Take a look at this graphic, lifted straight from the CompTIA page in the “Expand Your Credentials” area on the Cisco Website:
Yes, that’s right, Cisco is plugging the A+ and Network+ sequence as a natural precursor to the CCENT and CCNA certifications. In light of their recent announcement of the CCT program (see my 8/24/2011 blog on this subject for more information) I have to wonder if this changes anything.
But for now, here’s what Cisco says about the Network+ credential:
Network+ provides a solid foundation for networking professionals to pursue vendor-specific certifications such as the Cisco CCNA or CCENT. In fact:
* Most Network+ certified professionals move on to a Cisco exam within 6 months
* Network+ certified professionals have a higher CCNA exam pass rate
Shoot! There’s even a CompTIA IT Certification Roadmap on this page, too. What does it all mean? For one thing, it means that Cisco thinks CompTIA is doing its job to prep IT workers for entry-level skills and knowledge and building the kind of informed certification candidates it likes to see. For another thing, it means that both organizations find synergy between their respective programs and offerings. I’d like to see more of this kind of thing going on in the IT certification space, and I can’t help but think that we will.