I have all of CCNA certificates (CCNA 1 in october 2003, CCNA 4 in june
2004). I would like to know if and when my CCNA certification expires, and how I can stay up-to-date with my knowledge. The other day I got the advise to register as an alumni, but so far I haven't found out how to do that.
If you only have the Networking Academy "certificates" for CCNA1 , CCNA 2, CCNA 3and CCNA 4 when you passed each of these courses you are *not* "CCNA Certified". The CCNA Certification Exam is an external exam you take separately from your Networking Academy studies. Surely your instructors explained this to you!
Academy Alumni memerbship is available after passing one course. Log in to Academy Connection
using your Networking Academy student account username and password. On the menu on the left of the page you will see a link "Alumni Home" clcik on this and complete the Alumni registration process. However, looking at when you completed CCNA 4, you account may no longer be active. If you log does not work contact your Academy and request that they arrange to have your Academy Connection account re-activated.
Oh yes, they are valid certificates from Cisco Systems and the Networking Academy Program certifying that you have successfully completed each of the four stages of the training course. But to become a Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) requires you to take and pass the 640-801 CCNA Certification Exam. See this link about Cisco certification exams :
this one regarding CCNA 1 - 4:
states : "Students who successfully complete this portion of the program are eligible to earn Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNAT) certification." Note the words "eligible to earn", this means these courses only prepare you to take the certification exam.
That is why the Networking Academy Program has a "Voucher Exam" at the end of the CCNA 4 course - if you get a high enough score in the Voucher Exam you are eligible for a discount (usually 50%, it depends on the country) off the price of this external exam.
I am really concerned that either you have misunderstood what the CCNA is and its relationship with the Networking Academy Progam courses, or that your Academy instructors are misinformed, which is a disappointing reflection on their training. As someone involved in both instructor and student training we are extremely careful and thorough in explaining this aspect of the program.
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