Cisco Systems, Inc.
When it comes to networking for the internet Cisco Systems is a global leader. In today’s technology driven world, networks are essential components of business, education, government and home communications. The technical skills needed to operate within the world of Cisco hardware and software, continue to be an invaluable asset for companies, organizations and government agencies with regard to increasing productivity, improving customer satisfaction and strengthening competitive advantages.
Cisco Certification follows a pyramid model, with each rising level representing a degree of certification. The Associate level is the entry-level certification required for many jobs in relation to IT, network design and network operation. This level of certifications includes CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate). The CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician), while not a requirement, is often pursued before reaching Associate Certification. The next level of the pyramid is Professional, with a certification of CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) and CCVP (Cisco Certified Voice Professional). The pinnacle of the pyramid is the Expert level, which is capped off with the CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) and CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert).