I’ve finally reached both the confidence and funding to schedule the second attempt at the Cisco Certified Design Associate certification exam. My first attempt was just over one year ago, on Oct. 14, 2011. The knowledge and confidence I have gained in the last year has been quite life-changing, as mentioned in my previous post, and I am going to be walking into this exam not just believing I can pass, but knowing that I will. It’s quite a different mindset, and it feels great. We’ll find out for sure on Oct. 29.
If for some reason I don’t pass, I will still be a little sore over losing the $200, because that is still quite a lot of money for me, but I don’t believe I will feel as let down as I did one year ago. I’ve read that this is one of the more difficult exams, even though it is at the “associate” level, simply due to the fact that this particular exam is not all about memorizing different commands and technical specifications. It is much more about understanding the concepts of how network are supposed to be designed, according to the “Cisco way” of doing things.
In the mean time, I’ve been posting and reviewing my notes for the CCDA. Just in case anyone reading this is curious as to why the notes aren’t more complete, I wanted to take a more personal approach to building this site. This site is for me and my studies, and so my notes will generally reflect information that I feel I need to know. For example, since I have been studying for the CCDA for so long, my notes don’t reflect the “complete” contents of the chapters, but only that information that I feel I should brush up on. Future notes, such as those for the CCNP, would be considered more complete as I’ll be going through the material for the first time.