Cisco Courses?

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  1. Any info on the above subject. ie which ones are useful for a technician. I'm looking to start my resettlement soon and would appreciate any advice.

  2. darn you roadster280, you beat me to it! :p
  3. Rough wage levels for those qualified in London area

    CCNA-25ish K
    CCNP-35ish K
    CCIE-50k+ but you need to know Cisco inside out.
  4. Thanks for the info. Just a few more questions though.....How long (time) does it take to complete the CCNA program? Also, does the CCNA cover all 6 modules or do you 'choose' where you wish to specialise?? Once CCNA qualified do you receive the CCNP on the job or is it more coursework/exams?? I'm leaving the army next summer so I need to start looking after myself for a change. :p
  5. I would suggest (if you can get it) doing the CCVP above CCNA/P, although it is a very hard course to complete it covers everything you need to know about VoiP. Failing that cisco call manager or an avaya course. If you become knowledgeable on CMAPI give me a call and I'll give you a job (40k + car).

    VoiP is the way ahead but if you are set on a CCNA/P pm me and I'll give you the details for Terry Jacks (ex TOT) who now owns a very good training company (or google him I guess)
  6. Checkpoint Firewall is a handy course to have
  7. A good source of training is at Comstor

    Good discounts for MOD and one of the few training providers to actually use live kit and not Sims.

    CCSP certification is a real money maker if you want to do consultancy work.
  8. nips - why are you looking at cisco specifically? Do you have other qualifications eg MCSA/MCSA any of the CompTIA A+/N+/S+ or ideally something along the lines of CISSP or ITIL?

    I work in IT in the RAF and any or all of these would stand you in better stead than CCNA with nothing else (qualifications or experience) to back it up.

    If you got the additional quals, then CCNA is pretty hard graft - took me 2 goes to get my CCNA and I was working in a cisco environment at the time. To progress to CCNP etc involves on average 4 or 5 further courses/exams. Oh yeah, and you need to re-certify every 3 years!!!

    Any questions give me a shout - I could probably point you in the direction of some good training material too, for free of course!!!
  9. nips let us know what you are interested in doing in civi street and it will be easier to give advice.
  10. Cow

    Cow LE

    I got out in May and did some poor courses for resettlement, make sure you research where ever you go, if you do go down the Cisco route, alot of people fail the exams first time round! Comptia A+ quals are poor, I wouldn't bother with them. Industry wants people who specialise in areas, I'm on less than I wanted but the experience from my current job will put me in good stead for the future.

    Edited as I can't spell
  11. You can Emule or Limewire the entire CBT Nuggets for CCNA/CCNP/MCSE and even CISSP. Then just sit back and watch at x2 speed until it's all in the swede. The exams (esp. Microshaft) can be Braindumped - this is the simple but laborious process of memorizing all the questions likely to be on the paper. As a former MS trainer, I used to encourage the students to watch the CBTs and then do expensive and time wasting classroom sessions only if necessary. The MCSE et al will get you an interview but real world experience will also do that and you can get trials of Server 2003 / Exchange 2003 et al from the MS website.

    If you're doing CISCO then I can send you a key for the Boson CCNA / CCNP NetSim which is a cracking bit of kit to simulate the actual Cisco IOS. This means with one low-spec PC you can simulate building the Cisco routers and switches.

    MCSE / CCNA will flag you as a newbie to a recruitment cüntsultant but that's no bad thing - you'll be top amongst a truly dreadful bunch. I've just been interviewing for a 1st / 2nd line support techie and the standard of MCSEs and IT grads was truly depressing. I saw nine candidates and only one turned up smartly and on time who could answer some standard questions. He was looking for 5k more than we wanted to pay (25k) and we've just made the offer. He's 21.

    He took me out for a beer last night and then back to mine for a braai and even bought the wife flowers and ice cream mars bars for the children. There's not enough of these types around and your RS time will server you very, very well. Unless you were a Spec Op, obv. We don't need people to sit at the back of the class with crayons that smell of pïss :D
  12. You could also try i2ko (, based in south africa, they do a Platinum package which consists of

    Linux + / Linux LPI 101 – 1st level Linux Certification course

    Cisco CCNA – 1st level Cisco Networking Certification course

    A+ - PC Desktop Technician Certification

    Network+ - Generic Networking Certification

    MCSE Server 2003

    I dont know all the prices but they maximise your resettlement entitlement.
  13. Are you sure that CISCO is what you want to do? As a tech, have you looked at VOIP telephony, this is a growing market with few qualified people with good job prospects, which might be a better option to make the most of what you have done in the Army.
  14. Nips

    I get out of the army tomorrow after a 26 year stint in green. I am CCNA and MCSE 2003.

    I start my new civvy job on Tue ( I was determined to be unemployed for at least a day LOL)

    My advice after sitting 5 interviews with different companies and being offered all 5 jobs is:

    If you don't have the experience you will fall at the first hurdle, all bootcamp CCNA and MCSE will get caught at the first technical interview and won't go any further. You must be able to rattle off the correct answers there and then.

    The badges will get your CV into the correct pile, experience will get you the job. If you haven't got 7 + years of IT work to add to your CV with hands on knowledge, you will have to start at the bottom of the heap.

    If you are new to the world of IT and really want to make a go of IT (pun intended) do a bootcmap MCSA and aim for a HelpdeskzServicedesk job.

    Hope this is a little help, please don't think that ANY bootcamp course will get you a £40k job in civvy street, IT WON'T.

    EXPERIENCE WILL, don't be down hearted, your EXPERIENCE could start today.

    Good Luck