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    Awesome CCNA Security is on my list now
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisBryantCCIE12933

    Thanks for pointing that out - I didn't realize that was happening!

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    I might have missed it, but these are going to be all new exams, right? Or are they just going to take one or two of the pro-level exams and give you an extra designation for completing those?

    Personally, I'd rather spend my time working towards one of the pro exams than go for another associate-level cert. I'm actually kind of surprised that these are being received so favorably, especially by the hardcore Cisco guys. Maybe I'm just out of the loop and don't get it
    If you were gaining experience in the networking field these associates level "specialties" will help distinguish you from the other candidates.

    Many people on the forums have posted about either their own (or their best friends, cousins, roommate who knows a guy) difficulty in getting work as a CCSP or CCVP in that field without any actual work experience. These exams might help increase your chances, become a CCNA Voice and then get a junior voice job, build up 2 years of experience while you do your CCVP and you will be way more likely to land a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astorrs
    Many people on the forums have posted about either their own (or their best friends, cousins, roommate who knows a guy) difficulty in getting work as a CCSP or CCVP in that field without any actual work experience. These exams might help increase your chances, become a CCNA Voice and then get a junior voice job, build up 2 years of experience while you do your CCVP and you will be way more likely to land a job.

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    not to mention it lets you "test the waters" to see if you enjoy voice or security before embarking on the professional level route
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    Good points. I didn't mean for that to sound condescending (my post seemed kind of negative after re-reading it). That was a sincere question.
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    Good points. I didn't mean for that to sound condescending (my post seemed kind of negative after re-reading it). That was a sincere question.
    Oh I didn't think it was at all, I just wanted to reply because I could see others probably thinking the same thing.

    With all the recent posts along the lines of "I'm a MCSE/JNCIE/CCIE with no experience and I can't get a job for some reason", I thought I'd point out how these specializations might help prevent people from going cert crazy without any practical experience to stand on.
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    I think as a CCNA I did learn a lot about Cisco networking, but I want to stand out from other CCNAs and specialize in Voice, Wireless, and Security too! I think this is a better alternative for me rather than just moving on to CCNP. Once I get a good job and experience then I'm certainly going for the CCNP exam. I plan on doing all of these new CCNA exams. I've bookmarked the Cisco Press links and I intend to purchase the books as they come out and practice the topics. Once I'm done with my study, I plan on taking all three certification exams! Is anyone else planning on doing these three new certs also?
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    So let me get this right, the CCNA 640-802 exam is still the same exam, but they added three new exams of a CCNA level?

    The 640-802 is now $250, is it the same exam? Or has it actually been updated itself?

    Wow. I mean I know oil prices have gone up, but you don't have to raise the price on an exam dude
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammywanks
    So let me get this right, the CCNA 640-802 exam is still the same exam, but they added three new exams of a CCNA level?

    The 640-802 is now $250, is it the same exam? Or has it actually been updated itself?

    Wow. I mean I know oil prices have gone up, but you don't have to raise the price on an exam dude
    You have to have your CCNA as a prerequisite in order to take the other 3 new CCNA Exams. The price for ICND 1 and ICND 2 of the CCNA Exam are still $125 each, it's just the composite exam that has increased in price -- it's $250.

    In fact if you go to Pearson Vue and add the CCNA 640-802 exam you'll notice that it will come up as $250.

    The new CCNA exams will cost $150 each! I just confirmed this by going to Pearson Vue and clicking on the new exams.
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    Well I'm glad I took the CCNP Composite when I did.
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    interesting times!
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    looks like the CCNP exams are still $150 each
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    Wow, first time I saw this one. Sounds interesting. But they still aren't listed on Cisco's site.
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    Well its good that theres a high demand for network engineers, but then why charge a higher price for people to get CCNA certified? To me, $250 seems outrageous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammywanks
    Well its good that theres a high demand for network engineers, but then why charge a higher price for people to get CCNA certified? To me, $250 seems outrageous.
    Have you seen the price for CompTIA exams? $250 a pop. That is why I only did one.
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    Ya I think the price is fair. All they did was make the composite exam cost the same as the 2-exam path.


    Voice and Security are on the site, but not wireless yet. Where on their learning path are they going to put wireless?



    *rumor is there is a CCIE wireless coming out!*
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    Quote Originally Posted by GT-Rob
    *rumor is there is a CCIE wireless coming out!*
    I wonder how that would compare with the CWNE.
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    wow that sucks they are raising the price so much!
    I was just going to set a date for the full cheroot sometime next month. Now I gotta scrape another $100 together.
    Or maybe I will do the half test at a time path after all.
    I am encouraged by teh new CCNA paths. We talk about this all the time at my job. Every other jobsite I go to they are doing a VOIP rollout concurrent with an IT move. Or even just a plain IP phone rollout. it seems like it would a huge growth area in the near future.
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    They are bridging the CCNA to CCVP is good, but prices going up is the bad part..
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    Personally I think this is brilliant...

    Excellent way to ground yourself in voice,security, wireless before stepping up to the professional level...

    Hopefully will get the time to chase down these certs after I finish my NP and DP
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    ANyone know the actual published date for the CCNA Security EXAM Guide? Cisco Press reckons it's suppose to be out as of 23/06/08..... But you still can't purchase it off their site
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    I think the purpose of these exams is more to provide a deeper toolbelt for established Cisco engineers than to give people a step into the world of security/voice/wireless/whatever. I don't want to dedicate 8-12 months towards the security path because my career isn't in that direction but having the option to snag a entry-level security certification to put on my resume and show basic competency will be nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Boz
    I don't want to dedicate 8-12 months towards the security path because my career isn't in that direction but having the option to snag a entry-level security certification to put on my resume and show basic competency will be nice.
    I agree with that! Plus these last 3 years and renew with the other Pro certs unlike the specialists ones.
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