A Cisco CCNA certification is the very first step an IT professional can take in establishing a career in the field of networking. Not only do employers and clients demand a reliable networking professional to be holding a CISCO CCNA certification, but as a responsible professional, you should be aware of the fact that attaining the certification is important to your career and profile as well, since a number of advanced networking certifications hold CCNA as a prerequisite.
There are a few basic steps you can take for preparing and taking the CCNA examination. You should first of all study the examinations you will have to pass and come up with a rough preparation plan in how much you need to cover in the curriculum and how long will it realistically take for you to prepare for them in a satisfactory manner. Once you are familiar with the structure of the examinations for this certification, you can proceed to register yourself for the exams.
You can register yourself and schedule the exams with Pearson VUE, the world renowned testing body, which administers the Cisco certification examination. The registration fee amounts to $150 and you will need to take the required exam of 640-802 CCNA or 640-822 ICND1 and 640-816 ICND2, concerning the understanding of the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices.
The passing of these examinations will qualify you to become a Cisco certified network administrator for a validity of three years, which will guarantee your employers or clients that you are capable of handling a network infrastructure effectively, at least on the basic level, and most organizations consider CCNA as a sufficient qualification for offering job positions. But of course, this is only the first step to further career growth for a networking specialist. You can always renew your certification before the expiration takes effect by passing the CCNA exam or the ICND2 exam again.