We offer three levels of network certification: Entry, Associate, and Professional.
The CCENT certification serves as a starting point for individuals interested in starting a career as a networking professional.
The Associate level of Cisco Certifications can begin directly with CCNA for network installation, operations and troubleshooting or CCDA for network design. Think of the Associate Level as the foundation level of networking certification.
The Professional level is an advanced level of certification that shows more expertise with networking skills. Each certification covers a different technology to meet the needs of varying job roles.
Not sure which certification to pursue? Explore the Cisco Career Guide: http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/students/tools/job_matrix/index.html