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So you want to earn your Cisco CCNA certification but you are strapped for cash. Don't worry, you can find plenty of budget-friendly and time-friendly options online these days. Let's face it, you probably don't have much of either money or time these days, right? There are really 4 different ways to get CCNA certified. You will have to determine what fits your time and budget constraints.

Option 1 - Classroom Training

If you search Cisco's website, they will definitely have classroom training sessions close your home or business throughout the year. They will give you everything you need to pass the exam, including books and labs. I wouldn't even be surprised if they gave you some incentives like a free flash drive containing electronic versions of the books. Heck, they may even give you a nice Cisco polo shirt or baseball cap! The good news is that aside from the books and labs, you will get quality classroom and hands-on training from Cisco Certified trainers. The downside is that you are paying for quality training. Usually several thousands of dollars and the "Boot Camp" will take a week to complete!

Option 2 - Online Training

This is my personal favorite because you can get CCNA Certified for a very affordable price with quality study materials in the form of e-books and training videos. There are two flavors within online training. One is subscription-based and the other is pay-per-course or course bundling. Also, there are many companies which offer bundles of training for extremely low prices! I like the idea of having Cisco and Microsoft certification training for a couple hundred of dollars total! Of course, Cisco offers a study prep bundle for CCNA which costs less than $200. And, there is also a subscription-based option where you get access to the training library, practice tests, and simulations for 3, 6, or 12-months. Plus, you can go at your own pace! The downside? Well you don't get the live classroom or online training from Cisco instructors, the books are electronic versions, which I personally find hard to use as textbooks, and you can forget about that polo shirt.

Option 3 - Books

Yes, you can get CCNA certified using nothing but textbooks if you want. This is not a budget-buster since you can usually get cheap used or partially worn books for under $20 if you dig around online. Some books even include a CD which has more material, such as videos and lab simulators. Of course you can always get fresh retail-priced copies from Cisco Press. The best part is it's cheap and you can go at your own pace, but the downside is that you definitely have no expert training, classroom or otherwise. Oh yeah, did I mention you have to read these books? They are usually around 1,000 pages! Have fun!

Option 4 - Free Training Online

Where can you go to get free training online? It's hard to find but it's out there. Some people who really want to help and give back to the community open blogs and forums where they offer videos or courses covering CCNA exam topics. This information is usually free, but it is not Cisco Authorized material, so you run the risk of not learning what you need to know to pass. Also, you will probably not find free lab simulators either. This is important because part of the exam tests your ability to configure Cisco devices.

So there are your options for getting CCNA certified. Obviously, the online courses will be a better bargain versus traditional classroom-led training. And, if you want to casually learn at your own pace without breaking the bank, purchasing these types of course bundles is the best way to go. On my website, I highlight different companies which offer online training at very affordable prices along with some free online training.


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