Cisco certifications are the most renowned and are considered as one of the toughest certification primarily dealing with the networking and security systems in an organization categorized under IT Domain. Cisco Certifications provides milestone of opportunities for the interested individuals seeking to enlighten their carriers in this field, thereby providing milestones not only nationally but also internationally, which is can be better analyzed by its head office at San Francisco, USA. That being said, the Cisco certifications and it’s benefits have been recognized worldwide. CISCO certification is a 5 level certification program under the IT domain that is:

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Types of Cisco Certifications:

  1. Entry Level
  2. Associate Level
  3. Professional Level
  4. Expert level
  5. The Architect

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Qualification required to avail Cisco Certification:

  1. The primary educational qualification required for being recognized as the Network Engineer is the 3/4 year bachelor degree in computer science, IT, Network Administrator etc from any recognized institution will suffice.
  2. After a bachelor’s program it’s advisable to opt for an IT Training and then Certification so as to have a hike in financial and non-financial incentives. For example Cisco certifications, Microsoft Certifications, Juniper Certifications, Checkpoint Certification and much more can be considered whilst making a prominent decision. Although in this article we will focus only about Cisco

COURSES AND DESIGNATIONS:

CCENT/CCT:

CISCO Certified Entry Networking Technician/ Cisco Certified Technician.

A CCNT Certification that is the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician or the Cisco Certified Technician that provides a platform in the field of networking, thereby, managing the networking domain the small scale enterprises. A CCENT certified professional will be easily distinguished in the crowd of IT degree holders, as it not only develops skills but enhances smartness and conceptual abilities on practical basis. Thus, It is the collaboration, data center, service providing, routing and switching, security and wireless.

Following are the job designations:

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CCNA/CCDA [Associate level]:

The CCNA certification that is Cisco Certified Network Associate is the foundation level of networking certification that is CCNA for network installation operations and troubleshooting. CCDA for network design. The certificate ensures validation of professional’s ability in understanding, configuration, operations and troubleshooting of the medium-level switching and routing networks which also includes to verify and implement various connections via remote sites using WAN.

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CCDP/CCNP [Professional Level]:

The Cisco Certified Network Professional validates and ensures in that the certified shall have the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and in probably, medium and large enterprises wherein collaborative efforts with distinguished specialists on matters of advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. The professional level forecasts more expertise with networking skills. It’s certification covers broader aspects of technology which is required to meet job roles.

CCIE [ Expert Level]:

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert is one who is recognized as an expert of different networking domain. CCIE Engineers are the highest paid IT Professionals.These experts have an apt knowledge and skills to architect, engineer, implement, troubleshoot and support the full suite of Cisco Security Technologies and solutions thereby, using various sophisticated technologies that serve the best to an industry to secure their web protocols and systems. Thus, it is an expert level certification stage, accepted as the most honorable certification worldwide in the networking industry.

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CCAr [ Architect]:

Cisco Certified Associate is the highest level of accreditation achievable and recognizes the architectural expertise of network designs who can support the increasingly complex networks of global organizations and effectively translate business strategies into evolutionary technical strategies.

List of Examinations for different Levels of CISCO Certification:

CCIE:

Basis Examination
Collaboration 400-051 CCIE
Wireless 400-351 CCIE
Routing and Switching 400-101 CCIE
Security 400-251 CCIE
Data Centre 400-151 CCIE

Service Provider

400-201 CCIE

CCENT:

Exam Number: 100-105 ICND1

CCNA:

Basis Examination
Cloud 210-451 CLDFND

210-455 CLDADM

Collaboration 210-060 CICD

210-065 CIVND

Data Centre 200-150 DCICN

200-155 DCICI

Industrial 200-601 IMINS2
Routing & Switching 200-125 CCNA or 100-105 ICNDI

200-105 ICND2

Security 210-260 IINS
Service Provider 640-875 SPNGNI

640-878 SPNGN2

Wireless 200-355 WIFUND

CCNP:

Basis Examination
Cloud 300-460 CLDINF

300-465 CLDDES

300-470 CLDAUT

300-475 CLDACI

Collaboration 300-070 CIPTVI

300-075 CIPTV2

300-080 CTCOLLAB

300-085 CAPPS

Data Centre 642-999 DCVCI OR 300-175DCUCI

642-997 DCUFI OR 300-165 DCII

300-170 DCVAI

642-998 DCUCD

642-996 DCUFD

300-160 DCID

642-035 DCUCT

642-980 DCUFT

300-180 DCIT

Routing & Switching 300-101 ROUTE

300-115 SWITCH

300-135 TSHOOT

Security 300-208 SISAS

300-206 SENSS

300-209 SIMOS

300-210 SITCS

Service Provider 642-883 SPROUTE

642-885 SPADVROUTE

642-887 SPCORE

642-889 SPEDGE

Wireless 300-360 WIDESIGN

300-365 WIDEPLOY

300-370 WITSHOOT

300-375 WISECURE

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Pay scale with various other cisco certifications:

COURSE BASIS SALARY Per Annum
 

CCENT

$70,698
CCNA Routing & Switching $79,942
CCNA Routing & Switching $79,942
CCNA Security $85,598
CCNA Video $86,425
CCNA Voice $89,889
CCDE Design Expert $94,743
CCNP Voice $95,060
CCIE Security $95,176
CCNP Routing & Switching $95,881
CCDA $99,946
CCNP Security $101,414
CCDP $105,008
CCNA Data Centre $107,045
CCIE Routing And Switching $112,858
CCNP Wireless $115,875
CCNP Data Centres $123,444

Pay scale according to different designations:

SrNo. Designations Salary [ in Thousand Rs.]
1 Network Support Engineer 134-336
2 Network Administrator 220-521
3 Network Engineer IT 174-463
4 Network Specialist 610-1118
5 Network Support Engineer 124-295
6 Software Engineer 321-657
7 Sr. Network Engineer 484-1033
8 System Administrator 217-513
9 Computer Networking IT 215-421
10 System Engineer 297-448

Pay Scale of Top Technical Giants:

Sr.No Companies Salary [in Thousand Rs.]
1 HCL Technologies 230-362
2 Ericsson Inc 301-488
3 Cisco Systems 325-1070
4 Tata Communication 432-953
5 Wipro Technologies 197-442
6 Wipro 254-411
7 TCS 171-260
8 HCL Infosystems 324-782
9 Sify 140-280
10 Aricent Inc 161-355
11 Dimension Data 399-560
12 Accenture 322-586
13 Reliance Communications 150-448

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Hence, CISCO Certifications are accepted worldwide. It not only adds weightage to your resume but also, inculcates such professionalism in oneself, that one stands different from the crowd of network engineers. Be it decent designations, various financial and non-financial incentives and handsome remunerations CISCO collectively helps in upbringing of an individual.