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Examining Certification Training For Cisco Network Tech Support

By Jason Kendall

The CCNA certification is the usual starting point for all Cisco training. This allows you to work on the maintenance and installation of switches and routers. Basically, the internet comprises of vast numbers of routers, and large companies who have various regional departments need them to keep their networks in touch.

Getting this certification will most likely see you working for national or international corporations who have many locations, but still want internal communication. On the other hand, you might end up joining an internet service provider. These jobs are well paid and in demand.

You should get a specially designed course that will take you through a specific training path to ensure you’ve got the appropriate skills and knowledge before getting going with Cisco.

Students who consider this area of study are usually quite practically-minded, and don’t really enjoy classrooms, and endless reading of dry academic textbooks. If this is putting you off studying, opt for more involving, interactive learning materials, with on-screen demonstrations and labs.

Many studies have proved that we remember much more when we use all our senses, and we get practically involved in what we’re studying.

You can now study via easy-to-use DVD or CD ROM’s. Instructor-led tutorials will mean you’ll learn your subject via the demonstrations and explanations. You can then test yourself by interacting with the software and practicing yourself.

Each company you’re contemplating should be able to show you some simple examples of the materials provided for study. You’re looking for evidence of tutorial videos and demonstrations and interactive areas to practice in.

You’ll find that many companies will only provide training that is purely available online; sometimes you can get away with this – but, think what will happen if your access to the internet is broken or you get a slow connection speed. A safer solution is the provision of physical CD or DVD discs which removes the issue entirely.

The sometimes daunting task of securing your first computer related job can be eased by some companies, via a Job Placement Assistance programme. With the massive need for more IT skills in Britain today, it’s not too important to become overly impressed with this service however. It’s not as difficult as you may be led to believe to land your first job as long as you’ve got the necessary skills and qualifications.

Ideally you should have help with your CV and interview techniques though; additionally, we would recommend all students to update their CV as soon as they start a course – don’t delay until you’ve graduated or passed any exams.

You may not have got to the stage where you’ve taken your exams when you will be offered your first junior support role; yet this can’t and won’t happen unless you’ve posted your CV on job sites.

You can usually expect quicker service from a specialised and independent local recruitment service than you will through a training provider’s employment division, because they’ll know the local area and commercial needs better.

A big grievance of a number of training course providers is how hard people are prepared to work to get qualified, but how little effort that student will then put into getting the job they’re studied for. Have confidence – the IT industry needs YOU.

Don’t accept anything less than an authorised exam preparation system as part of your training package.

Often students can be thrown off course by trying to prepare themselves with questions that aren’t recognised by authorised sources. Often, the way questions are phrased is startlingly different and you need to be ready for this.

Practice exams can be enormously valuable as a tool for logging knowledge into your brain – then when the time comes for you to take the real thing, you don’t get phased.

Review the facts below carefully if you believe that old marketing ploy of an ‘Exam Guarantee’ sounds great value:

Obviously it isn’t free – you’re still paying for it – it’s just been included in your package price.

Students who take exams one at a time, funding them one at a time are in a much stronger position to qualify at the first attempt. They are aware of their investment and revise more thoroughly to ensure they are ready.

Don’t pay up-front, but seek out the best deal for you at the time, and hang on to your cash. You’ll also be able to choose where to sit the exam – so you can find somewhere local.

Buying a course that includes payments for exam fees (plus interest – if you’re financing your study) is insane. Resist being talked into filling the training company’s account with extra money of yours just to give them more interest! There are those who hope that you don’t even take them all – but they won’t refund the cash.

It’s worth noting, in the majority of cases of ‘exam guarantees’ – you are not in control of when you are allowed to have another go. You will have to demonstrate an excellent pass-rate before they’ll approve a re-take.

On average, exams cost about 112 pounds twelve months or so ago via UK VUE or Prometric centres. So why pay hundreds or thousands of pounds extra to have ‘Exam Guarantees’, when it’s no secret that the responsible approach is study, commitment and preparing with good quality mock and practice exams.

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