Cisco Systems, Inc. specializes in networking and communications products and services. The company is best known for its business routing and switching products, which direct data, voice and video traffic across networks around the world. However, Cisco also offers storage networking, applications for unified communications, telepresence and collaboration (WebEx), and an array of services from simple product support to complete solutions for data centres and cloud management.
To ensure that IT professionals have the skills and knowledge necessary to support Cisco products and solve customers’ technology problems all the way around, the Cisco Career Certification program is all-embracing. It begins at the entry level, then advances to associate, professional and expert levels, and (in some certification areas) caps things off at the architect level.
Q: Why is a Cisco certification important? How can it help my career?
A: Whether you’re following a network operations or network design career path, Cisco certifications are uniquely positioned to assist IT professionals as they prepare to fulfill various Cisco-related career roles. Regardless of your chosen career path, job opportunities are plentiful for skilled Cisco professionals.
Possessing an endorsed Cisco accreditation verifies that you have undertaken the required training however it is important to note that this must be paired with the relevant industry experience.
Q: What’s the best Cisco certification to get? Which Cisco certification is most valuable?
A: The most popular certification is also often referred to as the gateway certification within the Cisco ecosystem. Most experts commence their Cisco journey by sitting ICND 1 and ICND 2 and then passing their Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate). This introduces them to the basic fundamentals of Cisco technologies which can then be applied to other specialisations such as Voice, Data Centre, Wireless, and many others.
Q: How do I schedule a Cisco exam?
A: Cisco exams, with the exception of CCIE lab exams, are delivered through Pearson VUE.
Q: How much does a Cisco certification cost?
A: Prices for exams vary by level and by currency. Associate and Professional Level exam prices range from AUD 213 to AUD 419. Choose your country to find the exact cost of your exam.
Q: Do Cisco certification exams expire?
A: Exams required for CCENT, Associate, and Professional certifications are valid for three years from the date the exam was passed. Exams for the Specialist certifications are valid for two years from the date the exam was passed.
Q: What is Cisco’s exam retake policy?
A: Candidates who fail an Associate, Professional, or Specialist exam must wait a period of five (5) calendar days, beginning the day after the failed attempt, before they may retest for the same exam.
Candidates who fail any CCIE or CCDE written exam must wait for a period of 15 calendar days, beginning the day after the failed attempt, before retaking the same exam.
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