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So, six months after popping my JunOS cherry I decided to begin acquiring my Juniper certifications.  To start with, I acquired JNCIA-JunOS in a week, and I plan to acquire JNCIS-ENT and JNCIS-SP in the coming weeks (but not JNCIS-SEC, maybe later).  My opinions on the JNCIA will be shared in another post.  For now I’ll just say that I believe it compares with Cisco’s CCENT / ICND1 exam, however it’s worth noting that the biggest clue of all is in the title: ‘JunOS’.  If you read the PDFs they supply, you can’t go wrong.  In fact, at just 168 pages, I found myself finishing the last chapter (Class of Service) on the morning of the exam.  In some ways, managing all of the various Juniper and Pearson VUE logins was more difficult than the exam itself! ;)

Here’s what you can expect from Juniper’s excellent FastTrack programme.

1.  Sign up with Juniper’s Learning Portal is required so that you can access the study materials and earn a 50% discount voucher.  You’ll want to go here for authoritative information: http://www.juniper.net/fasttrack

2.  Starting with JNCIA-JunOS, watch the 5 hour web-based training video (interactive in parts) and read the two PDF study guides.

3.  Sit the online exam and pass with 70% or greater to earn a 50% discount voucher.  The voucher code is used on Pearson VUE when scheduling your exam.

4.  Sign up with Pearson VUE if you haven’t done so already and schedule your JNCIA-JunOS JN0-101 exam.  If you have a voucher, the cost is $50 + local taxes (as applicable).

5.  Nail it!

6.  Repeat for JNCIS-*…

The FastTrack programme gives you all the study materials and 50% discount vouchers you’ll need to acquire JNCIA-JunOS, JNCIS-ENT and JNCIS-SEC.  What are you waiting for?  Good luck!

Note:  JNCIS-ENT and JNCIS-SEC each cost $200 + local taxes (as applicable) before voucher.  Prices given are correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.  In fact, Juniper reserve the right to cease the FastTrack programme at any time and without prior notice.  Some further useful PDFs, etc. can be found at: http://ndonaghy.com/juniper