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2015 in Review: Top-watched Courses


Yes, 2016 is underway. But we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the 10 most watched CBT Nuggets courses in 2015. More specifically, we wanted explore why they were so popular. If you are just getting started out in IT, you might find this list especially helpful as many of the courses are entry level.  

Not surprisingly, Cisco and CompTIA courses accounted for seven of the top 10 courses. Both vendors are industry leaders regarding networking and vendor-neutral training, respectively.

Four Cisco courses cracked our top 10 in 2015: Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 (1), Cisco CCNA ICND2 200-10 (3), Cisco CCNP ROUTE 642-902 (6), and Cisco CCNA Security 640-554 (9).

Networking is the foundation of every IT pro’s skillset, and Cisco has long set the standard with its networking technologies and equipment, as well as its methodologies and practices. Our ICND1 and ICND2 courses provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to earn certification, and launch their IT careers. Having a firm knowledge of networking enables you to branch out to other areas of IT such as administration or security.

Speaking of security, every organization needs to protect its networks and data from threats such as malware and even their own end users, right? So there’s always a demand for IT pros who can set up firewalls, etc. That’s probably a big reason the CCNA Security course made the cut.

The other Cisco course to crack the our top-10 most watched courses list (CCNP ROUTE) plays well with ICND1 & 2 courses, as it focuses on a big-picture look at network design and covers various routing protocols. After all, what’s a network without routing protocols?

Because CompTIA provides vendor-neutral training in many key areas (networking, security, storage, etc.), they are a great starting point for those who are brand spankin’ new to IT. For example, earning CompTIA Network+ certification would set you up nicely for the aforementioned ICND1 course.

Speaking of Network+, CompTIA Network+ N10-005 was our fifth most-watched course last year. But, guess what? It wasn’t our top viewed CompTIA course. That honor goes to CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 — another entry-level course that focuses on everything from PC hardware to networking basics. It’s ideal for helpdesk positions, but also can provide a basic foundation for networking.

We’ll be discussing A+ certification all next week on the blog. Register for CBT Nuggets trainer Anthony Sequeira’s “What’s New With A+” webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, January 26. It’s free, and will cover recent changes to the A+ certification, and why the cert holds value for IT pros!

And finally, coming in at No. 9 on the list was our CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 course, which provides a Cisco-based foundation for those wanting to pursue careers in IT security

The Rest…
Rounding out the rest of our top 10 were two courses that dive into Windows Server technology: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-410 with R2 Updates (2) and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-411 with R2 Updates (7). These two courses can provide the foundation for a variety of other popular certifications from Microsoft that center around desktop infrastructure, cloud, communication, and more.

And last, but not least, coming in at No. 10 was our VMware vSphere 5.5. VCP5-DCV course. Virtualization is the backbone of a lot of the hottest technologies in IT, including the cloud! As more companies rely on virtualization to streamline and automate processes, the demand for IT pros who understand it will grow. To learn more about why we think virtualization is such a big deal, read this blog post.

Here’s the complete list one more time:

  1. Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101
  2. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-410 with R2 Updates
  3. Cisco CCNA ICND2 200-101
  4. CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802
  5. CompTIA Network+ N10-005
  6. Cisco CCNP ROUTE 642-902
  7. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-411 with R2 Updates
  8. Cisco CCNA Security 640-554
  9. CompTIA Security+ SY0-401
  10. VMware vSphere 5.5. VCP5-DCV

Are any of these courses on your to-do list for 2016?


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