Questions about getting the Network+ certification

cptmellowcptmellow Posts: 9Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi Guys

I just got done with college and have taken classes in telecommunications and networking. I also took Cisco classes in high school for 2 years. I just wanted to know how much time it would take to get the Network+ certification. Or are there any certifications that you guys recommend. Any input is greatly appreciated. :D

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  • 10Linefigure10Linefigure CCNP R&S, Security+ USAPosts: 365Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Network+ is great to understand terms and technologies and ideas. You can order the Sybex books from a lot of places, I think its less than $30 on Amazon. Its was written by Todd Lammle and comes with a CD that has other great resources. Between that and TE you got all you need! < I just passed it yesterday. You can do it! After Net+ just explore, find what you really enjoy. It could be Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper, Linux, just pick something that you really enjoy and run with it!
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  • dpsmooth15dpsmooth15 Posts: 155Banned
    Yes I have input, SKIP Network+. That is all Goodbye.
    No, to be honest…..no matter which direction you are going in IT, I am pretty sure you could get there without taking Network+. Even with the all-mighty NOC, Help Desk entry-level gig. Cisco….. Cisco. It will open more doors. Go to Indeed, CareerJet, Dice, Clearance Jobs and count the 13 positions requiring Network+ then count the 73 potions requiring a CCNA or higher. You can get "Network+" knowledge from reading a book, Have you taken a exam for every book you decided to read throughout your life? but you still retained the knowledge…...…exactly
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Posts: 2,013Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    I passed my Net+ after ~ 5-6 weeks of self study w/ no prior networking education or experience. I'm sure it would take you less since you have prior knowledge.

    However, after taking Cisco classes for 2 years AND completing college networkign course, you have no reason to take the Net+. Jump straight into the CCNA.
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  • no!all!no!all! Posts: 245Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    It sounds like you've got some experience under your belt already. I'd take a few practice exams and see how you do. However, like DoubleNNs said with Cisco classes and a college networking course you might wanna just jump to CCNA. It's your call though and i'm sure you'll make the right decision :)
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  • Cisc0kiddCisc0kidd Posts: 250Member
    Or if you are near DC complete the Security+ cert.
  • nick944turbonick944turbo Posts: 2Registered Users ■■■□□□□□□□
    cptmellow wrote: »
    Hi Guys

    I just got done with college and have taken classes in telecommunications and networking. I also took Cisco classes in high school for 2 years. I just wanted to know how much time it would take to get the Network+ certification. Or are there any certifications that you guys recommend. Any input is greatly appreciated. :D
    As someone who had a Cisco based class in high school and taking a Networking class in my senior year of college, I would personally say take the Network+. A good majority of the material from the class in high school I have forgotten, and my networking class in college seems to barely scratch the surface of the Network+ material. Take a look at the exam objectives and see how well you know the material.
  • cptmellowcptmellow Posts: 9Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for all the information guys...I will most likely take the Network+ and then work for the CCNA. CCNA classes were taken 6 years ago so I probably don't remember a lot from there.
  • coreyb80coreyb80 Posts: 631Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    So is it safe to say that one should consider CCENT-CCNA route as oppose to going Net+?
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  • BadLuckIncBadLuckInc Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    coreyb80 wrote: »
    So is it safe to say that one should consider CCENT-CCNA route as oppose to going Net+?

    I'm studying Net+ then once finished with certificate in hand I want to do Sec+ then start up CCENT-CCNA. I think knowing you actually know the Network+ stuff will make it all that much easier and smarter to start on Cisco certs. This is just the route I'm going. All knowledge is worth having.
  • joemysteriojoemysterio Posts: 152Member
    ^^

    Yeah, I'm working on Net+ right now because of how much info there is in it. I like what someone on here said once, it's an inch deep but a mile wide. I see it as a good foundation to get off on the network path before venturing off into Cisco or something. but so far net+ has been tough, lots of concepts, protocols, and so forth and I'm only about 1/3rd of the way through my Todd Lammle Net+ book.
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  • MacGuffinMacGuffin Posts: 228Member
    coreyb80 wrote: »
    So is it safe to say that one should consider CCENT-CCNA route as oppose to going Net+?

    I believe the Network+ material to be a good place to start to get the CCENT and CCNA. It seems to me that if you have the CCENT then the Network+ does not add any value on a resumé. I took both the Network+ and CCENT exams and I can say they cover nearly identical material. The difference is that the Network+ is primarily Microsoft centered for any platform specific material, the CCENT is obviously centered on Cisco.

    I thought the Network+ course and exam I took was good practice for the CCENT. One downside to not having a Network+ certification is that some hiring managers won't know what a "Cisco" is and might pass on your resumé. Some people will look for a check list of items on a resumé, if Network+ is one of the items on their list then you get more "points" on your resumé. Another downside is cost, certifications aren't free.

    I can't give a yes/no answer to your question. The math on that equation will balance differently for different people.
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  • RockinRobinRockinRobin Posts: 165Member
    After studying Net+ for about 60 days, I'm going to skip the exam, and just go straight into studying CCENT. I'm currently reading Net+ Exam Cram book, and taking practice exams. When I ace those, then I'm just moving on to CCENT. Save myself $200+.
  • daviddwsdaviddws Posts: 303Member
    I think the network+ is good to pick up as a general requirement in IT. In my case I am not obsessed with networking like some of the people on this board, but wanted some general info and knowledge on the topic
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  • xnxxnx Do they matter? UKPosts: 464Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    You could probably just take the CCNA straight away...? Why waste money on N+..?
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