At different times of my career, I found certifications to be a critical part of my learning journey. My first role as a channel systems engineer at Cisco drove me to begin my certification process. Now, as part of the Learning & Certifications team, it’s all about creating resources and pursuing training.
When I find a new technology area I want to learn, I look for a key vendor in that particular space to find out if they have a technical training program. Many times I’ll pay for an exam just to test and validate my own knowledge. But when it comes to Cisco, the training and certification environment continues to be next-level, standing the test of time. Here are four reasons why Cisco Certifications are still the best choice for my learning and certification journey.
#1: Cisco certifications prioritize lifelong learning
The cool thing about Cisco training is it creates a path for people to learn throughout their careers. You can progress from the CCNA to a CCIE, depending on your skill level. Or, you can move forward down a siloed path toward one specific technology. For instance, let’s say you start out in a networking job and your employer wants you to develop your skills for their data center. You can then take a deeper dive into data center technologies with Cisco training. Or, you can pick up several technologies and start new paths.
But it’s about more than that. Cisco provides a consistent, clean, logical path to certification that’s based on the skills you need to be successful in the real world. Even if you don’t pursue the certification itself, you know that you can trust Cisco training because it’s aligned to a globally recognized IT certification program. And if you complete training specifically designed to prepare you for a certification exam, then testing is all that is standing between you and a shiny Cisco certification. So, why wouldn’t you take the exam that awards you the recognition your knowledge deserves?
As for current Cisco certification holders, they have to renew their active Cisco certification status before their certification expires. If you would like to learn more about how Cisco prioritizes lifelong learning, take a look at how the Cisco Recertification Policy encourages certified individuals to keep their knowledge growing — and keep it current.
#2: Cisco certifications stay ahead of evolving technologies
As technology evolves, Cisco certifications continue to be recognized across the industry, standing the test of time to remain relevant. That isn’t a coincidence, either. It takes a conscious decision to update and evolve the entire program and ensure its certification holders have the tools they need to be successful and prepared for what lies ahead.
If I’m interested in a technical job, such as networking, I don’t want my first certification to be from a company nobody has heard of. It makes sense to seek certification from Cisco, the market leader in multiple technologies. Cisco certifications cover so many products and technologies that align with many job opportunities. In some areas, 40 to 50 percent market share.
Cisco’s Associate, Professional, and Expert certifications represent your level of expertise with specific technologies and communicate where your skills land in a globally recognized, respected way. Hiring managers trust Cisco. They know that if you have your CCNA and have kept it current, your knowledge isn’t old. You’ve recertified and kept abreast of technology changes.
In a way, earning a Cisco certification tells the world that Cisco has your back. And when an IT leader vouches for your knowledge, you can trust that their reputation can get you in the door. CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE technical skills or certifications are the standard markers in job-listing qualifications.
#3: Cisco certifications’ expert-led community of learners
With 25 years of certifications from different organizations, I still believe Cisco has the best method, building a consistent path with a community to help you prepare and maintain your knowledge. With some other organizations, you might need to earn 60 Cisco Configuration Professional (CCP) hours. Sure, you can read all the stuff from any source you can find, and maybe they’ll accept those hours. But with Cisco, you’re not scrambling to find your hours. Everything on your path is relevant.
The Cisco Learning Network gives you a place where you can discuss topics with Cisco business unit resources, engineers, and your peers in the field. And then there’s Cisco Live, which always delivers a ton of learning opportunities and different ways to bring Cisco Certified professionals, learners, and experts together (take a look at this year’s CCIE party in Las Vegas), where they could connect and celebrate their community.
#4: Cisco certifications and… Cisco training
Cisco is chock-full of relevant training materials for learners to study in the way that works best for them. You have Cisco Press technology books as well as cert-specific study materials. Virtual lab products, such as Cisco Packet Tracer and Cisco Modeling Labs, are available to stay current and learn new things. And in case you missed it, Cisco Learning & Certifications has an entirely new digital learning experience coming soon.
I know of no other vendor certification program that brings all the different pieces to the table, with training events, webinars, and lifelong learning paths that give you the incentive to become an expert in a particular area. With Cisco certifications, I know the next logical step from a CCNA is a CCNP. I know what books and training to get. Maybe there’s an ELT or ILT course to start prepping. Ultimately, the training, resources, and expertise all merge to form a complete package. Again, Cisco is building that path, and it is a simple one to navigate.
My advice for your learning and certification journey
When you’re ready to embark on your own certification journey, start with something that interests you. Whether it’s just something you want to know more about or to understand baseline skills in an area that potential employers are looking for; the whole idea is to learn — build skills and expertise — and keep learning. Certification is the checkmark that indicates that you have that knowledge. It tells employers you understand a certain technology. At the end of the day, employers recognize Cisco Certifications as the mile marker of what it means to be skilled at a professional level.
