Am I in over my head?

So I've decided to go directly for my CCENT/CCNA as my first (ever) certification. I don't have the A+ and Net+ background, but I still believe that the CCENT will be better in the long run. The only background I have in networking is taking ONE course at a university. Does anyone believe this path is recommended?


  • Mrock4Mrock4 Banned Posts: 2,359 ■■■■■■■■□□
    You'll be fine. There's no hard and fast rule where you should start. My first cert was the CCNA. In my opinion, the CCENT exams are perfect for someone relatively new to networking- they indoctrinate you into the cisco way, but teach you the fundamentals at the same time, which is good.
  • NetworkVeteranNetworkVeteran Member Posts: 2,338 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Sure! The CCNA was also my first certification. It's an entry-level exam and requires no prior knowledge or experience.

    I also never tackled the A+, as I don't ever plan to build/repair PCs beyond my own!
  • gorebrushgorebrush Member Posts: 2,741
    I took my first MCP exam at 21 years old :)

    9 years later and I think the count is approaching 20...

    MCSE - 7 exams, 7 pass, 2 fail (so 9 total)
    MCTS - 2 exams, 2 pass
    CCNA - 1 exam, 1 pass
    CCNA: Sec - 1 exam, 1 pass
    CCNP - 4 exams, 4 pass, 1 fail (5 total)

    So that's 18 I've taken. CCIE Written next month................
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