Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. With a CCENT, a network professional demonstrates the skills required for entry-level network support positions - the starting point for many successful careers in networking. The curriculum covers networking fundamentals, WAN technologies, basic security and wireless concepts, routing and switching fundamentals, and configuring simple networks. CCENT is the first step toward achieving CCNA, which covers medium-size enterprise branch networks with more complex connections. The Cisco CCENT certification program is practical, relevant, and job-ready certification curriculum aligned closely with the specific tasks expected of these in-demand professionals. Cisco realizes that the network professional increasingly must focus on design, configuration, and support responsibilities as the technical consultant, specialist or expert on a networking team. Therefore, the Cisco curriculum is specific to the best practices of network administrators, engineers, and experts using the latest Cisco network solutions. To fill this talent gap, Cisco continues to develop training and certification products that help our customers be more successful using the network and the solutions that ride on top of the network—solutions like voice communications, video services and collaboration environments.
Achieving CCENT Certification
CCENT Certification offers professionals job-ready training and skills. The certification lays the foundation for job roles such as network administrator, network engineer or network specialist. Candidates gain knowhow installing, monitoring and troubleshooting network infrastructure. The curriculum includes Cisco switches, routers, basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performancebased skills. The curriculum also covers the use of the following protocols: the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP
addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; implementing and routing between VLANs, IPv6, OSPF, ACLs; implementing NAT, PAT and DHCP; and configuring simple networks.