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Computer Networking Certifications Comparison

Computer networking certifications are among the most respected in the IT industry. Many of them are also expensive and time-consuming to obtain. Are they worth the effort and cost? Find out more about networking certifications.

MCSA - Windows Server 2012 (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)

Career level: Entry

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $495

How long the certification lasts: Doesn’t expire

Annual potential salary increase: $1,364

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 46 units / 98 hours of Windows Server 2012 training in installation, configuration, administration, design and infrastructure

Learn more about the MCSA

LPIC 1 (Linux Professional Institute Certification 1)

Career level: Entry

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $376

How long the certification lasts: 5 years

Annual potential salary increase: $7,969

Learn more about the LPIC 1

LPIC 2 (Linux Professional Institute Certification 2)

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: LPIC 1

Exam: $376

How long the certification lasts: 5 years

Annual potential salary increase: Insufficient data

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 11 units / 21 hours of training for the LPIC 2

Learn more about the LPIC 2

RHCSA (Red Hat Certified System Administrator)

Career level: Entry

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $400

How long the certification lasts: 3 years

Annual potential salary increase: $13,604

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 11 units / 21 hours of training for the RHCSA exam

Find out more about the RHCSA

CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert)

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $1,750

How long the certification lasts: 2 years

Annual potential salary increase: $24,486

Notes: Offers several tracks; Routing and Switching is the most popular

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: Extensive Cisco course offerings that support the CCIE certification tracks

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CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: CCNA or CCIE

Exam: $600

How long the certification lasts: 3 years

Annual potential salary increase: $17,039

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: Cisco-endorsed course offerings

Learn more about the CCNP