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February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

As an IT trainer, no matter which class I am teaching my students always want to discuss Cisco CCIE certification. Often, this includes individuals that never held a job in IT and are taking an introductory class in computer networking. Simply, the CCIE certification is more widely known than I have ever given it credit for.

Of course, people within IT and certainly within computer networking know all there is to know about the certification. The surprise comes that people that are about as far away from obtaining this certification as possible, have it as their ultimate goal. Students even see the CCENT training I do as a stepping stone towards the CCIE certification.

Unfortunately, this is not a very achievable goal and people should narrow their focus a bit more. Of all the students I helped master the basics, less than 1% will ultimately achieve the CCIE certification. The simple truth is that it is incredibly difficult and takes an inordinate amount of time and effort. For whatever reason, people that are not in IT do not see this as the challenge it is. The assumption is people that have achieved high level certification in IT are somehow less prestigious than someone who has the same accomplishments in a different field. If you put a CCIE and a CPA in a room, they may both have the same degree level and certainly have the same certification level. However, the CPA would be looked at in a much different light that the CCIE.

This is strange to me as the CPA may not earn a better living and there are a lot more CPA's than CCIE's in the country. Thus, if anything, you would assume the CCIE makes a better living or has a higher level job.

The CCIE is one of the most sought after IT certifications that have ever existed. However, very few actually obtain the certification and the vast majority of candidates give up or stop short. This should speak volumes about how difficult it is to obtain and specifically the level of dedication the individuals that have received their certification have. Simply, when you take something that everyone wants, but only a few have, the value rises dramatically.

For this reason, you see a lot of jobs on the various job boards that have the Cisco CCIE certification as a prerequisite. This is different than the lower level certifications that are always listed as preferred but not required. When a company needs the best possible technician for a project or to manage a complicated network, they always turn to a CCIE. This will keep the salary ranges strong and will continue to fuel the interest in this certification. The CCIE certification program will remain one of the most popular certifications in IT for quite some time to come.

Kevin has nearly 20 years of experience in computer networking using Cisco equipment. Visit http://www.ciscocareers.org to learn more about CCIE certification and how to start your career in computer networking.

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