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    Default Is studying CCNA on your own doable compared to paying tuition for it?

    Is it doable?
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    I do it everyday
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    Any certification is doable via self-study. I have done several including Cisco exams.
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    You do not need to pay for any Cisco tuition. All the resources are online or in print.
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    Which CCNA?

    Doesn't matter, absolutely doable. Just realize that there's a level of marketing focus on the R/S CCNA (which Cisco solution is the best for ...) that largely isn't present on the next level exams.
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    Is it doable without any technical experience? Which online resource do you recommend?
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    That's how you learn the technical stuff to get the experience! Go to the Cisco website and look at the exam topics for the exam. Then study: books, Packet Tracer, videos, practice exams, real equipment if you wish. Lot's of good info on this forum regarding study sources, habits and experiences.
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    Can't speak for the senior exams but CCENT/CCNA is definitely doable via self study. You can even get away with no equipment for the first part of that exam
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    The first networking cert I actually purchased content to was the CCIE, but only limited to INE content, workbooks in general.

    Although it is completely possible not to step inside a classroom, and yet be able to prepare for a cert it does not mean it will work for everybody. Each one has it's own way of learning and assimilating things, but listening to a teacher is just not the way I prefer to study. In the opposite, i know some folks who find it difficult going through a book, and instead watch videos and trial&error labs.

    TL;DR: do whatever works for you.
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    I wouldn't start with the CCNA without any technical experience. I wouldn't pay someone to teach me CCNA in a classroom environment with or without technical experience.
    Start with something like CompTIA A+ or maybe that Google IT support training and make CCNA your self-study goal for next year if it still interests you.
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    Would you be able to get a NOC job if you do the Google IT support training?
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    IMO even paying for tuition/classes is not a guarantee someone will pass CCNA.

    But even i passed it on my own.
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    Would you be able to get a NOC job if you do the Google IT support training?
    Look up job ads in your area for positions you would like to do and see what they are asking for. Work on getting those things. Don't over think it
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    Is it doable?
    Yes. All my certs are self-study. Just got to find the time to study.
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    Which resource is best for self study?
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    I dont think there is such a thing as "what (single) resource is best for self study" because it depends a lot on how you (or anyone) learn(s).

    - A lot of online guides are either very dry and boring but have a ton of information, or are very chatty and interesting and have a lot of information too. Some people do better with the "dry and boring" and some people do better with chatty and interesting. For example: INE is good but the speaker tends to be dry and boring. CBT nuggets tends to be chatty and interesting but there are a lot of lame jokes in between the good information.

    - There is no such thing (as far as I know) as a good single source of information. It is always good to get a couple good books, read them. Watch a lot of YouTube videos. Pick a training site (ie. CBTN, INE, UDEMY, etc.) and do the lessons.

    - Get packet tracer and lab as much as you can.

    - If you have access to real equipment, that is bonus.
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