I’ve named some of the best reasons for obtaining a Cisco certification; lifelong learning, keeping up with current technology, and access to the community and resources. But as for me, I trust that my Cisco certifications will continue to be the best choice because they have pushed me to become the best version of myself.
Here are some resources to help you get started:
- Join a discussion with the Cisco Learning Network community. Browse the topic catalog.
- Cisco certifications attract new individuals every day. This community discussion thread can give you insight into what their skillset, education, and background are like. (Hint: it isn’t what you think.)
- Listen to this “Getting Started with your Cisco Certifications Journey” episode on the Cisco Learning Network Podcast.
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I’m looking forward to doing a cybersecurity and ethical hacking course in order to pursue a job as a security analyst. Wish my dream will come true.
The cisco certification i’m always excited to learn and recertified because the quality’s of training and content
Excellent, the cisco certification its wonderfull!!
Cisco cert still the best and bring a lot of opportunities
Excellent Certifications in the field
I’ve recommended certifications for learning and reinforcing knowledge for years! This post is a great reference for the reasons why, well done!
Thank You for your feedback and your continued recommendation of certifications
There’s a lot of options to be employed in ITSec, but it is also very difficult to get your foot in the door. With Cisco certification you definitely stand out of the crowd, as it is hard to get, but also shows that you can learn the things you might not know well and get things done. Cisco is a certification for the life long learners.
Completely agree with the article
Cisco certifications are very good.
I agree, cisco cers are still one of the best in the industry
Not only do you get an understanding of all Layers within the network, you also understand how to deploy devices in the network.
This is great advice. After a career of decades in this field, I finally did CCNA last December to validate my knowledge & got a fair bit of recognition of the achievement by colleagues. I then passed ENWLSD as my CCNP elective and hopefully I’ll pass ENCOR within the next few months to get CCNP Enterprise. I’ve already requested SISE next as we’re going to move our hospital wired dot1x using Cisco ISE, I’ll definitely try pass the exam for that too. I don’t think I’ll ever do a CPD course again without trying for the certification too. Preparing for the exam focuses your mind so much, and helps you build a framework of knowledge that you aren’t going to forget in a hurry. In my opinion, anyway. Good luck to anyone studying for cisco certifications.
Congratulations on your progress and the recognition you are receiving for your hard work and focus.
Excellent, the cisco certification its wonderfull!!
Completely agree. So much value.
I align myself more with Cisco certifications and… Cisco training
Good read and keen to see what the new digital platform is like ( Cisco U )
Cisco certification is one of the best
One of the best organized certification line and community and the resources
The practical portion of every test and Cisco learning course is something special. That’s what sets Cisco certifications apart for me.
Cisco certs really drove the earlier part of my career and were incredibly valuable. Nice to see the new push into automation and programmability with the DevNet certifications. It’s keeping in line with the industry and very relevant.
Thank You for the feedback Brad.
I’m glad to see you feel Cisco is on the right track with our certifications; staying connected and relevant to our industry.
Sound article with good advice.
I agree completely, having Cisco certifications opens doors and makes you feel like a professional. Excellent sources to learn from Cisco!
I am going to be teaching a cybersecurity course at the institution where I am employed soon, so this will be great to implement.
Cisco certifications are the best in network industry
I’ve found that once you start the certification journey you keep at it and really pile up the certs. The quest for knowledge can lead you down many paths. I started with the CCNA R&S, then I did security and then branched into the VOIP arena.
I agree. Cisco certifications are a great way of learning about new technologies.
Cisco certs are great for starting in IT and it allows us to keep learning new technologies as thing and industry evolves .
Cisco is the benchmark of networking and therefore it’s Certifications are valuable as always
The stimulation tool provided by cisco gives you a real life scenaro of how networks works. You learn from the scratch and gain knowledge about networks.
Great article! Cisco certs really are some of the best out there.
Excellent, the cisco certification its wonderfull!!
Excellent, the cisco certification its wonderfull!!
Based on the latest complete overhaul of their certification catalog, Cisco does a great job of making sure their certifications are current and inline with their product offerings.
Great article, I got my first Cisco Certification back in 2000 which helped me get my foot in the door for my current job and now 22+ years later I’ve taken over 25 tests at various points in my career and Cisco remains the benchmark certification program in the industry!
I want to become a professional in CyberSecutiry. I am also trying it to implement this course in my educational institute.
Cisco training and certifications are the best.
Great article on why Cisco certifications still hold relevancy today. The first two points are the reasons why I still find value in pursuing these certs. They do prioritize lifelong learning and are being updated as new technologies emerge.
