Which certification would you suggest for a network admin in a telco?

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I am an assistant network administrator in a telecom company, and I want to earn some certifications. I now have a MCP 2005. Which track should I choose next? And how can I start studying for that?

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Gee, as much as I’d like to recommend some specific items, I need more information to understand your goals. You’ve passed an MCP exam, so I know you’re potentially interested in Microsoft certifications, but you also work at a telecom company so you’ve obviously got some experience and interest in working on carrier infrastructure as well. If you can tell me what kind of network certification interests you most, and whether you want to stay in network admin as a LAN administrator or a WAN administrator, I can probably make some good recommendations. Also, do you want to stick with Microsoft? What about Cisco? Does your job entail working with straight-on telecom gear? What about Nortel, Avaya, Lucent, and so forth? Please tell me more about your current situation and your career goals and I’ll come back with a more nuanced set of recommendations.


If you are going to stay with a LAN admin course then definitely get Net+ to start with. It ensures you have adequate knowledge of the basics with networking at least.

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  • Stiltner
    If you have your MCP and you're doing network administration, then you'd want to continue to get your MCSA or MCITP:Server Administrator on the Windows side. For working with Cisco gear, you want your CCNA etc For Linux, get Linux+ or LPI certification For Security you have Security+, then you have CISSP and the like from IC2 Our answer depends on your desires. It can be anything, when you ask a broad question, you get a broad answer. There's many many other certifications that might or might not be useful in your line of work. VoIP based certs, etc etc etc. You have to evaluate what you work with and / or want to work with in the future, to determine what to work towards now. Your hand cannot really be held through this one, its your decision to make, you make it and I'm sure everyone here, myself included will gladly help point you in the right direction.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    You don't want to get certified just for the sake of certification. You definitely need to find out what it is that you like doing and what it is that you're good at. Here's a bit on setting goals to accomplish what you desire in your IT career. Also check out these other bits on certifications. Bottom line, they're not everything so don't let a cert or certs decide on what you do in your career.
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