How about the value of Cisco Certification Exam? Cisco Certification is a certification system launched by Cisco. Cisco is the world’s leading supplier of Internet equipment. It provides professional technical support such as the widest range of network hardware, Internet Operating System (IOS), network design and implementation in the industry, as well as the world’s most authoritative network solutions.
Cisco Network Engineer Certification Level:
Cisco CCNA – Cisco Certified Network Associate
Cisco CCNP – Cisco Certified Network Professional
Cisco CCIE – Cisco Certified Internet Expert
The content, form and difficulty of the exams are very different in different levels, and the value is naturally different. Next, let’s discuss about it separately.
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The Value of CCNA
CCNA is Cisco’s primary certification for network technicians. Having CCNA Certification shows the ability to install, configure, run and troubleshoot medium-sized routing and switching networks. CCNA certified professionals have corresponding knowledge and skills, can establish connections with remote sites through WAN, eliminate basic security threats, and understand the requirements of wireless network access.
What is the best indicator of value? Salary, of course!
As a primary certification, CCNA is only a stepping stone to the threshold of network engineers. The value is low, and the salary is naturally very normal.
In first tier cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the salary of CCNA is about USD 600-900.
In second tier cities, such as Fuzhou, the salary of CCNA is about USD 450-600.
In third tier cities, the salary of CCNA is about USD 300-450.
The Value of CCNP
CCNP is Cisco Certified Network Professional, which is the intermediate certification in Cisco Certification. Obtaining CCNP Certification means that the senior network engineer has the ability to install, configure and troubleshoot the converged LAN and WAN with 100 nodes to more than 500 nodes. CCNP can manage the routers and switches that form the core of the network, as well as edge applications that integrate voice, wireless and security into the website.
Although CCNP is more difficult and contains more contents than CCNA, it is only a theoretical test after all, and there is no experimental test. Therefore, even if it is an intermediate certification, it is not very helpful in improving salary and ability. Compared with CCNA, the salary of CCNP can be increased by a small amount, but it is still far less than that of CCIE, with average value.
The Value of CCIE
CCIE is really a highly valuable certification!
CCIE Certification is launched by Cisco. It is recognized as one of the top and most valuable network engineer certifications in the global Internet field. CCIE Exam is divided into written exam and CCIE Lab. In CCIE Lab, it is required to assess the comprehensive ability, including troubleshooting, diagnosis and configuration. Therefore, the pass rate of CCIE Certification is only 30% officially announced by Cisco. Stringent certification rules make CCIE one of the most respected and difficult certificates to obtain.
If you pass the CCIE Exam, you will also get the unique CCIE number which be kept permanently. (PS: at present, only about 60000 people in the world have passed CCIE Exam) Engineers with CCIE certification can process 20% faster than ordinary engineers, improve customer satisfaction by 30% or more, and reduce the average available network downtime by about 37%.
When enterprises are deciding whether candidates are qualified, CCIE Certification is the evaluation standard second only to education.
Finally, let’s take salary as the indicator. In first tier cities, like Shanghai, fresh graduates can get an annual salary of USD 10000-15000 if they have CCIE Certification. In second tier cities, like Fuzhou, you can also get an annual salary of USD 9000-14000. Note that this is only in the first year of graduation, and the salary can be doubled after 1-2 years. For those who have some work experience, the salary will be much higher after passing CCIE Exam.