• Gilde Opleidingen: Medewerker Beheer-ICT (MBO: Niveau 3) / ICT Employee (MBO: Level 3)
  • Gilde Opleidingen: ICT-Beheerder (MBO: Niveau 4) / ICT-Manager (MBO: Level 4)

School Certificates:

  • Cisco CCNA: Introduction to networking
  • Cisco CCNA: Routing
  • Cisco CCNA: Switching
  • Cisco CCNA: Converged WAN’s
  • Cisco CCNP: Routing
  • Cisco CCNP: Switching
  • Cisco CCNP: Troubleshooting
  • Cisco CCDA
  • Cisco CCDP
  • Cisco Advanced Designing
  • Microsoft 70-640
  • Microsoft 70-642
  • Microsoft 70-643
  • Microsoft 70-647
  • Microsoft 70-652
  • Linux LPIC 101
  • Linux LPIC 102
  • Linux LPIC 201
  • Linux LPIC 202

Gilde Opleidingen
The first school I went to was called Gilde Opleidingen. I started as ICT Employee at MBO Level 3. MBO means the school has an average difficulty level. MBO is split up into 4 different grades (MBO Level 1 being the easiest, MBO Level 4 being the hardest).

The first year we learned about computer hardware, but I was already familiar with most of it. Second year we started to learn about Windows Server 2000 and I did my first internship.This is when it started to get really interesting, I installed my own server at home and started to play around with it. I got familiar with the different roles of Windows Server and gained knowledge about Exchange and SQL. The third and last year, I learned something about databases and PHP scripting. We went from Windows Server 2000 to Windows Server 2003 and I did my second internship. This is where I met Arte Espina, the company I’m currently employed by. After that year I received my first diploma. I wanted to go to another school, but they advised me to do MBO Level 4 first. It’s only an extra year on top of Level 3, so I decided to follow their advice. We didn’t learn a lot of technical things, but more about implementing different pieces of software and the impact it can have on users. Everything was more from the managements point of view. When I successfully completed the fourth year I received my second diploma, ICT Manager. This is when I had the option to stop with school and to start my career, or continue with HBO for another 4 years. I’ve chosen the latter.


Hogeschool Zuyd
Hogeschool ZuydI figured out that I wanted to continue to specialize in networking. This was the part I was enjoying the most at Gilde Opleidingen. I found a school in Heerlen, called Hogeschool Zuyd. They offered a study based primary on networking, called Network Infrastructure Design. Network Infrastructure Design is a 4 year study on HBO level, which means the difficulty rate is above average. I had to choose between NID: Network Design and Security, and NID: Network Forensic Research. The first one focusses at designing large corporate networks and keeping them secure, the second one at solving internet crime. I decided to follow NID: Network Design and Security.

I noticed that we got the learning material and exams of the official courses like Cisco’s CCNA and Microsoft’s MCITP at Hogeschool Zuyd. The only downside is that we didn’t receive the original certificates, instead we got school certificates. When I’m done at Hogeschool Zuyd, I’m planning to do these official courses myself in order to get the real certificates.

CISCO: I started with Cisco’s CCNA course, CCNA1. CCNA1 was basically an introduction to networking. I learned about different types of network protocols, their PDU’s, about subnetting and about the 7 OSI layers. 7 weeks later, I started with CCNA2. This is where it grew into enterprise networking. We learned about routing between different subnets and sharing routing information between routers using routing protocols. After CCNA2 it was time for CCNA3, where I learned all about switching, VLAN’s, VTP, trunking and much more. I was a bit disappointed about the fact that CCNA3 almost didn’t cover layer 3 switching, a part I think is really important nowadays. I did learn about layer 3 switching by myself and implemented two layer 3 switches at Arte Espina. In the last 7 weeks I followed CCNA4, where we learned about WAN technologies. Frame relay, ATM, BRI, PSTN and such.

MICROSOFT: I started with the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) courses, the first one was 70-640, which is about designing the Active Directory in Windows Server 2008. We learned about managing the Active Directory and about advanced services like AD-LDS and AD-RMS. In 70-642 we learned about the Microsoft infrastructure, topics as DNS, DHCP, NAP and VPN were covered. The last semester I took Microsofts 70-652 course, where I learned about Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and the use of SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager). We covered subject like cloning virtual machines, converting physical into virtual machines and managing the SCVMM library. Several weeks later I virtualized the complete infrastructure of Arte Espina.

LINUX: Because Microsoft isn’t the only server platform out there, I also took two Linux courses. The first year I took Linux LPIC 101 and 102, which is actually an introduction into the Linux command line. It covers basic tasks about managing a Linux server and troubleshooting hardware and software issues. The second year I took Linux LPIC 201 and 202, which was a more advanced course. I customized and compiled the Linux kernel and hosted our own BIND server.


I still got a year to go at Hogeschool Zuyd, we will cover courses like Exchange, SCOM and more. When I finish new courses this page will get updated!

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