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Beyond the Top Five: More Networking Certs

Best Computer Networking Certifications For 2017

Outside of the top five networking certifications, there are lots of other choices for networking professionals to investigate and pursue.

Networkers who are interested in a mostly vendor-neutral certification that includes a vendor-specific component for network management should look at the SolarWinds Certified Professional certification. The certification recognizes general network fundamentals, planning, management and troubleshooting skills, as well as proficiency in using the SolarWinds Orion network performance monitor.

Many major networking vendors, including Brocade, Nokia (formerly Alcatel-Lucent), F5 and HPE, offer networking-focused credentials that ascend all the way to advanced or expert-level credentials. Serious network professionals will also want to check out the certifications offered by Avaya, Citrix and Extreme Networks.

If you don't see something you like in our short list of the leading networking certifications, that doesn't mean there's nothing else to choose from, by any means. As you explore your options, take a look at some of our networking-related certification and career options:

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