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Vendor-Neutral Certifications

Table 2 gives you numerous certifications at varying levels of competency on everything from basics to specific technologies and operating systems. Note that as many such credentials are available from training and educational outlets as from industry associations or consortia devoted to specific technology niches or user communities.

Table 2: Vendor-Neutral Certifications.


Title (Acronym)




IP Routing & Switching

Identifies WAN engineers who thoroughly understand routing protocols and other concepts related to routed and switched networks.



LAN/WAN Communications

Identifies individuals who have thorough knowledge of LAN/WAN protocols and architectures (general).



Linux System Administrator

Identifies individuals who install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot systems that run Linux.



Network Administrator

Identifies individuals who manage LANS and WANS and provide user support.



Networking Monitoring

Identifies individuals who have general network-monitoring skills.



Network Support Specialist

Identifies individuals who support users on a LAN. Skills include installation, configuration, and maintenance of computers and other network equipment; and possibly user training.



UNIX System Administrator

Identifies individuals who install, configure, and maintain computer systems running the UNIX operating system.



Windows Support Specialist

Identifies individuals who install, configure, and maintain systems running the Windows operating system.




Identifies individuals with a broad range of skills related to hardware and operating systems support.




Identifies individuals with basic knowledge of and proficiency with the Linux operating system.




Identifies individuals with basic knowledge of and proficiency with networking protocols, practices, and technologies.




Identifies individuals with an understanding of advanced PC hardware topics and components, such as those used on modern, high-end network and Web servers.


Global Knowledge

TCP/IP Network Analyst

Identifies individuals with IP management expertise, including IP internetworking, troubleshooting, and management.


Learning Tree

Local Area Networks Certified Professional

Identifies IS and IT professionals—such as network managers, systems analysts, engineers, planners, and support technicians—who plan and manage networks.

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TCP/IP Certified Professional

Identifies system or network system administrators, support personnel, or system analysts who regularly use TCP/IP protocols and services.

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Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

LPI Certification (LPIC) Level 1

Identifies individuals who install, configure, network, maintain, and troubleshoot Linux workstations and servers.



LPI Certification (LPIC) Level 2

Identifies individuals with advanced Linux administration skills who monitor, tune, and optimize security and performance on Linux systems.


Lucent Tech

Lucent Certified Technical Expert (LCTE)

Identifies individuals who support ATM, Frame Relay, internetworking, DSL, VoIP, and VPNs.



Senior Network Specialist (NSNS)

Identifies individuals with advanced networking and telecom skills, including network design, protocols, services, and troubleshooting.



Telecom Technician Level 1/2 (NTT1, NTT2)

Identifies individuals with beginning (L1) and advanced (L2) skills in tuning, troubleshooting, and repairing voice and data networks.


Pine Mtn Group

Certified NetAnalyst-Cross Technology

Identifies individuals who design, maintain, and troubleshoot production networks, LANs, and WANs while focusing on protocol analysis.



Certified NetAnalyst-Architect

Identifies individuals with knowledge of advanced network analysis concepts, technologies, and techniques.



Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)

Identifies individuals who design, install, configure, and troubleshoot wireless networks, in addition to providing security for those networks.


WildPackets, Inc.

Network Analysis Expert (NAX)

Identifies individuals who pass Advanced Data Link and Area of Specialty exams, plus write a technical white paper. Knowledge exams include Ethernet, wireless, TCP/IP, and Apple networking topics.


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