CCNA certification is one of the most vouched and valued IT certification throughout the world. As much as or even more than 1 million CCNA certificates have been awarded since it was first launched in 1998. So it is not by fluke that Cisco has achieved such humongous figures.
Cisco certifications have benefited both the employee as well as the employer. It is a known fact that many people have literally changed their lives and have got real benefits and acquired valuable skills in the process of becoming certified. There are innumerable instances where individuals having more than ten years or so in their networking career feel the need of getting CCNA certified.
A young lad looking to enter the field of computer networking should take the certification process very seriously.
Yeah, yeah I know that either you would be having a first-class or distinction of marks in your graduation, but now it is not sufficient to sustain and advance in the ever changing advancements in the IT arena.
It is better to be certified and do networking, rather until one day you end up not-working.
Here is the list of advantages of getting CCNA certified.
Benefits of CCNA Certification
1) Knowledge– In the process of getting your CCNA certification you are sure to increase your knowledge and understanding of the concepts. Even if you have years and years of experience in the field, you would definitely increase your knowledge and skills.
As they say, nothing can replace real world experience, but books are also equally important for keeping up-to-date with the new advancements in the industry. In the process of getting certified you would be bombarded with many advancements of the industry thus increasing your overall knowledge.
2) Alphabets behind your name- After getting certified, you would be able to write those four magical letters which certainly do matter in these days. So from the day you get certified till the next three years you would be legally and ethically right to use CCNA in your resume as well as in your business card. Apart from this you will get a CCNA card, certificate and letter from Cisco validating your achievement.
3) Career Advancements- CCNA Certification increases your chances of promotion. You could expect to move up in the hierarchy of your organization.
4) Salary Increment- Your next salary increment could be just around the corner after getting your certification. One of my friends got as much as 100% increase in his salary after getting his certification. You would tell that 100% increase is just unreal, yes it is possible, if you have good track record and are willing to switch jobs. Pay Scale – Salary Search: CCNA Certification
5) Stepping stone for many other certifications- CCNA certificate is a prerequisite for many other Cisco certifications. CCNA concentration like CCNA Voice, CCNA Security, CCNA Wireless and many other professional level certifications require a valid CCNA certificate.
Also some of the colleges give as much as 6 credits if you hold a valid CCNA certificate and want to do higher level studies.
6) Respect- Getting a CCNA certificates commands a certain amount of respect from your colleagues and employer. Some of your colleagues would have also tried to get certified, but could not get certified. So, this achievement of yours deserves a back-patting.
7) Employer benefits- Many employers like to employ certified people because it demands a well standing in the ever-increasing and competitive IT field. That is the reason many employers bear the cost of certification. It’s a kind of mutual give and take.
8) Kick-start your Networking career- Before getting CCNA certified, I used to think as to which option would be better i,e. Cisco or Microsoft. Now, I am certain that Cisco is the better option as the latter does not needs any extensive preparation. I could now get other desktop and Server level Microsoft certifications simultaneously.
9) On track- After getting certified you would be on the right track to go for many other professional level certifications. Getting the first certification is always hard but once you take the first step, the journey to the thousand miles at least gets started.
10) Personal Satisfaction- You always wanted to get certified, so after you receive your certification letter and other stuff, a sense of personal satisfaction, gratification, and relief is felt.
Those were some of the benefits that you could receive after getting CCNA certified.