MOS 0631 Network Administrator

MOS 0631 Network Administrator

MOS Description

Network Administrators install operate and maintain Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) to enable command and control.  Typical duties include routing/switching configuration, premise wiring, installation of network components.  They establish technical control sites, conduct fault analysis, circuit testing and end to end troubleshooting.  Additional responsibilities include, network monitoring and Quality of Service (QOS) to maintain adequate bandwidth utilization in support of communication networks and data services.  Network Administrators will maintain records on activation/deactivation of communications links and maintenance actions performed.  Marines will be familiar with routing protocols, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Internet Protocol Security (IPSEC), subletting, traffic monitoring and cybersecurity.  Skill progression training for Staff Sergeant through Corporal is the Network Supervisor Course.

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Click here to go to Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) certification is an entry-level credential for electronics technicians who have less than two years of experience or who have trade school training in the field of electronics. Applicants for the CETa must meet the experience or training requirement and pass the exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optic Installers (FOI) certification is an intermediate-level credential for fiber optic technicians. The FOI exam focuses on a general understanding of optical fiber installation, connectorization, splicing, and testing; candidates for the FOI certification are expected to be familiar with optical fibers, connectors, and splice performance characteristics. Candidates must be proficient in the installation of connectors on various types of fiber optic cables using epoxies; additionally, FOI technicians perform mechanical and fusion splicing. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Installer 1 (INST1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The BICSI Installer 1 (INST1) certification is an entry level credential that demonstrates an ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information including pathways, spaces, grounding and firestopping, terminations of copper connectors, and knowledge of codes, standards and best practices.  There are no prior industry installation experience requirements for individuals preparing to sit for the Installer 1 exam, however, candidates must be able to distinguish between different colors, possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks, and be able to lift and carry items up to fifty pounds. To earn a BICSI Installer 1 certification, candidates must successfully pass both a hands-on and a written exam.  Once earned, the credential is valid for three full years.  

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Renewal Period: 3 years

BICSI Technician certification test candidates on their ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information. Individuals preparing to sit for the ITS Technician exam must possess at least three years of current and verifiable ITS industry installation experience. Participants must also be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks. The ITS Technician exam is currently based on the ITSIMM and is a two-part exam, hands-on and written. To become a BICSI ITS Technician, you must successfully pass both parts. If an individual does not hold both the ITS Copper and Optical Fiber Installer 2 credentials, the written exam will have an additional 30 questions.
Click here to go to Telecommunications Electronics Technician (TCM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Telecommunications Electronics Technician (TCM) is an intermediate-level technician credential for professionals who work in the telecommunications field. TCM candidates must have knowledge of wired and wireless communications basic concepts, which are then applicable to various types of voice, data and video systems. Telecommunications Electronics Technicians must be knowledgeable and have abilities in the following technical areas: Cables and Cabling, Analog Telephony, Equipment, Telecom Safety and Mathematics, Transmission Service Providers and Protocols, Distribution Methods, Computer, Digital Telephony, Interfacing, Internet, Network Infrastructures and Topologies, Office Wiring, Wireless Telephony, Test Equipment, Optical Wiring, and Troubleshooting. Candidates that hold a Standalone TCM and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET.
Click here to go to CompTIA A+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA A+ ce certification demonstrates competency as a computer support technician. The A+ ce certification is appropriate for entry-level technicians who perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. Security, safety and environmental issues, and communication and professionalism are also covered. It is recommended, although not required, that candidates have nine to twelve months of related hands-on experience as an IT professional.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) certification is an intermediate-level fiber optics professional credential. Candidates for the FOT certification are expected to have knowledge of fiber optics concepts pertaining to designing, configuring, installing, and maintaining fiber optics systems. FOTs test and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LANs) with various faults. The FOT certification is designed for technicians, system analysts, design engineers, managers, telecommunications professionals, fusion splicers, mechanical splicers, end users, and others whose professions require fiber optics knowledge and skills. The prerequisite for the FOT certification is the ETA-I Fiber Optics Installer (FOI), or equivalent work experience. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Electronics Technician - Associate-Level COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), Certified Electronics Technician - Associate-Level is an entry-level certification. This certification validates the candidate's basic electronic knowledge for entry-level electronic professions. The exam covers basic electronics, math, DC and AC circuits, transistors and troubleshooting. The Associate CET is also a pre-requisite for ISCET Journeyman level certifications. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to CompTIA Network+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Network+ ce is an intermediate skill level certification for IT technicians who can describe the features and functions of networking components and manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure. In addition, certification holders have a basic understanding of enterprise technologies, including cloud and virtualization technologies. Network+ ce is appropriate for computer network technicians, engineers, analysts and administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ ce candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ ce certification.
Click here to go to CompTIA Server+ COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Computing Technology Industry Assocation (CompTIA), Server+ is an intermediate skill level certification for IT technical support professionals that certifies the technical knowledge and skills required to build, maintain, troubleshoot and support server hardware and software technologies. The certification focuses on server-specific hardware and operating systems as well as virtualization, disaster recovery and security procedures. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Server+ candidates hold a CompTIA A+ certification and has 18-24 months of IT experience.
Click here to go to Outside Plant (OSP) Designer COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

