CCENT is the technician exam that provides an entry-level knowledge of cisco networks. Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician endorses your ability to install, operate, verify and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network along with basic network security. You will be demonstrating the skills required for entry-level technical network support jobs. This certification gives you the power to prove to employers that you understand networking fundamentals, basic security, WAN technologies, and wireless concepts including routing and switching fundamentals. To achieve CCNA, you have to go via CCENT track that endorses an individual's ability to cover medium -sized enterprise branch networks that has complex connections.
ICND1- 100-101 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 is the exam that awards CCENT certification. As an entry point into the world of cisco certifications, CCENT requires you to have the knowledge of installing, operating and troubleshooting small branch office networks.
This exam cover the following major topics:
- Purpose and Functions of various network devices such as routers, switches, bridges and hubs
- LAN Switching Technologies
- IP Addressing (IPv4/IPv6)
- IP Routing Technologies
- IP Services
- Network Device Security
Total duration of this exam is 90 minutes (single and multiple answers, drag and drop, simulation, Simlet, and testlet). You will need at least 800-850 out of 1000 to pass ICND1 exam that will give you a CCENT certification.
CCENT is valid for 3 years after which you have to recertify to get validity for another 3 years. You have to pass one of the following exams to recertify yourself:
- Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
- Pass any current Associate-level exam or
- Pass any current 642-XXX Professional level exam, or
- Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams or Implementing Cisco Telepresence Installations [ITI] exams), or
- Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
- Pass the current CCDE Written Exam, or current CCDE Practical Exam, or
- Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications
CCENT certification can help you achieve the dream of becoming a Networking expert. It is the first steps towards Cisco Network level certifications. The basic knowledge of networks along with the ability to install, operate, manage and troubleshoot small branch office network. There are many job opportunities for a CCENT. But it is advised to get CCNA certification for better employment chances. Most of the time, employers ask for CCNA. Since CCENT is a prerequisite of CCNA and a relatively new exam, you can start your networking career by passing a CCENT, and continuing your journey towards a CCNA or a CCDA certification.
There are currently no prerequisites for this exam.
After graduating from a local college, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to become a networking expert. Perhaps, the best networking expert in the world. So I started researching. I found that Cisco is a leader of networking products. These products are used in most of the renowned datacenters in the world. To enter the networking arena, I needed a Cisco certification. A Cisco certification is the stepping-stone into the wonderful world of networks. When I consulted my friends and family, they advised me to get a Cisco certification if I wanted better chances at landing a job in a prestigious company.
I came across a friend who was doing a CCENT certification. He told me about how CCENT is necessary to get a CCNA certification, which is the first step towards becoming a networking expert.
I bought the books, study guides, Q&As to get myself acquainted with the wonderful world of Cisco networking. CCENT was easy. Since it was a field of interest to me. I read every book available including the ICND1 course books.
When I passed CCENT achieving 920 out of 1000, a friend of mine advised me to go directly for CCNA instead of looking for a job. But I applied at a local network services company anyway. I found out they were looking for a CCENT with high score. So I got interviewed and got a job. The network services company was a small game. I wanted to become a networking expert and CCENT was only the first step. So I did a CCNA.
The basics that I learned while preparing for the CCENT were the foundation of my entire career. I can't recommend it enough.
Ricky Burton, Network administrator at Blue World Network Inc.