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Roadmap to Success: JNCIA-Junos

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Roadmap to Success is a series of posts designed to help learners better understand certification pathways, career opportunities associated with those certifications, and next steps beyond certification.

Networking often serves as the starting point for many IT professionals. The Juniper JNCIA-Junos certification serves as the entry-level credential for Juniper certifications, requiring learners to demonstrate a working knowledge of the Juniper Networks Junos OS, networking fundamentals, as well as basic routing and switching. Roles typically affiliated with the JNCIA-Junos certification include network engineering, network administration, and more.

Juniper Networks Certified Associate – Junos (JNCIA-Junos)
The Juniper Networks Certified Associate – Junos (JNCIA-Junos) certification is an entry-level certification that is designed to affirm a learner’s knowledge, skills, and understanding of networking fundamentals, Junos OS fundamentals, user interfaces, Junos configuration basics, operational monitoring and maintenance, routing fundamentals, and routing policy and firewall filters.

The JNCIA-Junos certification is made up of one exam, which is covered by CBT Nuggets training:

There are no formal prerequisites for the JNCIA-Junos certification, but learners new to the industry may benefit from the CompTIA Network+ training and/or certification prior to pursuing the JNCIA-Junos. Learners should have six months of experience working in IT, ideally in networking, prior to attempting the JNCIA-Junos.

Exam Details
Exam code: JN0-102
Time allotted for exam: 90 minutes
Number of questions: 70
Question types: Multiple choice
Exam registration: Pearson Vue
Exam cost: $100 (USD)
Exam objectives: Juniper Networks provides the exam objectives (free resource)

The JNCIA-Junos certification is valid for three years. Learners can recertify their certifications by retaking the current version of the exam or by passing a higher-level Juniper Networks certification.

The Next Step
Since the JNCIA-Junos is the first certification for Juniper Networks, there are opportunities to continue learning Juniper technologies. Options for next steps within the Juniper universe include:

Some learners may choose to diversify their vitae/resumes by choosing to pursue networking certifications outside of Juniper products. Certifications often pursued by CBT Nuggets learners include:

Career Considerations provides a helpful salary guide to help learners determine appropriate pay scales for job opportunities associated with the JNCIA-Junos. Depending on professional experience, an employee who holds a JNCIA-Junos certification can earn on average $56,000. reports a range of salaries for employees holding a JNCIA-Junos certification between $58,394 and $133,086. Roles that are common for those holding a JNCIA-Junos certification include network engineer, senior network engineer, network administrator, senior network administrator, technical support engineer, and more.

Juniper Certifications
Juniper offers its certifications in 13 tracks:

The JNCIA-Junos certification serves as a prerequisite to most Juniper Networks certification tracks. Within most tracks, the certifications are structured as a hierarchy with the top level certification mandating the previous certification as a prerequisite. There are a few Juniper tracks that currently offer only one certification, such as the Firewall/VPN, Intrusion Detection & Prevention (IDP), Junos Security Support, QFabric, Service Provider Routing and Switching Support, Wireless, and WX tracks. The Enterprise Routing and Switching and Junos Security tracks are the most robust certification tracks offered by Juniper, boasting six and four certifications respectively.

Concluding Thoughts
Learners pursuing careers in networking can benefit from a deep understanding of Juniper Networks. That understanding crosses the boundaries of product lines, preparing you with skills and knowledge that can transfer easily to almost any network environment, regardless of the products used. The JNCIA-Junos certification is your first step in the Juniper Networks world, and possibly into the world of IT networking!

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