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Picking The Best CCNA Training Course

February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 181

Before you pick a CCNA training course, you should look for some very important attributes which can be used to determine which class you should take. Many of us are limited by the cost of the course, but with a little research you can separate the good from the bad and find a good deal in the process.

Content

There is simply a ton of material to go over to prepare for the CCNA certification. It is not feasible to get all of this information via video and reading hundreds of pages on your computer is not a real good idea. When possible, try to find a course that includes a physical book. This will avoid the eye strain that comes with sitting in front of your computer reading for hours and also allows you to read and study pretty much anywhere.

The best courses offer a book and videos. You read a chapter in a book and then watch the video that corresponds to the chapter you just read for reinforcement. This is especially helpful if you don't fully understand the material that was presented, often the video portion can really drive the message home.

Finally, the content should include a lot of practice exams. I realize that an entire industry sprouted up that does nothing but practice exams, but this is really just a way to cheat and it is not recommended. The practice exams should show you what you got wrong and point you to the material you need to go over again.

Training Updates

You want to choose a CCNA training course that is 100% up to date. This is different than a curriculum that was developed 10 years ago and the training company just added an "update" section in the back. This just adds confusion as you think you understand something only to find out the information has changed and you have to relearn a concept you already nailed. Of course, it costs money to keep training materials up to date so the companies only do this when necessary. However, it is definitely worth your time to determine when the last major update was to the course you are going to purchase.

Costs

The cost of the CCNA training courses can vary to extreme degrees. You should not assume that if you pay more, you will get something better. Different companies have different pricing models and it is apparent with a product that doesn't require inventory. In other words, once the company creates the course, every nickel they get back is gravy. Some companies focus on corporate customers and charge very high prices, while others are more concerned with individual sales.

Due to the higher than average CCNA salary you should expect with a little experience, no matter what the cost your ROI will probably be there. However, this doesn't mean that you should go purchase the most expensive course you can get your hands on. Nor does it necessarily mean that you should go with instructor led classes.

Do your homework and read every review you can get your hands on. Most people that have gone through the courses or are completely self-taught are happy to help out the new guy. You may even want to get some recommendations from one of the Cisco certification forms. Some of these are very active and have a lot of certified people weighing in on questions like this.

Timeframe

No matter how fast you expect to complete the course, you should plan for the unforeseen. Often life gets in the way of our studying and we have to put things on hold. Many training providers choose to limit your access to the material and charge you a fee to pick it back up. They profit from the fact that most of us that begin the course will never finish. In addition, of the people that don't, often they regroup and want to try again. If you are looking at training that does not remain active for at least one year, move on.

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

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