In my workplace (I work in an ISP provider in Europe) we always encourage junior network engineers to follow a Cisco certification path, either through the Routing and Switching path or other important technology paths such as network security and VoIP.
I have been in this industry for more than a decade and I firmly believe that in order to succeed in the networking professional career one must earn relevant professional certifications.
Cisco is one of the leader companies offering professional certifications, which are highly recognized in the industry as excellent qualifications for an employee.
Earning a Cisco certification means that you have a good grasp of the technology and most importantly you are competent to design and implement Cisco solutions and products.
The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNA) certification is the entry level qualification and is very popular among junior engineers. To pass CCNA you need a high quality training and dedication towards your goal.
There are several training options available for CCNA preparation, such as self-study via books, instructor based training (boot camp style), video training, simulation exams etc.
From my own experience when studying for my Cisco exams, and also from discussions with other certified colleagues, one of the best ways to study for CCNA is using a CCNA Video Training package.
Especially when you combine a video training package with exam practice questions, you will have a complete preparation method for passing your exam. A video training package includes DVD quality videos with a real instructor teaching the course and guiding you through the exam objectives to help you pass.
The two best companies offering CCNA Video Training packages are Trainsignal and CBT Nuggets. Both training companies offer top-quality material and are very popular among technology professionals since they offer a wide range of vendor trainings (Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, VMWare etc).
Especially for CCNA certification, the video training product from these two companies is an excellent choice.
The two instructors (Chris Bryant for Trainsignal training and Jeremy Cioara for CBT Nuggets training) are highly experienced teachers who will help you tremendously to learn the CCNA material.
Go ahead and check out those two training options and I’m sure you will not get disappointed. I have prepared also a comparison table between Trainsignal Vs CBT Nuggets for getting a better idea of the two training packages for CCNA.