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ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

Welcome to the Cisco Networking Professionals Ask the Expert conversation. This is an opportunity to discuss Cisco Career Certifications with Cisco expert Don Fields. Don is responsible for the development and growth of Cisco’s Career Certifications program. In recent months his team has launched a new Communications and Services certification for service provider audiences as well as a range of new focused designations including areas such as Internet solutions, cable communications and security. Feel free to post any questions relating to Cisco Career Certifications.

Don may not be able to answer each question due to the volume expected during this event. Our moderators will post many of the unanswered questions in other discussion forums shortly after the event. This event lasts through November 2. Visit this forum often to view responses to your questions and the questions of other community members.

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

Cisco Internet Solutions Specialist.....

Hello Don,

I am a Cisco CCNA, MCSE. I have very good understanding on all the topics covered on the CCNA exam. I am giving consultancy services to the ISPs in our country.

I want to pass all the exam of Cisco Internet Solutions Specialist exam. Just at this moment i want to go through with Architecture Essentials Exam (9E0-800). Please suggest me the self learning materials for it.

Thanks

HasanMahmood

ASKCCNA@msn.com

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

The recommended training to prepare for The Cisco Internet Solutions-Architecture Essentials exam (9E0-800) is the Cisco Internet Solutions Specialist - Architecture Essentials course. This course is available via self-paced e-learning format through our Certified Learning Partner, Ascolta. Please visit their website at http://www.greatequalizer.com/ to register and purchase the CISS-Architecture Essentials e-learning course.

Good luck on your future certification goals.

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

Hello Don. Regarding the Cisco Security Specialist Designation I understand there is four exams, one of them being Secure PIX Firewall Advanced. One of my questions; Is there a Secure PIX Firewall Fundamentals course that teaches concepts like IPSec components within the firewall? Does it include topics like configuration's for proxy server's and VPN's? How about content based access controls? I would like to get started on this track as I'm getting more questions all the time. Thanks for your help.

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Yes there is a Secure PIX Firewall Fundamental course. The Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Fundamentals (CSPFFv1.1) is a two-day instructor led course that provides an introduction to network security, focusing on how the PIX Firewall functions within network security. This courseprovides the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure, and operate the Cisco Secure PIX Firewall version 5.0(1). The course objective includes how to configure PIX Firewall IPSec VPN features in a PIX-to-PIX topology.

On the other hand, the Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced - ver. 2.0 (CSPFAv.2.0) course is a four-day lab-intensive course. The CSPFA is a task-oriented course that provides the knowledge and skills needed to describe, configure, verify and manage the PIX Firewall product family and the Cisco IOS Firewall feature set. The course objective includes how to configure Cisco IOS Firewall Context-based Access Control, and configure a site-to-site VPN utilizing the PIX Firewall.

Cisco Press will be offering a title later this year (scheduled Dec 2001), Cisco Secure PIX Firewalls, that is based on the Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Fundamentals-CSPFF and Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced-CSPFA courses.

To review the entire course objective and to locate learning partner please go to

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/certprog/cqs/security/

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Moderator:

Sir, I'm currently working in one of the Internet Service Providers here in the Philippines as a System Administrator. I just would like to ask the following questions:

1. What certification is best right for me ?

2. Where should I start ?

3. Where would I find the resources I needed ?

4. How much does it cost ?

5. Where would I take the exam if ever ?

Thank you very much and hoping to hear from you soon.

Benjamin

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

Our Certification program consists of three tracks, Network Installation & Support, Network Installation & Design, and Communications & Services.

Under the Installation and Support track, a candidate can obtain the CCNA and CCNP certifications. A CCNA can install configure, and operate LAN, WAN and dial access services for small networks, while a CCNP can perform the similar functions for larger networks.

Under the Installation & Design Track, a candidate can obtain the CCDA and CCDP certifications. A CCDA can design routed and switched networks involving LAN, WAN and dial access for smaller networks, while a CCNP can perform the similar functions for larger networks.

Unlike the first two tracks, the Communication & Services track only provides a professional certification, the CCIP. A CCIP can plan, design, implement or operate New World service provider networks.

Now that you know how our program works, the decision is up to you to decide which career path, Network Installation and Support, Network Engineering and Design Certification or Communications and Services, would be best for you.

There are several training options available. We offer instructor led and e-learning courses through our Cisco Certified Learning Partners. To locate a Learning Partner in your area visit the Learning Locator at http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/front.x/wwtraining/CELC/index.cgi?action=IncSearchForm. The CCNA and CCNP curriculums are also offered through our Networking Academy Program and as self-study materials. Costs vary depending on the amount of preparation you need prior to taking the exam. If you have a great deal of on-the-job experience you will need less preparation than if you are just starting your career.

