Cisco announced a new certification on 25th of June, CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician), to its Career Certification Program. This certification is aimed for guys interested in starting a career in the vast field of networking.

CCENT tests the skills required to install, operate and troubleshoot small routed and switched networks with a bit of concentration in security and wireless as well. It’s quite similar to CompTIA Network+ Certification. It’s the first stepping-stone for moving up the ladder toward certifications requiring much more technical knowledge and expertise in the field.

No prerequisites are required for this certification. The required training for CCENT is Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND) and the exam is 640-822 ICND1, which would be available worldwide on 1st of August.

When you pass 640-822 ICND1, you can take 640-816 ICND2 to get Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certified. The latter mentioned exam covers topics such as IPv6 addressing, extending switched networks with VLANs, VLSM, VTP, IP routing protocols, NAT, DHCP, Frame Relay, and the list goes on. It’s aimed to make you comfortable with the Cisco terminology, and IOS commands.

The two exams cover the whole content of CCNA composite exam; 640-801. There’s a new exam coming up on 1st August with revised curriculum; 640-802. The revised curriculum of CCNA will be released on 26th of July 2007.

Anyway, for those of you who are inspired to get certified, if you have any questions just comment in here.

(CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, MCSE:Sec, Security+)