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  • New CCNA extensions; Security, VOIP, Wireless

    Here are some links:

    Cisco's certification page
    CertCities

    InformIT audio PodCast

    So, is this a legitimate need in the certification world or are they just trying to bilk us for more money? I know CompTIA's move to speciate the A+ cert was looked at as nothing but a money making scheme by some people. Personally, I'm slightly annoyed at the whole thing. I'm not in the position to view the price of training materials and an exam as a trifling expense.

    Any thoughts?
    Wesley David
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    Re: New CCNA extensions; Security, VOIP, Wireless

    It's not really needed if you ask me and you are right, it's a money making thing. People who do not want to pursue Professional level exams will take these exams to pacify themselves and employers for educational credits.

    They should incorporate all of these aspects into the CCNA exam. If they had a 100 Q exam, with the following breakdown:

    50% Switching/Routing
    20% Security
    15% Wireless
    15% Voice

    I feel that would be a sufficient test for the CCNA. Because it's becoming more and more prevalent each day that you need to have a hand in all of the above to properly maintain a network.

    I am curious though, will they allow someone to pass the CCNA-Sec to renew their previous CCNA?
    MCITP:SA, MCSA 2003, MCP, CCNA, A+, Net+, Security+

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    • #3
      Re: New CCNA extensions; Security, VOIP, Wireless

      Originally posted by boondock View Post
      I am curious though, will they allow someone to pass the CCNA-Sec to renew their previous CCNA?
      Quoth Cisco's web site:
      CCNA certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, either pass the current CCNA exam, or pass the ICND2 exam, or pass any 642 professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE written exam.
      So, that option either hasn't been explored yet or they looked into it and decided against it. I'm hoping the former but expecting the latter.

      Also, it seems that if one wants to get the CCSP or CCVP they must get the equivalent CCNA first. That's not bad to encourage the gradual assimilation of information, but something about this whole thing rubs me the wrong way. Maybe I'm just cynical.
      Wesley David
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      • #4
        Re: New CCNA extensions; Security, VOIP, Wireless

        Cisco Adds 3 Specializations to CCNA
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        • #5
          Re: New CCNA extensions; Security, VOIP, Wireless

          hello everybody
          with this 3 extensions is 640-802 already valid?

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          • #6
            Re: New CCNA extensions; Security, VOIP, Wireless

            Originally posted by oldowl View Post
            hello everybody
            with this 3 extensions is 640-802 already valid?
            640-802 is just CCNA. You can extend this with the 3 extensions for security, voice and wireless.
            See for more at: www.cisco.com/go/ccna
            Marcel
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