Cisco Certified

tommypatommypa Member Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
I have a dumb question. If you want to be Cisco certified what are all of the things that you need in order. Is it CCNA, CCNE?

I am unsure.

Thank you


  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Either one. Being Cisco certified just means you have a Cisco certification whether it be a CCENT or CCIE.
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  • tommypatommypa Member Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
    What are all of the certs that cisco has and what do they mean?
  • kalebkspkalebksp Member Posts: 1,033 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Here's Cisco's listing of certifications: IT Certification - Cisco - Cisco Systems

    You can click any of them to get more information. Most people start out with CCENT/CCNA.
  • tommypatommypa Member Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the info.

    If I start with CCNA what do you suggest I start with first the routing and switching, design, network security?

    Also do you recommend a good book to start with?
  • kalebkspkalebksp Member Posts: 1,033 ■■■■■□□□□□
    CCNA is all the same exam/certification, it just happens to be the associate level cert for multiple tracks. CCDA is the design specific cert, I haven't done it yet, but from what I hear you should have at least a CCNA level understanding of Cisco and networking before doing it.

    I wasn't particularly happy with the book I used for CCNA, but there are plenty of book recommendations in the forums. I think the book by Todd Lammle is a popular choice.
  • tommypatommypa Member Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for all of your input
  • phantasmphantasm Member Posts: 995
    As a quick note, you can do either CCNA or CCDA. The CCNA will allow you to advance to a CCNA Security, Wireless or Voice speciality. The CCDA is needed for the CCDP.
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