BICSI, Outside Plant (OSP) Designer is for individuals who have knowledge in OSP technology and the ability to design aerial, underground and direct-buried infrastructures. OSP applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge in OSP right-of-way and route design, OSP space design (maintenance, holes, ducts, vaults), underground direct-buried, and aerial plant design, OSP cabling and hardware and OSP grounding (earthing), bonding and electrical protection systems. To earn the OSP certification, applicants must hold a current BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential or meet specific education and experience criteria. Applicants must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) focuses on design methodologies and objectives, addressing and routing protocols, and network expansion considerations within basic campus, data center, security, voice, and wireless networks. Cisco Associate level certifications are the apprentice or foundation level of networking certification. The CCDA certification is appropriate for Information Technology occupations such as network design engineers, system engineers, and sales engineers. Candidates must have a valid CCENT or a valid CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification prior to qualifying to sit for the CCDA exam.

Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCDA certification is no longer available.  It has been replaced by the new CCNA certification.  Please visit the Cisco website for more information.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certification is an advanced network design certification designed for seasoned IT professionals with progressive end-to-end network design expertise. With a CCDP certification, a network professional can perform the conceptual, intermediate, and detailed design of a network infrastructure that supports desired network solutions over intelligent network services, to achieve effective performance, scalability, and availability. The CCDP certification is appropriate for Senior Network Design Engineers, Principle System Engineer, and Network/Solution Architects. The Cisco CCDP certification program focuses on advanced addressing and routing protocols, WANs, services virtualization, and integration strategies for multi-layered Enterprise architectures. Candidates seeking this certification must first hold valid CCDA and CCNA Routing and Switching certifications, or valid CCDA and CCNP Routing and Switching certifications, or any CCIE/CCDE certifications, and successfully pass three written exams.


Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCDP certification is no longer available.  It has been replaced by the CCNP Enterprise certification. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is for entry-level network engineers that validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks. The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is appropriate for Network Specialists, Network Administrators, and Network Support Engineers with a recommended 1-3 years of experience. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam(s). Candidates must pass the CCNA accelerated exam or the ICND1 and ICND2 exams to achieve this certification.

Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification is no longer available.  It has been replaced by a new, consolidated CCNA exam and a restructured CCNA program. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.

Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching certification validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. The CCNP certification is appropriate for candidates with at least one year of networking experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions. Those who achieve the CCNP certification have demonstrated the skills required in enterprise roles such as network technician, support engineer, systems engineer or network engineer. Candidates must hold an active CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification, and successfully pass three written examinations.

Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCNP Routing and Switching certification is no longer available.  It has been replaced by the CCNP Enterprise certification. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.
Click here to go to Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an advanced skill level certification for experienced security practitioners, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across a wide array of security practices and principles. Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP CBK. Earning a four-year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list will satisfy one year of the required experience. Education credit will only satisfy one year of experience.
Click here to go to GIAC Certified Perimeter Protection Analyst (GPPA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Perimeter Protection Analyst (GPPA) certification targets individuals responsible for designing, implementing, configuring, and monitoring a secure perimeter for any organization; including routers, firewalls, VPNs/remote access, and overall network design. The GPPA certification exam does not have any education or experience requirements. The GPPA certification replaces GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst (GCFW) certification as of 1 Jan 2014; this name change reflects the emerging requirements in perimeter security such as Cloud, mobile and virtualization.
Click here to go to GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Security Essentials (GSEC) is an intermediate level certification that verifies a practitioner's knowledge of information security beyond basic terminology and concepts. GSECs are qualified to perform security-related hands-on IT systems roles. There are no prerequisites for the GSEC certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Data Cabling Installer (DCI) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Data Cabling Installer (DCI) certification is a Journeyman-level credential recommended for individuals a basic level of installer experience and training. DCIs are expected to understand the basic installation and service concepts of copper cabling, which are applicable to all the procedures required to safely and competently install communications cabling. Candidates must pass an exam.
Click here to go to Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) is an intermediate skill level certification for individuals involved in network and systems security administration responsible for developing the information security policies, standards, and procedures. Candidates manage implementation across various hardware and software programs in their organization. The SSCP is targeted toward those working towards positions such as Network Security Engineers, Security Systems Analysts, or Security Administrators. It is also appropriate for personnel in other non-security disciplines that require an understanding of security but do not have information security as a primary part of their job description, including information systems auditors; application programmers; system, network and database administrators; business unit representatives, and systems analysts. Candidates must have at least one year of paid work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).
Click here to go to CompTIA Security+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Security+ ce certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of IT security. Security+ ce is an entry-level certification that demonstrates a candidates knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. The successful candidate will perform these tasks to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability. It is recommended that candidates hold the Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.
Click here to go to Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is an advanced certification for the individual who designs, builds, and manages an enterprises information security. CISM focuses on information risk management as the basis of information security. It also includes material on broader issues such as how to govern information security as well as on practical issues such as developing and managing an information security program and managing incidents. This certification is targeted toward experienced information security managers and those who have information security management responsibilities. Five or more years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work experience is required.
Click here to go to GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) is an entry-level certification that demonstrates a professional's knowledge of security's foundation, computer functions and networking, introductory level cryptography, and cybersecurity technologies. GISFs demonstrate an understanding of fundamental information security concepts, including, threats and risks to information resources, and best practices that can be used to protect, and diversification of a protection strategy. There are no prerequisites for this certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Line and Antenna Sweep (LAS) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-1), Line and Antenna Sweep (LAS) is a frequency domain reflectometer (FDR) certification. Requirements for the LAS certification include completion of a training course from an approved ETA-I school, hands-on testing and verification of line and antenna sweeping skills using modern FDR equipment, and a written exam. Basic knowledge of fundamental electronics and wireless communications is recommended. The LAS is a stand-alone certification but may be upgraded to a Journeyman CET by meeting additional requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. With a CCENT, a network professional demonstrates the skills required for entry-level network support positions - the starting point for many successful careers in networking. This includes networking fundamentals, WAN technologies, basic security and wireless concepts, routing and switching fundamentals, and configuring simple networks. The CCENT certification is appropriate for IT occupations including network and computer support technicians. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.

Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCENT certification is no longer available.  Cisco recommends the new CCNA certification to cover a broad range of fundamentals for IT careers. Other entry level certifications include the Cisco Certified Technician (CTT) certification which has a Data Center pathway and a Routing and Switching pathway. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.
Click here to go to Installer 2 - Copper (INSTC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The BICSI Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) certification is an intermediate level credential that demonstrates the ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information including interpretation of drawing, plans and specifications, testing and troubleshooting copper installations, media selection, and knowledge of applicable codes, standards and best practices. While there are no pre-requisite certifications to earn this credential, candidates must have one year of verifiable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry installation experience within the last five years. In addition, participants sitting for the Installer 2, Copper exam must be able to distinguish between different colors, possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks, and stand for extended periods of time.  To become a BICSI Installer 2, Copper, candidates must successfully pass both a hands-on and a written exam. Once earned, the credential is valid for three full years and may be renewed.



Click here to go to Installer 2 - Optical Fiber (INSTF) COOL Snapshot page.

