Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the CCNA qualification?
A. CCNA stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate. You may already be aware of the fact that it is the hottest certification in the IT industry. The CCNA qualification is Cisco's entry level qualification for any person who wishes to show they have the necessary skills to install and troubleshoot Cisco networking equipment. For more info go to: www.cisco.com/go/ccna
Q. What is your pass rate?
A. Passing the CCNA comes down to hard work and dedication. It has nothing to do with how clever you are or using 'secret tricks' to pass the exam. On the course, we give you a blueprint to CCNA exam success, and if you use it you will pass first time. It worked for these students and it will work for you.
Q. How much do I need to know about IT to do the course?
A. We presume some basic knowledge about IT such as how to work a PC and the difference between a LAN and a WAN. The course notes do start from the very beginning which means a complete novice can read them. For the weekend training, all of the hands-on labs are written out for you to follow. As you gain more confidence, you will be able to configure the routers and switches without even looking at the book.
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Q. Are the trainers any good?
A. You know you are in good hands when you understand that our trainers are all Cisco consultants working for big clients during the week. They can show you how to apply your skills to the real world of IT rather than just talk about theoretical principles.
Q. Can I really pass the CCNA after one weekend?
A. If you follow our plan to the letter then you will pass first time as these students did. You need to thoroughly read through all of the course materials before coming on the CCNA boot camp. We recommend reading our course manual for about an hour a day for two weeks before you attend. The CCNA boot camp is there to cover any areas you are uncertain of, but mainly to give you as much hands on practise as possible. About two weeks after the boot camp you should feel ready to sit the exam. Any problems or questions after the course can be discussed with your CCNA mentors.
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Q. Why are other companies teaching the CCNA over a week?
A. They spend three and a half days giving you all of the theory, most of this time you will spend day dreaming and doodling on the page. We suggest that you learn most of the theory in the comfort of your own home or during lunch breaks and come ready to do the hands on part.
Q. Can I get a job after I pass the CCNA?
A. Yes. There is currently an upturn in the IT industry and a need for skilled and qualified engineers all over the UK. If you are already have IT experience, the CCNA will enable you to freelance if you wish.
Q. How does the CCNA Compare to the MCSE.
A. Our CCNA boot camp trainers hold both the MCSE and CCNP qualifications. The CCNA is far harder to pass than any of the MCSE exams - fact. In the CCNA exam you will be tested thoroughly on your knowledge of networking theory but also your hands-on ability to configure and troubleshoot a network. This is why Cisco qualified engineers command more money in the market than Microsoft qualified engineers.
Q. I am studying for my MCSE/MCSA at the moment. Should I finish that first?
A. That all depends upon what it is you want to achieve after all that studying. If you want to get into IT or get a pay rise then you could easily take a few weeks out and take the CCNA and then complete the MCSE/MCSA. Give us a call on 01908 263335 to talk over the best way forward for you.
Q. What if I want to be a security expert or go into another IT field.
A. You must build your IT career on a strong foundation. You have to learn the fundamentals before choosing a specialist route. The CCNA will give you the necessary skills to develop as an IT consultant.
Q. What support do I get after the course.
A. You get e-mail support from your CCNA mentors up to the time that you pass the exam. If you use the CCNA blueprint given to you, you should be a CCNA within around two to four weeks of coming on the boot camp. There is an excellent Cisco forum run by us available for all past, present and future students to use for support and help.
Q. What about training companies who offer a guaranteed pass?
A. Anything that sounds too good to be true usually is. In order to give this guarantee, you will be forced to take many mock exams until you are ready to take the real one. These companies sacrifice hands-on training tailored to real life for cramming your head full of questions that are likely to come up in the exam. The choice though, is entirely yours.
Q. Where can I stay when I come on the CCNA course?
A. The course is held at the DeVere Harben House in Milton Keynes. It is just off junction 14 of the M1, is close the Luton airport and Milton Keynes bus and train stations. You can book a room by visiting the website www.deverevenues.co.uk. The cost of the room is around £59 for Friday or Saturday nights including breakfast (but may be more if there is an event on). Please quote the CCNA course for the best rate. There is ample free parking.
Q. Can’t I just do the Cisco academy instead?
A. The Cisco academy course takes two years to complete, costs around £2000 and is taught by lecturers most of whom have just passed their CCNA in order to teach the course. Most have never consulted or applied their skills in the real world of IT. Please do shop around, but make sure your course trainer is at least a CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) and has consulted recently. A live network is very different to a classroom network.
Q. What do I get for my money?
A. Our famous CCNA study guide 'Cisco CCNA Simplified' value (£97), the 'Easy Way to Subnet Guide' (value £27), a free CCNA cram guide (value £17) and a comprehensive CCNA lab guide (value £67) plus other goodies (over £225 in total). You get to spend a weekend doing lab after lab. You get 20 hours with a highly experienced Cisco consultant who is applying his skills for blue chip clients all over the UK. You will learn how to pass the exam first time and by knowing your stuff so you can translate what you have learned into MONEY.
Q. How much can I earn as a CCNA?
A. As an employee you should command around £25000 (more in London). Working as a contractor you should aim for at least £25 an hour or around £48000 a year allowing yourself four weeks off for holidays.
Q. You're joking aren't you?
A. No, we're serious. There is no reason why, if you work hard and apply yourself, you can earn that much money and a lot more. You will be told exactly what to do to pass the exam and how to do it. We can’t do the studying, that bit for you but we are always here to help, even after the course.
Q. Is it better to take the two exam route for the CCNA qualification or the one exam? What about the CCNA Logo?
A. We strongly recommend just doing the one exam (640-802 is the latest version). You can get the whole thing over in one go and start to use the prestigious CCNA logo right away. Remember that the CCNA logo is highly respected the world over.
Q. What if I don’t have any IT experience?
A. We could tell you that due to recent changes in the IT industry there is an increased demand for certified staff, but you probably already know that. We can help with this by recommending the next step to give you the best chances of success in the IT industry. We have helped several past students with CV, references and interview preparation.
Q. Your CCNA course is really cheap. Why is that and is your company for real?
A. We keep our prices rock bottom by hiring the training venue only when we need it. We put the money we save into giving you more equipment and extras to make the course a fantastic experience for you. If you ever want to come along and sit in on a course you are more than welcome to try before you buy. Contact Us now for a chat.