The topics which are tested in the exam are : connecting to a WAN; basic security and wireless concepts; routing and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; configuring RIPv2, static and default routing; implementing NAT and DHCP; and configuring simple networks.
B. 100-101 ICND1 (New version)
This exam will concentrate on the following topics on networking : Operation of IP Data Networks; LAN Switching Technologies; IP Addressing (IPv4 & IPv6); IP Routing Technologies; IP Services (DHCP, NAT, ACLs); Network Device Security; Basic Troubleshooting.
What to Study and How to Study for the ICND 1 Exam
You can study for the exam by taking a course at your college/university or even online. Its also possible to study on your own.
Self studying is , for me has been the best option.
I have used the video course from Chris Bryant for my CCNA exam preperations. In my honest opinion, his courses provide the best CCNA learning materiel for a very reasonable price.
This course is geared toward the CCNA, but you can watch the parts only needed for ICND1 first. Then if you plan to go for ICND2 ( I am sure that you will go for it!) you can still use this materiel without investing money on another new course. This course is a killer with over 82 lectures and 24.5 hours of content!
If you want to explore more options for choosing a ccna online course , click here to see a list of CCNA online courses!
You can find few ideas about how to start with self studying for the ICND1/CIND2/CCNA exam below .
Even if you decide to take a course or to study on your own, these books are highly recommended as study guides.
You should definitely take a look at the Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide if you are taking the new version of the exam.
If you are taking the 640-822 exam, get a copy of CCENT/CCNA ICND1 640-822 Official Cert Guide (3rd Edition)
These are the Official study guides from Cisco press.
It is very important that you do labs along with your ICND, CCNA studies. Build yourself a small lab with Cisco Routers and Switches or use a software like Packet tracer or GNS 3.
Here is a Free CCNA Lab kit to get you started!
Action Plan for studding for the ICND exam
Here is the plan I used for all my certification exams. May be you can also get some ideas for your study plans from this.
First set a realistic date for sitting for your exam. Its always a good idea to register for taking the exam, so you have can really focus and set target for your studies . Pearson Education (InformIT) is the place where you can register for an exam. You can also find Cisco Press books, videos, other study material on that website.
Study plan for the CCENT exam
- Watch a video from the CCNA boot camp
- Read the relevent Chapter from the book
-Watch the video again, this time write down the important information on a paper/note book
-Do some labs for the chapter
-Find some questions on the chapter and try it
-Read your notes , whenever you have free times
-Repeat this process for all the chapters/videos
-When you are finished with all the chapters, read tour notes everyday for one week, do labs
-Get the blue print from cisco site and print it
-Go through the blueprint , write down what you know about each topic
-If you have problems remembering what the each topics are , go back to your book, read the chapter again
-Study your blueprint notes
-Do practice questions/ tests and labs
-Watch the videos again, from the beginning to the end
-When you feel like you are ready, take the exam
If you follow this path, I am sure you will pass the exam with a high score!
Free ICND Questions to get you started
you are always free to use the information on http://icndquestions.com to help you along the way. On the homepage you’ll find information about you’re exam, including free icnd questions and answers,summaries, tips,labs and charts to help you organize all of the information for you.
Please check the recent posts for more ICND questions, study tips and easy ICND topic explanations.
I hope this article has at least pointed you in the right direction and you now have an idea of how you want to start your studies in oder to get the CCENT certification.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below in the comments section, and I’ll do my best to find you the correct answer as soon as I can. Since this is an open forum format website, people in the future with the same question may benefit from you asking yours now – so please don’t hesitate to do so.
Lastly, thank you so much for your support. I wish you the best of luck on your journey!
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