Specialist Degrees

GOGONUT2KGOGONUT2K Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Hello!

I saw that for ASA specialist I have to pass two exams: VPN & FIREWALL. I want to know if I need to complete all the CCNP exams to receive the ASA Specialist certification or just passing those two exams will be enough.


Tks

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  • Master Of PuppetsMaster Of Puppets Posts: 1,210Member
    Correct. In order to be certified as ASA Specialist you only need FIREWALL and VPN. To become CCNP Security certified you need all 4 exams.
    Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
  • SharkDiverSharkDiver Posts: 844Member
    So, Master, you already have the ASA Specialist then?
    What does that give you? Do you get some kind of Certificate?
    Thanks.
  • RouteMyPacketRouteMyPacket Posts: 1,104Member
    I have a lot of specialist certs (i'm awesome, I know). Yes, they send you a paper certification just like any other certification.
    Modularity and Design Simplicity:

    Think of the 2:00 a.m. test—if you were awakened in the
    middle of the night because of a network problem and had to figure out the
    traffic flows in your network while you were half asleep, could you do it?
  • SharkDiverSharkDiver Posts: 844Member
    :D
    I guess I was thinking that the Specialist Certs were over and above CCIE. I didn't realize that I was that close to one.
    Thanks.

    BTW...Shouldn't your cert be CCWKIA and not CCWNIA?
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  • Master Of PuppetsMaster Of Puppets Posts: 1,210Member
    I don't think there are a lot of people who care about these certs. Unless you get the full NP in whatever, I doubt much use could be pulled out of them.
    Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
  • RouteMyPacketRouteMyPacket Posts: 1,104Member
    SharkDiver wrote: »
    :D
    I guess I was thinking that the Specialist Certs were over and above CCIE. I didn't realize that I was that close to one.
    Thanks.

    BTW...Shouldn't your cert be CCWKIA and not CCWNIA?
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    No, CCWNIA is more abstract..i'm artist for #@#!% sake. icon_cool.gif
    Modularity and Design Simplicity:

    Think of the 2:00 a.m. test—if you were awakened in the
    middle of the night because of a network problem and had to figure out the
    traffic flows in your network while you were half asleep, could you do it?
  • SharkDiverSharkDiver Posts: 844Member
    No, but at least it's something.
    Sometimes it's just nice to be able to show some forward progress. (i.e. Annual Performance Review)
  • wintermute000wintermute000 Posts: 172Banned
    I don't think there are a lot of people who care about these certs. Unless you get the full NP in whatever, I doubt much use could be pulled out of them.

    Awareness yes but I am of the impression that nexus and/or UCS specialist certs are in high demand since those skills are relatively rare.
    as a CCNP Sec I can only laugh at people who list their CCNP Sec followed by all the sub-specialist certs (ASA specialist, VPN specialist, etc.) encompassed
  • RouteMyPacketRouteMyPacket Posts: 1,104Member
    Awareness yes but I am of the impression that nexus and/or UCS specialist certs are in high demand since those skills are relatively rare.
    as a CCNP Sec I can only laugh at people who list their CCNP Sec followed by all the sub-specialist certs (ASA specialist, VPN specialist, etc.) encompassed

    +1 and I feel the same way about people who put "CCIE Written". lol
    Modularity and Design Simplicity:

    Think of the 2:00 a.m. test—if you were awakened in the
    middle of the night because of a network problem and had to figure out the
    traffic flows in your network while you were half asleep, could you do it?
  • theodoxatheodoxa Posts: 1,340Member
    1. To show you are making progress towards a CCNP
    2. If you work with only a subset of the technologies covered by the CCNP. For example, I work primarily with Firewalls and VPN. I would think that having an ASA Specialist cert could be useful even before finishing the full CCNP.

    Of course, once you have the full CCNP...there is no reason to list the specialist certs. I drop lower certs (CCENT when I earned my CCNA, CCNA once I get my CCNP, etc...) from my Resume.
    R&S: CCENT CCNA CCNP CCIE [ ]
    Security: CCNA [ ]
    Virtualization: VCA-DCV [ ]
  • geek4godgeek4god Posts: 187Member
    I would not drop CCNA from your resume when you get CCNP. Resumes are frequently scanned for keywords and CCNA is more likely to be a keyword then CCNP. In general HR departments are the gatekeepers and frequently they will not know cert progressions. So they probably have no clue that you have to have a CCNA to get CCNP. Obviously that "should" change when you get past HR, but your first goal in a job hunt is to clear HR.
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