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Looking to get CCNA certified. Any recommendations on a training course or boot camp?

Not sure if these exist, but a course that lets you test at the end to get the CCNA (All inclusive) would be preferred.

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  • IMHO, Cisco is more "standard", Juniper is more "niche".

  • I am studying for my CCNA right now as well and I can highly recommend CBT Nuggets. Jeremy Cioara is a true kung-fu-Cisco-mastah

  • I looked into CED and they do provide a guaranteed Certification with some of their courses. So this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

  • I already have a good base for Cisco, I just need the Cert. But if I didn't this would be very useful. Thanks.

  • CLN Premium: CCNA and CCNP Training Package by Cisco offers not only training videos, a step by step training with labs, study questions and additional labs to play with. It is a bit pricey, $645 for 180 days, but it is very effective.

  • I have an Associate degree in networking, I just never got my Cert. Basicall want a down and dirty refresh with a test at the end, "all inclusive" deal. But thanks for the tips.

  • The need for CCNA is that my company pushes training really hard as well as certs. Continual self improvement. I figured since I am a network tech using almost all Cisco gear exclusively that I should go for CCNA. Then eventually CCNP and so on. If I plan to stay the long haul with this company, Cisco is where I belong.

  • joshyaf‌,  CCNA.  It depends if you are technical like pseudocyber‌ said or have a like job, you may be able to do some studying/education while you are work. Reading at night and investigating during the day will continue the educational track.  I also agree with  glink‌‌ in the use of GNS3.  With the CCNA from Cisco Press in hand and GNS that would be enough to pass the CCNA.  The only thing I would add is that as soon as you open the book you take the test within 60 days.  If you are new to Cisco Environment then maybe 75 days.  After those times you risk forgetting what you have learned.  I use INE.com, GNS3, and Cisco Press books for my studies.  Also, I work with the Technology I am studying on a daily basis.  My time from book opening to testing is 45 days.  It is basically a CRAM session because at any one time you may only use 20% of the material you are studying for a cert and the rest will be back ground information.

    Good luck,

  • I agree with you about the timing aspect. Some of the trivial stuff can be forgotten very quickly if you don't use it on a regular basis.

  • Testing has to be done through certified testing centers.  This is why they aren't strictly "all together."

    So if you want to do the course then sit the test you'll need to find someone running the training that also has a test facility.   A lot of training companies do since it's an easy up-sell.

    As for who to take the training from, I did the CCNAX bootcamp from Global Knowledge.   They included a test voucher for the combined course and a pass guarantee to get a rewrite if you fail on the first try.   That's hard to beat.