Want to really understand what networking is all about?
1) CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate
The Cisco Certified Network Associate certifies the ability of the CCNA holder to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites. CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats and introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology.
To be certified as CCNA, candidates must pass the CCNA (640-802) paper. The new curriculum for CCNA includes the use of Internet Protocol, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol and Routing Information Protocol.
Go beyond the CCNA and show your boss and colleagues your mastery of routing, switching and troubleshooting.
2) CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)
Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) is designed for those who have the skill to install, configure and troubleshoot a LAN/WAN network of 100 to 500 computers. The CCNP certification has to be preceded by CCNA certification. The topics included in CCNP certification include converged networks, security, VPN, quality of service and broadband technologies like VOIP.
CCNP comprises 3 exams, including troubleshooting, and is valid for three years. Certified CCNP holders can work in Network/LAN/WAN administration and also as Network consultants.