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Posted 04-12-2009 at 08:14 AM by jaymarting
Updated 02-15-2010 at 09:55 AM by jaymarting (updated for progress)

About five months ago, I decided to for my CCNA. And I decided to use to train for it. Preplogic has a fantastic program for networking wannabes (and networking already bes). For those of you only interested in the technology side of things, the CCNA is a decently high level certification from Cisco: Cisco Certified Networking Associate. My career in the networking field has been short for many but lengthy for me. Most of my 4 years have been spent as a Jr Network Admin at a small consulting firm. Here's a little synopsis of why I LIKE PREPLOGIC.COM!

Well after deciding to go for the certification, I had to decide how to go about it. I had heard of Preplogic (and other self paced companies) before but thought it may be better to do something with a live instructor). I considered the local community college - I'm in the Atlanta area (western side) - but that was too expensive and would take me a full 10 months. Books were an option but I was again faced with a time issue. Sure I could read the books and sure they would do the trick but dear God I really didn't want to have to read 650 pages of Cisco Press. And besides that, Preplogic has their own ebook for CCNA that I got for $1 on their site. Using Cisco's book would take me 6 months for sure. I couldn't torture myself like that.

I began doing some online research and came across PREPLOGIC. They were advertising an unlimited access program. It was less expensive than my local CC but much more than some books. So I did more research. I liked the program because they said it gave me access to everything on their site. So after I finished my CCNA I could go on. It works like netflix. I finally bit after the sales guy set me up on payments. I was not really excited about dropping over $1000 bucks in one shot. I've got rent, you know. My thought was this unlimited program from Preplogic better get me a raise!

Long and short of it is, very smart decision on my part. I got my CCNA training from Preplogic and quickly figured out I wasn't ready for it. I needed some additional basics under my belt. So I asked for the Network+ training from Preplogic and got that out of the way and went back to the CCNA. So now I'm A+ (had that already), Network+, and CCNA certified. And now I'm going for my Security+. And I still have another 19 months left on my unlimited subscription. The only complaint I have about the program is that It took me 6 days to get my Security+ training. I wish I could get my stuff more quickly. I hate waiting for anything. But I guess they can't control the post office. [update: Preplogic now offers their training online. I get everything instantly now and can watch it on]

Good news is I'm certified. Good news is I'm on my way. Good news is I still have a job while 2 others in our tiny little shop have been... um.... let go. I'll try to keep this blog updated with my progress on the CCNA and my experience with PREPLOGIC.
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    Salmon --
    Dude you are so right. I just jumped in there the other day to grab some of my new Preplogic training since I just passed an exam recently. I saw the new LMS and was pretty blown away as well. The syllabus thing is one of my favorite features. I am excited to see what other new updates they bring out.
    Posted 09-14-2010 at 12:33 PM by gbaxtin gbaxtin is offline
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    Yeah the syllabus is cool, but I like the test simulators even better. I actually found the mcitp certification practice tests to be harder than the actual test was. I was worried that I wasn't gonna pass the real test, but I called them up and my sales rep told me that I was good if I did what I did on the practice tests, so I went for it. Passed fine! I felt very comfortable with the exams I took and I felt like I was very well prepared for the entire situation. Actually, the other day I was doing some research online and came across some more blogs and stuff from Preplogic users. Good stuff. Glad to see a community helping each other out.
    Posted 09-21-2010 at 01:22 PM by salmon913 salmon913 is offline
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    it looks like they are hiring technical writers...maybe I'll go for that job, since my IT career as a Netowork Admin doesn't seem to be reaching any sort of pinnacle, ha ha. Does anyone know if they are offering a quick way to upgrade to MCITP from MCSE? I have my MCSE but I obviously don't want to (or think I actually need to) start over from the beginning with MCITP. I thought I read somewhere that it was only like 5 exams. Anyone help out on this one?
    Posted 09-27-2010 at 04:50 PM by Tancredi Tancredi is offline
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    yeah they have an mcitp certification upgrade pdf that like lays it all out...

    that should be exactly what you are looking for.
    Posted 10-05-2010 at 01:43 PM by gbaxtin gbaxtin is offline
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    Thank you so much! That pdf is awesome! Although, this process is definitely a long one. I mean, I am ready, but not, at the same time! I also just loathe the idea of having to study something else now that I am done with college. You know how your homework used to always just hang over your head? Well, that feeling keeps haunting me whenever I think about getting back into this. But, I need it ya know??
    Posted 10-12-2010 at 02:25 PM by Tancredi Tancredi is offline
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    Yeah, totally know where you are coming from. I have just recently finished a bunch of my tests and am taking a big sigh of relief. The truth is that these certs that I just got are going to help me tremendously, it's just hard to remember that when you are in the think of having to study and stuff. I definitely hear where you are coming from though for sure.
    Posted 11-08-2010 at 07:52 PM by gbaxtin gbaxtin is offline


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