Our certification exams are available trough Prometric and VUE. Both testing vendors have testing center worldwide. To register for an exam contact Prometric at http://www.2test.com or VUE at

http://www.vue.com/cisco/

Best of luck on your certification goals.

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hi

I'm a cisco academy instructor and I work at italtel, italian silver cisco partner. I want information about cisco system instructor certification. what do i need to teke it?

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To become a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI), you must first be sponsored or employed by a Cisco Learning Partner (CLP). Once you become sponsored by a CLP, they will guide you through the instructor certification process, which includes but is not limited to the following:

1. Select a Baseline technology (i.e. Network Installation and Support)

2. Take the course(s) (i.e. ICND)

3. Pass the exam(s) (i.e. CCNA 640-507) *Pass mark is based on the CCSI Exam requirements

4. Enroll for and pass the Instructor Certification Process (2-day evaluation)

5. Acknowledge the Cisco Certified Systems Instructor Agreement

6. Your sponsor (the Cisco Learning Partner) will submit and request certification on your behalf

For a list of Cisco's Certified Learning Partners, please go to:

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/listAllTP.html

Good luck on your future certification goals.

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

If I already have passed the exam(s), i.e., have my CCNP or CCIE, do I have to retake them for CCSI?

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Your pass mark from the exam you passed must meet the CCSI exam requirements. The pass mark required to qualify as a CCSI is higher compared to the pass mark required for regular certification candidates. If the passing score you received from your exam (i.e. CCNA 640-507 exam) did not meet the CCSI exam requirements, then you will need to retake the exam.

The Cisco Learning Partner that you're employed with can guide you to the Instructor Certification process, and will provide you with a contact person from Cisco that can provide you with the pass mark required to become a CCSI.

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This is Umair from Pakistan , I have done CCNA,CCDA currently i am working as a Systems Engineer now i am plan to CCNP & CCDP. In here Cisco paper fee is 150 $ that is too much for Pakistani people.If i want to do CCNP & DP its mean 150 * 5 = 750 $.

I am requesting to please do some thing for this reagion as Microsoft aslo did.

Waiting your Positive response

Regards

Umair

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

This is the first we have received of such a request. We would follow up on your suggestion and explore options in this area. We will follow up to find out how we can institute a program such as the one you have described in Pakistan.

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Don,

What can you tell us about CCIP in addition to what has been published? The details are a little thin. When will the C&S track be fully rolled out? I noticed that the new IS-IS Cisco Press book has been delayed until 2002. I am going to be sitting the BSCI soon, using RFCs etc to study the IS-IS portion (the CCIE TCP book has also been recommended by several folks in the know).

Thanks,

Scott

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

The CCIP curriculum covers IP based communications. The electives selected under CCIP currently are in line with major market segments that Cisco as a company believes will generate exponential growth over the next 2 to 5 years.

The C&S track will be fully rolled out as of 11/27. Currently the 2 core exams and 4 electives are available. The remainder 3 electives are in beta with expected completion in four weeks. Please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/ccip for updated information.

Under the CCIP program, Cisco offers the "Building Scaleable Cisco Internetworks" (BSCI) course and BSCI certification exam. The BSCI course/exam both cover the same objectives as the BSCN course/exam plus additional objectives on the IS-IS protocol. For those candidates interested in the CCIP certification and seeking to pass the BSCI certification exam, the BSCI course is the recommended learning path. For those candidates who have already passed the BSCN exam, preparation to pass the BSCI exam would mean acquiring the additional skills supported by the IS-IS objectives of the BSCI course.

Please visit our learning locator to look for these training items or contact one of our Cisco Learning Partners approved to deliver CCIP courses.

Title:

Overview of IS-IS Technologies, Structures, and Protocols (ISATS) 1.0 ILT 3.5 hours

IS-IS Deployment in Different WAN Environments (ISIDW) 1.0 ILT 1.5 hours

Configuring Cisco Routers for IS-IS ILT3-days (CISIS) 1.0 (Note: the above modules are part of this course)

Hope this is helpful. Please feel free to write if you have further questions. Thank you for your interest in our program.

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Hi Don,

I have been working with a Cisco Gold Partner(CTC Technology,Japan) as an engineer for an year now.

I have been an Instructor a couple of years back when i was in India, i would like to get back into teaching.I already have a ccnp.What would you think would be the first step in this direction.Please advice.

Regards

Mahesh

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The primary criteria for maintaining your CCSI status is being an active Instructor. You must actually teach

as a CCSI, which means affiliation with a Cisco Learning Partner, in order to maintain your CCSI certification.

If you are inactive for one year or longer, you will be required to complete the instructor certification process once more.

