The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) is a certification that acknowledges a candidate's ability to operate a small enterprise branch network. Basic network tasks performed by a CCENT will include installation and troubleshooting. A CCENT is also responsible for the basic security of the network. Additionally, the daily job tasks of CCENT will require the professional to have skill in the fundamentals of wireless and routing.
A CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification is an entry-level certification. Typically, someone with a CCENT certification holds entry level support positions in networking. These entry level positions provide an excellent beginning to a career that can be easily advanced with experience and additional certifications. For example, achieving this certification is a first step in the process of obtaining a CCNA certification from Cisco, which allows candidates to work with more complex networks within medium size companies.
In order to gain the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification, a candidate must pass the 640-822 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 exam. Once certification is obtained, it is valid for three years. Recertification requires passing the exam again, or gaining an advanced level certification, such as the CCNA, CCDA, CCIE, CCDE, a professional level certification, or a specialist certification.