The first step in general Cisco Career Certifications begins either with CCENT as an interim step to Associate level, or directly with CCNA for network operations or CCDA for network design. Think of the Associate level as the foundation level of networking certification.
General Certifications: Three Levels of Certification
- Associate: The first step in Cisco networking begins at the Associate level, which also includes CCENT, an interim step to Associates for those with little job experience. Think of the Associate level as the foundation level of networking certification.
- Professional. The Professional level is the advanced level of certification.
- Expert. The CCIE and CCDE are the highest level of achievements for network or design professionals, certifying an individual as an expert.