The BICSI, Installer 2 - Optical Fiber (INSTF) is for cabling installers who conduct site surveys, pull wire/cable, and terminate and test copper and optical fiber cable to the highest level of specification. Candidates must possess at least two years of verifiable information and communications technology (ICT) industry installation experience within the last five years. Candidates must also pass a two-part written and hands-on exam.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks, including the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats. The Cisco CCNA Security curriculum emphasizes core security technologies, the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices, and competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure. CCNA Security is targeted towards job roles such as Network Security Specialist, Security Administrator, or Network Security Support Engineer. There are no formal education or experience requirements, however candidates must hold a valid CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or any CCIE certification to be eligible for the CCNA Security certification.

Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCNA Security certification is no longer available.  It has been replaced by a new, consolidated CCNA exam and a restructured CCNA program. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.
Click here to go to Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians who can install and troubleshoot telecommunications services (video, voice, and data) at customers’ premises. BPI candidates should have knowledge to perform routine installations, disconnects, pre-wires, change of service, and multiple dwelling unit (MDU) wiring for cable television (video, voice, and data) for residential customers. The BPI certification is a foundation certification as well as one of three stand-alone Broadband Premises certifications. BPI candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Premises Technician (BPT) is an intermediate-level credential designed for experienced field technicians who can install and troubleshoot telecommunications services (video, voice, and data) at customers’ premises. BPT candidates should have knowledge to perform routine installations, disconnects, pre-wires, change of service, and multiple dwelling unit (MDU) wiring for cable television (video, voice, and data) residential customers. The BPT certification is a foundation certification as well as one of three stand-alone Broadband Premises certifications. BPT candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) certification is designed for experienced field technicians who can install and troubleshoot telecommunications services (video, voice, and data) at customers’ premises. Candidates should be able to install and troubleshoot a variety of triple-play installations, from easy to complex, as well as mentor and coach junior employees. The BPE certification is one of three stand-alone premises certifications. BPE candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Security COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP Security) is a professional-level certification for candidates in job roles in security technologies. To earn the CCNP security, candidates must pass two exams: a core exam and a concentration exam of the candidate's choice. The core exam focuses on knowledge of security infrastructure. The concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. There are no formal prerequisites to sit for the CCNP Security exams; however, it is recommended that candidates have a three to five years of experience implementing security solutions.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Broadband-Voice over Internet Protocol (B-VoIP) certification is an intermediate-level credential for B-VoIP technicians who install, maintain, repair and replace voice, data and video over Internet Protocol equipment. B-VoIP technicians connect B-VoIP equipment to local and wide area computer network systems, perform cable installation, replacement, modernization, and support interconnection between different cable types and wireless equipment; they also configure and provision B-VoIP equipment and transmission media. B-VoIP technicians have knowledge of protocols used for the telecommunications industry and are familiar with telecom industry acronyms and language. Though ETA-I does not require any specific training, education or experience for candidates of the B-VoIP certification, candidates are strongly encouraged to have the requisite knowledge and experience necessary to challenge the exam.
Click here to go to Fiber Optics Technician (Outside Plant) (FOT-OSP) COOL Snapshot page.

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (Outside Plant) (FOT-OSP) is an intermediate-level certification for professionals who terminate, test and troubleshoot single-mode fiber optic communication systems. FOT-OSPs understand optical loss budgets, not to exceed loss budgets and has the knowledge and skills required for troubleshooting single-mode OSP fiber optic communications systems addressing the roles of attenuation, dispersion and refection and how to identify and troubleshoot each. Though ETA-I does not require any specific education, training, or experience for the standalone FOT-OSP, candidates are strongly encouraged to have the requisite knowledge and experience necessary to challenge the exam.
Click here to go to Registered Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM) COOL Snapshot page.

