<p>The CCNA is the first of three levels of certification offered by Cisco. The next two are the CCNP and CCIE. I would put all three on this list, but that would be redundant. The CCIE is one of the most respected certifications out there. Getting a CCNA is just one step to that goal. There are six different tracks to choose from for the CCNA and you have the ability to focus on a specific area by getting a specialist certification. For details on all of these options, go to <a href="http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/learning_career_certifications_and_learning_paths_home.html" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Cisco.com</a></p><p>To get this certification, you must already hold the CCNA. Then you will take five additional exams. When you are done you will be able to implement, operate, configure and support a converged IP network. The exams focus on VoIP (Voice Over IP), Cisco Unified Communications Manager, and Quality of Service (QOS). Your certification will be valid for three years. Check with <a href="http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le37/le65/learning_certification_type_home.html" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Cisco</a> for detailed requirements.</p><p>EMC certifications deal in information storage and management. The Architect level is the highest of the certifications offered. As you work towards this you will focus on five areas: foudations, consolidation, backup, archiving, and protection of information. There are multiple learning paths and specialties offered, including Symmetrix Business Continuity, CLARiiON Solutions, Networked Storage -NS Solution, and Networked Storage - CAS. Visit <a href="http://mylearn.emc.com/portals/home/mL.cfm?actionID&#61;34" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">EMC&#39;s site</a> for full requirements and exam information.</p>The CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator) is a wireless LAN certification. It serves as the foundation to the CWNP. It requires only a single exam and is an excellent certification for entry-level professionals.<p>The CNE for Netware6 requires a CNA and 5 exams. It is considered an intermediate certification and does a good job of rounding out a certification profile by adding it to your CCIE or MCSE. Check <a href="http://www.novell.com/training/certinfo/cne/nw6.html" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Novell&#39;s site for details.</a></p>The Network&#43; certification is excellent for those who need general networking knowledge that is not vendor-based. It covers the basics of installing, troubleshooting, and configuring networking protocols and services. Most people need some experience before taking the $150 exam and an A&#43; certification is recommended. The Network&#43; combined with an A&#43; certification can be used as an elective towards a Microsoft MCSA.