To become a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI), you must first be sponsored or employed by a Cisco

Learning Partner (CLP). Once you become sponsored by a CLP, they will guide you through the instructor

certification process, which includes but is not limited to the following:

1. Select a Baseline technology (i.e. Network Installation and Support)

2. Take the course(s) (i.e. ICND)

3. Pass the exam(s) (i.e. CCNA 640-507) *Pass mark is based on the CCSI Exam requirements

4. Enroll for and pass the Instructor Certification Process (2-day evaluation)

5. Acknowledge the Cisco Certified Systems Instructor Agreement

6. Your sponsor (the Cisco Learning Partner) will submit and request certification on your behalf

For a list of Cisco's Certified Learning Partners, please go to: http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/listAllTP.html

Good luck on your future certification goals.

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

Hello

Service and Communications.

When a the written test available for the Voice part.

And also the labs.

Regards,

Piet.

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

Thank you for you interest in the Communications and Services program.

Only the Optical and Cable exams are available at present time. The release date for the Voice exam is currently not available.

The Communications and Services lab exam is now available in select locations.

For additional information regarding Communication and Services program and how to register and schedule your lab exam, please visit http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/625/ccie/certifications/services.html#4

Best of luck on your certification goals.

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HI ,

I am interested in Taking the CVOICE and Universal DIal Access certification.I would like to know what exactly would be the books I would need to read and where I could find them.I have not been able to find any books for these certifications.

Thanks,

Roopa.

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The recommended self-study material to prepare for the CVOICE 640-647 exam is the Cisco Voice over Frame Relay, ATM, and IP book authored by Steve McQuerry, CCNP.

Cisco Voice over Frame Relay, ATM, and IP book is a direct complement to the Cisco authorized training course of the same name. Based on the content of the CVoice course, this book provides an intermediate-level treatment of Cisco voice technologies. The overall objective of the book is to teach engineers how to design, integrate, and configure voice over Frame Relay, ATM, and IP of enterprise or managed network services using various Cisco 2600, 3600, 3810, and 5300 multiservice access devices.

The book is available through the Cisco Learning Store, and the part number is 1-57870-227-5.

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HI Don ,

Thank you very much for your feedback.I would appreciate it if you could provide me with similar guidelines for the Universal Dial Certification regarding 5350s,5400s,etc.

Best Regards,

Roopa.

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

Our Technical Assistance website may be able to provide the guidelines you are looking for concerning our Access Products, AS 5350 and AS5400 Universal Gateway.

Please go to http://www.cisco.com/public/support/tac/home.shtml

The TAC website allows individuals to browse products, the product's hardware information, software installation & configuration, troubleshoot known problems, and obtain a product documentation guide.

I hope you will find this information useful.

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I've recently completed my CCNA WAN along with routing and switching and was wondering why there is so little information available for the WAN CCNP? Is there a particular reason the numbers for the WAN CCNP are so low in regards to people? Any suggestions as to where I should look for refresher information? I've taken the MSSC but it has been sometime ago.

Thanks in advance,

David

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Congratulations on achieving your CCNP WAN certification. Your certification is valid for three years from the date of achievement.

At this point in time, the demand for CCNP WAN is being evaluated. The current CCNP WAN certification is under evaluation for its future direction. You might want to consider our CCIP, CCNP or CCDP (Routing and Switching) certifications as well.

To receive the latest news, announcements, and information about our certification programs, please visit our "What's New" page at http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/whats_new/

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I understand that there will soon be a Customer Contact Engineer Certification (CCCE). Do you have information regarding the recommended training and possibly an outline of the test topics.

Thanks,

Brent Sherman

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Currently no announcements have been made about such a designation. We are currently reviewing the demand for a Customer Contact Solutions Specialist. Upon review Cisco will make a decision to proceed with the designation. Please be sure to visit our What's New section http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/whats_new/

for further announcements.

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can u help me that how can i get job in cisco systems

i really want to become a part of cisco systems

please guide me i'll be thankfull to you

sincerely

fawadqayyum

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

Thank you for your interest in Cisco Systems, Inc.

Individuals who are looking to find employment with Cisco can visit our

"Careers at Cisco" page at http://www.cisco.com/jobs/

Job seekers can review jobs available from this site and also submit their resume.

Cisco also assists certification holders in locating jobs requiring Cisco

Certification. A range of positions requiring Cisco certification or desiring experience with Cisco solutions can be found at our "Career Opportunities" page http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/careers/

Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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Re: ASK THE EXPERT- CISCO CAREER CERTIFICATIONS

Hello Don,

I had passed CCNP for monthes, and now I'm try my best on the way to CCIE, could you please give me some advice/tips.

Thanks and best regards,

Ben,

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