View Full Version : CCNA vs MCSE
04-23-2004, 07:07 PM
The question im about to ask may sound really stupid but i would like an ideas, answer or explaination if posible.
I would like to know what is the different between CCNA and MCSE?
in the technical industry which certificate is more important (CCNA or MCSE)?
if you can only choose one course to study, which will you choose?
04-24-2004, 12:13 PM
The CCNA is an entry-level networking certification while the MCSE is an entry level Microsoft certification. I don't know what all goes into MSCE certification, so I can't really advise about that one.
The one that is more important depends on what specific area of the IT industry you plan on entering. If you want to enter into the networking arena, definitely get a CCNA, however, if you would like to be in the tech support field for Microsoft systems, then the MCSE is the route to go (I think).
Either way, I recommend getting A+ certified as well, maybe first. The A+ probably won't get you a job in and of itself, but it is somewhat expected to have along with the more specialized certification(s)
04-25-2004, 02:03 AM
I always get flaimed for my oppinion but, the two first tests in the MCSE are A+ and network+ (these two tests replaced networking essentials) then the remaining tests are Microsoft only tests each test will give you an MCP (microsoft certified professional) untill the MCSE is obtained. This is what you want to start with to get the basic networking and administration skills to start you out. with MCSE you will be able to land a job as junior network administrator or PC tech fairly easy.
The CCNA is basicly an advanced network+ that focuses on cisco equipment this cert on its own leaves you with very limited job oportunity if any. Most jobs that are looking for CCNA or higher cisco cert will want a CNE or MCSE to be the primary cert with CCNA as a secondary (specialty cert if you will) it is seen as a specialization to the administration tasks. Its sorta like saying you understand LAN and ready to move on to WAN technology.
The best thing to do is look at monster.com or dice.com and see what potential employers are looking for in your area.
04-27-2004, 06:25 PM
thank you! you guys, good info. I am currently taking CCNA class hoping to get CCNA certify then work on my A+ and maybe move on to MCSE..
12-29-2010, 12:31 PM
CCNA is an associate level qualification of cisco and the best one as far as its scope in industry is concerned.MCSE is very limited while ccna is very vast concerning all material aspects of networking,i have qualified it in 2009 by self study from many resources like https://learningnetwork.cisco.com and http://ccnaexam4u.blogspot.com and today i am working with a multinational at an awsome package
11-21-2011, 06:17 AM
hi i am lookinf for the latest ccna exam guides of certifyarea.com? if someone using then please let me know how good they are?
02-17-2012, 05:44 PM
As far as the Microsoft and Cisco certifications are concerned it all depends on what you wanna do. Not so much software vs. hardware more so do you like to deal with the server and LAN side of things or do you like dealing with routers, WAN, network topologies, etc. MCSE is on its way out the door though, it has been replaced by a newer Microsoft exam (sorry I don't remember the name) but there are a similar amount of exams. I'm not positive on the amount per exam but the few that I took were a little over $100 each.
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