Very good and true information!
When People see i have a cisco cert they don’t ask if i know what im doing … they know
Lifelong learning is a priority in a tech field; if you’re not learning you’re falling behind.
Cisco certs still is on top mostly because I can be sure that if I passed exam it definitely means I know this staff and ready to play with it.
Certifications vs formal education vs self-learning ?
You just forgot about the Cisco Academy program 😉
But I agree with everything ?
Good catch Daniel!
Cisco Academy is a great resource for learning. For those just starting out, we also have the Cisco Skills For All program.
Being in sales and selling to IT managers, Cisco certs always give you credibility.
Thank you very much for sharing your feedback, amazing!
100% agree , Cisco Certifications are extremely respected and valued in the industry
I am not so sure about #2. The last time (and granted it has been a LONG time) that I was REALLY studying for exams, building up labs for Cisco Certs (really even MS certs) the reading/study materials, and even the suggested lab build outs were referencing 5+ year old OS, software, and hardware.
I know it has to be super difficult to keep updating materials to cover old and new things, but at the minimum the study material/tests should follow a similar cycle as the software/hardware you are expected to support. For instance a switch timeline is about 7 years before EoL announcement, firewalls about every 5 years, etc.
Cisco certs are the best in the industry.
I have been writing Cisco Certifications since the Year 2017 and I can say what an Immense change its had on not just my Career Trajectory, but the Training and skills acquired truly gets you ready for on the Job Expectations. I look forward to achieving my CCIE one day soon.
Excellent points. Cisco certifications are still an industry leader.
Completely agree with all 4 points. I have had the opportunity to take courses with other manufacturers and I honestly have to say, Cisco is the best!
Thanks for the feedback Dany!
Certification Journey 🙂 so true
I love Cisco technology, and I want to be a part of It, I need the certifications for that.
Cisco certs have done so much for me!!
Cisco Certification create the foundation for my work. It give the real knowledge on how network should be. It provide an indept knowledge to technology. You know all the nutty gritty of what you are doing. Not the current approach of next next tab configuration steps. Thanks CIsco.
The 3rd reason is the most important. Learn from a huge community and prepare with them
I have personally earned several cisco certifications in the past, and I plan to get more in the future.
I agree, cisco cers are still one of the best in the industry. I’ve recommended certifications for learning and reinforcing knowledge for years!
Además de muchas más razones, gran artículo
Cisco is good about keeping the integrity of the testing.
I wonder why Cisco doesn’t promote discounted voucher initiatives like many other vendors. The last one to my knowledge was at Cisco live 2020 50% off for those with free pass. Perhaps I’m not connecting to the right channels and so, missing the info.
Excellent certification for the field.
Completely agree with this
Excellent, the cisco certification its wonderful. Good article
Thanks for the insightful blog
Cisco Certifications are still relevant in the industry and worth achieving.
Reason 1 most closely aligns with my experience
Great read and great information. thx
Cisco Certification helps me to see the broader aspect of the networking skills and helps me to get the job I have today.
Certifications definitely worth pursuing. Cisco has lots of different resources to help someone make it happen.
Good article. I still trying to get more certificate.
Cybersecurity would be a good new scope for Cisco Certifiations
Take a look at the Security training and certifications available from Cisco here: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/certifications/security.html
We also have free introduction level courses including security through Cisco’s Skills For All program: https://skillsforall.com/
Hi David, thanks for your feedback.
Be sure to check out the Cisco Security learning and certifications under the Certifications area in the Training and Certification pages on our website. We have Associate, Professional, and Expert level courses and certifications available on a variety of security topics.
If you are newer to the field, there are also training courses through Cisco’s Skills For All program – including security.
Wow, this sounds really awesome!
Cisco’s pathway are clear
Cisco certs are up to date with current state of networking. It is a good choice.
Cisco Certifications really helped me a lot.
I’ve got to agree that having a CCNA was very helpful in getting my foot in the door early in my career. From there, the progression of education through specializations and professional-level certifications has continued to advance my career as well.
Cisco Certifications are definitely an important part of keeping up with changes
Couldn’t agree more! Everyone knows the cisco certs
Cisco certs + some hands-on are unbeatable in today’s job market. New certs cover DevOps as well.
Very nice read!!!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Cisco Cert! Helpful
Cisco has definitely always stepped it up with their exams and learning resources ??
Agree! Got some by myself 🙂
I definitely agree that Cisco certs are the standard in the industry.
yes Cisco Certification still the best because:
– Cisco always bringing new technologies
– Product is good performance
– Scalability of product and supportive
– Love Cisco product and certification
I am currently working on my DevNet certification, and I think it can be a great start for a DevOps career.
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