PC Hardware

Network Certification

This tutorial is designed to give you a foundation in networks and a general understanding of network design and applications. Technician certification is a growing trend in the computer industry. The A+ examination touches on network terminology and design; however, some of the most popular networking certification programs are available through Microsoft and other NOS manufacturers. These companies offer many levels of certification; you should consult check manufacturer Web sites and community colleges for detailed course contents. Let's take a look at some of the available programs.

Microsoft Certified Product Specialist (MCPS)

Microsoft Certified Product Specialist (MCPS) certification is designed for advanced end users, computer service technicians, and network administrators who seek the fastest-growing certification in the computer industry. The MCPS certification is useful for those who want to demonstrate expertise with a particular Microsoft product, such as Windows NT Server or Windows NT Workstation. This is also the first step toward becoming an MCSE.

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification is the most sought-after certification in the computer industry. Qualified MCSEs plan, implement, maintain, and support information systems in a wide range of computing environments using the Microsoft Windows NT Server and the Microsoft BackOffice integrated family of server products. To become an MCSE, you must pass four core modules and two elective exams. For a detailed outline of the MCSE certification track, please visit www.microsoft.com.

Certified Novell Administrator (CNA)

The Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) certification is frequently the first credential earned by NetWare career professionals. CNA training provides you with the critical day-to-day maintenance and management skills you need to survive in the world of Novell NetWare and IntranetWare. The CNA certification is the first step to becoming a Certified Novel Engineer (CNE).

Certified Novell Engineer (CNE)

The Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) certification is currently one of the most popular credentials in the field of networking. It can give a tremendous boost to the career of any serious networking professional. Novell's certification curriculum is 50 percent industry-generic-as a Certified Novell Professional, you are qualified to support Novell-specific products as well as non-Novell products. Novell certifications are recognized worldwide as the standard of excellence for supporting Novell's Internet, Network, and GroupWare products. One of the leading vendor-certification programs in the IT industry, CNE training gives you the skills to provide high-end, solutions-based technical support.