There is a problem with my Cisco cert, cables?!?!

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May 21st, 2008

Ok, Cisco is all fine and dandy, but I've run into a problem with the knowledge that I have acquired from my CCENT and even study of ICND2.

Cables??? Employers want someone who can fish cables through 6 story buildings, install jacks and setup data closets. These diagrams with squiggles in them do not help.

So my question is, is there a certification or something I can pursue to learn cabling to compliment my Cisco cert? I need to know how to do all these things, what do I do? Something to do with Fiber and Cat would be fantastic!

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jim_berlow Wed, 05/21/2008 - 07:29

That is interesting. In my state / location, installing jacks and running cables through any kind of wall requires a low voltage electrician's license. Its silly, I know - but they must have good unions in my area.

Sorry, I can't think of a specific cert that will teach you this. Most certs I've thought of only test the characteristics of the media, no so much how to install it.

Maybe some one else has some information on this?

Cowsika S Dasarathan Wed, 05/21/2008 - 07:32

Although I haven't heard about such certification offered by Cisco, I would suggest to check Network+ certification, which I have heard long back that they cover such area.

Again please be informed that this certification doesn't cover a lot of other topics and not just the area you are looking into.

You may want to check this link, for getting more information : http://certification.comptia.org/network

ChaosInMind Wed, 05/21/2008 - 07:35

The study material I have for network+ does not tell me how to set up a data closet or run thousands of meters of cable through buildings. Thanks for the help though. I would assume to learn such material in a formal class with an instructor and hands on experience, sounds more practical for such a thing.... Maybe I'm wrong?

There is a pretty good professional cert called RCDD that you might be interested in:

http://www.bicsi.org/Content/Index.aspx?File=rcddoverview.htm

Or maybe contact a major vendor like http://www.siemon.com and see what it might take to become a XXXX certified copper/fiber cable installer. I took the Siemon class and found it a pretty good entry point.

The RCDD focuses on design methods and implementation. A good way to be involved in the entire premise wire and cable process that way you will know what your getting when cabling infrastructure is being added to your network.

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