I always have students ask me about overlap in training courses, especially at the entry level. I appreciate this question, because I know that it seems pointless to spend time on something you’ve already learned about. Still, overlap isn’t a bad thing. Overlap can be used as an opportunity to review and stay sharp in certain areas.
So here’s an answer to an age old question about overlap between the ICND1 (CCENT) topics, the ICND2 (CCNA) as well as the Network+ course from Comptia:
Yes these courses and their material have some technology overlap.
Now, with that said, I also have to throw this statement out there.
Get over it.
For someone who’s just starting out in their networking career, overlap is a good thing as it reinforces the knowledge that you are transferring in. If you don’t have the experience to lean on you must review topics that you’ve already learned. Overlap between courses is a great way to do two things:
- Review the topics you’ve already learned
- Progress towards additional certifications at the same time.
If you can wrap your head around that you just might end up better off in the long run.