To reach a desired job position in a certain enterprise organization, an individual has to show that he or she has what it takes to perform specific job duties and responsibilities. Usually, it requires years of experience to master or at least become an expert on a certain field. However, there is no better way to prove one s qualification other than passing exam certifications. This is the reason why a lot of certification institutions were established through the years. On the networking side, Cisco is the leading IT certification provider.

To indicate one s networking competencies, a candidate can take two options. First is by taking a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), then a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or make a huge step by taking on the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE).

CCNA is a prerequisite for CCNP, making it as an entry-level certification that indicates an individual s basic knowledge of networking concepts. CCNA is also the minimum criteria on most networking job posts. But then again, CCNP promises a better career opportunity, especially in terms of compensation. This will definitely give networking professionals the needed motivation to keep on learning new things as bigger rewards are at stake. However, there is a need for CCNP recertification every three years. Though preferably, taking on the CCIE certification should be the next target.

There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE but its difficult nature that makes networking professionals settle for the CCNA/CCNP certifications. Research shows that fewer than 3% of exam hopefuls attain CCIE certification, making it one of the most respected IT certifications nowadays. Getting CCIE certified is indeed a pride that proves one s exceptional networking capabilities.

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