The Ideal Network+ Candidate
The following list describes some relevant
statistics about the background and experience an ideal individual
might have. Don't worry if you don't meet these qualifications or
don't come that closethis is a far from ideal world, and where you
fall short is simply where you'll have more work to do.
Academic or professional training in network
theory, concepts, and operations. This includes everything from
networking media and transmission techniques to network operating
systems, services, and applications.
Between 9 and 24 months of networking
experience, including experience with Ethernet, routers, and
modems, with particular emphasis on the TCP/IP suite. This must
include installation, configuration, upgrading, and troubleshooting
in an internetwork environment
that includes hands-on experience with Web servers, email servers,
database servers, and DHCP and DNS servers. A solid understanding
of each system's architecture, installation, configuration,
maintenance, and troubleshooting is also essential.
Experience with the Internet,
Familiarity with client and network operating
Experience working with networking protocols,
If you were to review all the criteria that go
into making an ideal Network+ candidate, you will find that it
boils down to practical experience in a technical position
involving installation, configuration, and maintenance of networks.
We believe that well under half of all certification candidates
meet these requirements, and that, in fact, most meet fewer than
half of these requirementsat least, when they begin the
certification process. But because others who already have been
certified have survived this ordeal, you can survive it
tooespecially if you heed what our self-assessment can tell you
about what you already know and what you need to learn.