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Jun 17th, 2008

Please help me understand something. CCENT is a new certification? The test requirement is ICND1? And CCENT/ICND1 and ICND2 make the CCNA? I ask because I was interested in taking the two test path but I didnt want to take that route and be just half certified. You know kind of half way to nowhere type deal. Is there a time limit between exams before I can take the second test. How long does the ICND1 last?

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jrensink78 Tue, 06/17/2008 - 12:29

You are correct that ICND1 gives you a CCENT. Passing both the ICND1 and 2 tests earns you your CCNA. You can also take a single composite test and go right to the CCNA and skip the CCENT.

The ICND1 test is valid for 3 years. So you would need to pass the ICND2 within 3 years of passing the ICND1 to avoid having to retake it.

cyphur353 Mon, 06/23/2008 - 04:32

A word of advice from someone who took their CCNA with no real world experience: If are a decent way through your studies, and find yourself confident in your knowledge and abilities after doing some lab work, I would strongly consider taking the full CCNA exam at once. It saves time, it saves money, and honestly is a quicker means to the same end. You will still learn the same materials if you are honest with yourself and your study habits.

Best of luck, whichever path you take!


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