What is Cisco Certification?
The Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification is the
most sought-after in the industry, denoting proficiency in supporting
diverse internetworks. The focus is on routing and switching in both
network design and support. And when you get your certification through
CCNA preparatory courses at Harford Community College, youíll have
obtained a skill level and depth of knowledge to successfully pass your
exam and to confidently perform in a business environment.
Why should I get certified?
It helps students get a foot in the door with either a prospective
employer or client. It lets others know your achievement level, and many
employers may use certification as either a condition for employment or
reward certifications earned with job advancement or promotions.
What kind of jobs can I qualify for and what salary can I expect?
Upon obtaining your certification, you can qualify for a number of
positions depending upon your background:
LAN Support II
LAN Support III
Network Planning Analyst I
Network Planning Analyst II
See www.salary.com for more
Where do I get a job? Will you provide assistance?
Harford Community College offers counseling and
assistance in your job search. Advisors are available to help current students and
graduates with resume development and interview skills. Visit the
Academic Advising and Transfer
Services website or contact them at 443-412-2301.
How long is the CCNA program? What will I learn?
The CCNA program consists of intensive training that
include lectures and exercises to teach routing and switching
in both network design and support. The training, taught by
Cisco-certified instructors, covers 280 hours of coursework and takes a
minimum of six months to complete.
CCNA Exam Requirements and Certificate
The CCNA exams are written by Cisco, and testing is administered at
a Thomson Prometric Test Center.
Certification is awarded for successful completion of the examination,
and not for completion of preparation courses. There are no further CCNA
education requirements or exams once the student has become certified.
For more information on scheduling exams, visit www.2test.com.
What are the Prerequisites?
The CCNA curriculum assumes prior knowledge of computer networks and
an introduction to the OSI Model. Students interested in enrolling in
this program should attend Computer Counseling night held at the
beginning of both the Fall and Spring semesters. Computer Counseling Night is
FREE to the public and instructors will be available to answer
Calendar of Events for details.
Iím still not sure the computer field is for me. What should I do?
Attend Computer Counseling night held at the beginning of the
Fall Semester on the Harford Community College Campus. Itís free to the
public. Computer training instructors will be there to speak with you
and help select the programs appropriate for you.
How much will this cost?
Costs vary depending on whether you opt to take the introductory
courses. See specific course listings and About
Certification Tests for fees.
Presidential scholarships are available for noncredit
programs for students who meet specific financial criteria. For
information, please call 443-412-2317.