The BICSI, Registered Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM) is for individuals who oversee and coordinate the interaction between designers, engineers, installers and technicians when new  information and communications technology (ICT) projects are being developed or are undergoing construction. RTPMs possess the ability to understand and apply a vast collection of telecommunications project management principles, concepts, tools and technology. Candidates must meet specific education and/or work experience criteria. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
Click here to go to CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) ce certification is targeted to individuals with advanced-level security skills and knowledge. The CASP ce exam is designed to verify an applicant’s knowledge and skill in the areas of enterprise security, risk management, research and analysis, and the integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines. Although there are no required pre-requisites, the CASP ce certification is intended to follow the CompTIA Security+ ce certification as the next step in security certifications. A minimum of 10 years of experience in IT administration with at least 5 years in hands-on technical security experience is recommended.
Click here to go to Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 is a foundation level certification that validates an individual's mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value. Earning an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification qualifies an individual for a position as a network of computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist. Candidates must pass three exams related to installing, configuring, and administering Windows Server 2012. There are no experience or educational requirements that must be met prior to taking the exams, however, it is recommended that candidates have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2012.
Click here to go to General Communications Technician - Level 1 (GCT1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), General Communications Technician Level 1 (GCT1) certification is an entry-level credential intended for radio communications technicians or engineers. The GCT1 certification is modeled after wide-ranging industry communication systems encompassing more specific detailed items along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines covering all disciplines in the COMT program. The purpose of the GCT1 is to provide basic certification testing that covers all areas a new radio communications technician or engineer will encounter in the public safety communications, business radio, or commercial radio field. ETA-I does not have minimum training, education, or experience requirements to take the certification exam.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Associate Collaboration (CCNA Collaboration) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Cisco Certified Network Association Collaboration (CCNA Collaboration) certification is for network video engineers, IP telephony and IP network engineers who want to develop and advance their collaboration and video skills in line with the convergence of voice, video, data and mobile applications. There are no prerequisites for this certification. Candidates must successfully pass two exams for certification.

Important note:  As of February 24, 2020, the CCNA Collaboration certification is no longer available.  It has been replaced by a new, consolidated CCNA exam and a restructured CCNA program. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.
Click here to go to Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 qualifies candidates for a position as a network or computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist, and it is the first step on the path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). Candidates must pass three exams: Installation, Storage, and Computer with Windows Server 2016 (740), Networking with Windows Server 2016 (741), and Identity with Windows Server 2016 (742). There are no prerequisites to sit for the exams.
Click here to go to CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification is an entry level certification for those beginning a career in the field of information technology (IT) or those in a field where a general knowledge of IT is necessary.  To earn the certification, candidates must pass one exam covering foundational IT concepts such as understanding the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. There are no experience requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.
Click here to go to Fiber Optics Technician (Inside Plant) (FOT-ISP) COOL Snapshot page.

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (Inside Plant) (FOT-ISP) credential is for technicians who install fiber optic cabling inside plants. FOT-ISPs service, terminate, troubleshoot, test, splice and fix optic transmission cable, connection devices, links and spans used in premises, LANs, enterprise and data center installations. Prior experience in optical fiber cabling and understanding of optical fiber transmissions basics is recommended. Candidates must understand the National Electrical Code (NEC) safety regulations. Candidates must pass both a written and practical exam.
Click here to go to GIAC Certified Detection Analyst (GCDA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Detection Analyst (GCDA) is an intermediate-level cyber security certification. Candidates for the GCDA collect, analyze, and tactically use network and endpoint data sources to detect malicious or unauthorized activity. Candidates for the GCDA use tools including Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and use tools to turn attacker strengths into attacker weaknesses. No specific training is required for any GIAC certification.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an entry-level certification for associate-level jobs in the IT industry.  Updated in 2020, the CCNA program covers a broad range of fundamental concepts including network fundamentals, security, and automation and programmability.  Although there are no formal experience or education prerequisites, a candidate is recommended to have one or more years experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions as well as an understanding of basic IP addressing and network fundamentals.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise is an intermediate-level certification for networking professionals.  The CCNP Enterprise certification program is designed to validate skills in core enterprise technologies and provide an opportunity to select a focus on emerging and industry specific topics.  To earn the CCNA Enterprise certification, candidates must pass a core exam and a concentration exam of their choosing.  The core exam focuses on knowledge of enterprise infrastructure including architecture, visualization, network assurance, security and automation.  While there are no prerequisites, candidates are recommended to have three to five years of experience implementing enterprise networking solutions.

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Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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Registered Apprenticeship

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