With the way Cisco structures it’s certifications, after you’ve done your base-level certifications and completed two to four years actually working in IT, you’re ready to move up to the next level.
You’ve already learned the basics via either a CCT certification, a CCENT certification, or both, and you’ve got a solid foundation of work experience putting that knowledge into practice.
And now… you want something more.
Yes, you love your job and you know you’re good at what you do, but you want to advance your career to the next level.
You’re ready to move up from Cisco’s entry level certifications to their associate level.
You might have been inspired to get more certifications after seeing your HR department post a new job description that you don’t quite fit the requirements for, a job listing from your dream company, or you might have loftier career goals in mind that are even beyond this next step you want to take.
You want to advance from a general engineer to a specialist. To advance from simply fixing problems to proactively planning strategy and preventing problems.
You’ve learned a lot on the job, sure. But right now, there’s only a limited scope that your current position has to offer, and to advance to the next level, you need to spend some time getting your hands dirty experimenting in a classroom lab setting.
You need the learning time so you can prove to yourself (and any potential employer) that you’re ready and more than qualified to take on more advanced responsibilities.
And the easiest way to prove yourself? Get a few new IT certifications that show off exactly how well you know the things you’ve just learned!
Enter: CCNA Routing & Switching and CCNA Cisco Security Certifications
The CCNA Routing & Switching certification proves to employers that you’re capable of installing, configuring, operating, and trouble-shooting medium-sized routed and switched networks in a company setting.
The CCNA Security certification, on the other hand, is a network security cert that shows HR managers and your potential bosses that you know how to troubleshoot and monitor networks as a whole to maintain the confidentiality of the precious, sensitive data they’ve got living in their computer systems. It tells them that you’ll be able to instantly recognize and mitigate security threats, keeping their businesses safe from hackers.
These two certifications together, especially when studied for simultaneously, let you focus on the design, implementation, and monitoring of a holistic business network infrastructure.
In fact, these two work so well together that we’ve put together a custom-designed program for professionals like you to earn them quickly and efficiently.
And as a bonus, you also learn the required security policies and procedures using Cisco’s IOS technologies.
How We Structure Our Network Security Specialist Course to Learn Everything in Just Two Weeks
The base training period our students go through is 15 days of study from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with four short breaks throughout the day. (You can see our upcoming schedules and locations here.)
It’s intensive, yes, but by putting everything back-to-back-to-back and following absolutely everything up with a hands-on lab to make sure you know how to practically implement the theory you’ve just learned, it’s hard to find a course structure that can beat it.
Plus, that dreaded stress of “I need to study so I can pass these tests” doesn’t drag on for months.
Our instructors who give lectures and lead lab discussions all have years of experience in the field and make sure to stay up-to-date on the latest of everything in network security and Cisco IOS, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not what you’re learning was outdated by some new technology update that actually released a year and a half ago.
Here’s the basic structure:
- 5 days: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Level 1
- 5 days: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Level 2 (CCNA R&S Certification)
- 5 days: Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (CCNA Security Certification)
Convincing HR to Pay Your Course Fees (Or Getting Other Financial Help)
Since this course is especially designed for IT employees looking for promotions, if your company has an open position, is expanding, or your boss had put in his notice, you may very well have a great chance at getting your HR department to cover your tuition fees for you. (Because no one likes to go through the hiring process.)
After all, they already know you fit in well with the company culture, and they’re happy with your commitment to your work and the company itself.
But, if you’re moving companies, there’s also plenty of payment options and/or government-based student aid if you qualify for it. (And if you want some help with it, just ask!)
Really, you’ve nothing to lose by getting in touch. Request some more information about the course today, or get in touch if you’d like us to answer any questions.