CCNA or 642-901for CCNA recert?

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Mar 15th, 2009

My CCNA is due to expire later this year. I'm considering my options of recerting. It seems kind of like a no brainer to take the 642-901. Since I have to take an exam why not take a step towards my CCNP? However, in my current job role I don't use this knowledge regularly. I'm not sure if pursuing a CCNP would be worth the effort at this point. Simply retaking the CCNA exam may be more efficient use of my time. Lastly, I've considered one of the other CCNA exams(wireless, voice, etc).


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crow930us Mon, 03/16/2009 - 02:50

Is there another Preofessional level exam that does match up with your current job role?

I would also look to the next 3 - 5 years and the different opportunities that might exist within your company and see if you can prepare fr something along those lines.

Which ever exam you choose I would try to aim towards where you want to be and the skills you want to pick up in the upcoming years.

andrew.fedyszak... Tue, 03/17/2009 - 18:04


I would definitely try to avoid taking CCNA exam again.

There is a lot of new material to cover anyway, so taking any 642 level exam like BSCI is the better option.

This way you will learn new skills and recertify at the same time.

Try to map exam to current or possible future role.

If you do not want to do CCNP track what about some specialism like CNAC or IPS? You need one 642 exam plus CCNA Security to get any of those. THis will recertify CCNA, gives you extra certification and will be easier then getting CCNP or CCDP.

There are no proper study materials from CiscoPress for IPS, so CNAC would be easier to study for (there are books available).

fathaansari Fri, 04/03/2009 - 12:54


I am in the similar situation my CCNA certification is already expired, can i take 642-901 (BSCI) exam directly or i have take CCNA exam again?


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