Can CCIE or CCNP replace the need for a degree?

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Can CCIE or CCNP certifications replace the need for obtaining a degree to get a best job in the networking field.

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it can replace the need for an actual college degree but it will be harder to get the top jobs without the college degree unless you have years of on the job experience on your side. I would take experience over a college degree any day. but without the experience you will need the college degree to show that you are a more rounded person socially. A person that is very good at dealing with others will work out better than a geek that knows a lot about computers but nothing about dealing with people.

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  • Ed Tittel
    College degree versus "high-end certification" (CCIE, CISSP, SAP consultant, whatever) is a false face-off. Most employers don't want either one or the other: they want BOTH. The college degree shows the ability to get through a long-term, general program while the cert shows advanced knowledge in what ultimately is nothing more than a narrow niche of technology. I'd also urge you to heed Buddy Farr's observations about the need for experience on the job as well as certs or degrees (another BOTH situation, rather than either-or), In practice, earning these advanced certs takes years, as does earning a college degree. By taking small, incremental steps toward both goals you will probably serve yourself and prospective employers better than by tracing to race to completion on any single one to the exclusion of the other. HTH, --Ed-- (check out bio, resume, & pubs at
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Certificate knowledge / certified never replaces to obtaining a degree. Certificate can help to grow you on a particular field / area, while degree provides a thorough/ in details knowledge. It covers not only the same topic, also it provides knowledge related fields / area. But degree takes long time to complete, while certificate course takes short times.
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  • Yasir Irfan
    I agree with Ed Tittel, a degree cannot be compared with Certifications like CCIE or CCNP. Both have its own place and both are important. Formal education happens to be a stepping stone to start a career.
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