Network Engineer: Which is more important, certification or practical experience?

My previous article seems to have sparked a debate. The debate about certification is similar to the Hamlet classic, “To be or no to be”. As an expert in the Information Technology industry, I’m often asked how to match Norwell Servers and Exchange Servers within a network. I approach it differently to my certified colleagues. I have demonstrated that I have the skills to manage and control these servers by working on them for a long time. Why should I stop working and get certified? Sincerely, I don’t think I need to. It all comes back to the question above: What is more important: certification or experience?

This question was still being avoided by Cisco Certified Internet Experts (CCIE) in 2010. Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) was the first Cisco CCIE to be certified. Without experience, it is impossible for a CCIE to be certified. The time for the CCIE Lab Test was changed to one day from two days earlier. Then, a variety of materials were created to assist candidates in passing the written and laboratory tests. Over the past five years, I interviewed hundreds of Network Engineers and CCIEs. All CCIEs are not the same, I have to admit. Many of them have had real-world experience before they can pass the lab test. I support the idea that experience is important. You will see that I support recruiting CCIE through Cisco Channel partners. One reason I do so is that I am the only Cisco Authorized CCIE Recruiter within the global channel. As such, I have done specialized research on CCIE. It is possible that certifications don’t work. However, keep in mind that the Certification of Cisco Distributor is what determines the number of CCIE. This supports the idea that certifications are valuable.

Most network engineers are not certified and will not become certified. When I was responsible for managing Atlantic Bell Integrated Network Test Access Control System, there were many network engineers with excellent CCIE Certification skills. The multifaceted nature of the needs must be considered, which is not common in the industry. Also, the Gold Partner’s discount should be considered. This is my final answer to such claims, even though it seems a little long.

Experience is more important than certification if your workplace isn’t a Cisco Distributor. Many CCIEs fail to pass technical interviews due to not having enough real-world experience. This is not reflected in certifications. We should be able to see that skills are learned through real-world experience and not from books. Non-channel distributors should sign up for CCIE Certification Exam based on their actual skill level. Instead of creating job descriptions based on need, the selection criteria should be based upon the skills of certified network technicians. This is why I chose the effectiveness and promotion of the CCIE Voice as an example. I have seen this happen repeatedly in my experience with Cisco distributors. They don’t ask for skills but certification. According to the latest Cisoc figures, only 1201 people have received the CCIE Voice Certification.

If you are looking at personal value, it doesn’t matter what your career goals in life. The important thing is to keep going. Experience is more rewarding than certification because it can bring you unparalleled rewards. In the future, there will be a lot of unemployment in classrooms. Enterprises are built by people who use technology every day to live and work. It’s ultimately up to you to decide which is more important. That’s the whole point, right?