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Guidance in regard to MSCE and CCNA exams

Hello,

I am currently working in the capacity of a Network & Helpdesk Support for the past 3 years.

I would like to get certified now.

Kindly advise the certification path as I am interested in doing both the MCSE & CCNA.

Which Exam should I be giving first and what is the best options in selecting the Certifications which have good market value.

Your suggestions in this regard shall be deeply appreciated.
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Jody LemoineNetwork ArchitectCommented:
It depends greatly on what field you want to focus on in your IT career.

The CCNA is certainly much easier to achieve as it only has two exams required to gain the certification. It also has a longer shelf life as it isn't tied directly to a product but establishes a good understanding of networking in general.

The MCSE, on the other hand, is much more involved at five exams, if I recall correctly... but is more a professional-level certification compared to the CCNA's associate-level focus. A better comparison would be MCSA vs CCNA and MCSE vs. CCNP.

Personally, I don't place any real importance on Microsoft certifications anymore, but the job openings for Microsoft-knowledgeable people appear to be more numerous than for networking people. It really depends mostly on what you're most interested in.
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turki007Author Commented:
Thanks bro,

I'm interested in network field but I need also Microsoft certificate.

tell me how can I start.

thanks.
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Jody LemoineNetwork ArchitectCommented:
Before you can get your MCSE, you have to get the prerequisite certification: MCSA. Details can be found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsa-certification.aspx

There are six different branches of the MCSA certification, which are:

MCSA: Windows Server 2012
MCSA: Windows Server 2008
MCSA: Windows 8
MCSA: Windows 7
MCSA: SQL Server 2012
MCSA: SQL Server 2008

Once you've decided which branch you want to select, you have to pass each of the required exams (three for the server certifications and two for the workstation certifications) to get your MCSA. Only when you have achieved this certification can you proceed with getting your MCSE.

MCSE details can be found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcse-certification.aspx
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