So a 12 year old passed the CCNA test. I suspect that many people will use this to point out how easy, or pointless, certfication is, but I believe it is a testament to education and the value of a well organised teaching system
Network World posted this article :
Computerworld – World’s youngest CCNA: 12-year-old Irtiza from Pakistan: “World’s youngest CCNA: 12-year-old Irtiza from Pakistan”
So here are some thoughts :
- this young man has a lot of support from parents and the local CCNA Acadamy. (He was mentored by Curriculum Lead and Academy Instructor at Ahad IT Services)
- The young man probably has an aptitude and / or pushy parents.
- The CCNA material is well written and designed, that even a twelve year old (albeit an exceptional one) can sit down and learn what is needed.
- CCNA is actually not that difficult. You are required to think clearly, organise your knowledge, and remember some stuff. That’s it.
I, personally, am of the opinion that CCNA is equivalent to apprenticeship papers. Today, a trade apprentice goes to college for a short time to learn some basics. You know, this is how you hold a hammer, this is dangerous, be careful around sharp objects, and learn the trade jargon.
The CCNA course is mostly the same. You get taught our lingua franca, uou can do basic router tasks, and a foundation on which to learn something. You should also have some understanding of ‘network safety’.
If you ever, EVER, turn up at an interview and tell me that you haven’t had the time to sit your CCNA exam, but you have 10 years experience, you should expect me to show you the door, and be laughed off the premises.
But don’t think too much of your self either, CCNA means you have some basic skills, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are qualified tradesman. You need a few years of experience and CCNP / CCIP / CCDP to be considered for that.