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Hi All,
I want to apply for a skills assessment as a Computer Network and Systems Engineer but I'm not sure if my current qualifications and skills meet the requirements for this occupation!!
I had a free assessment from a MARA agent and he assessed my skills as a Network Administrator (which I believe that I do have its required skills) however I prefer to apply for a skills assessment as a Computer Network and Systems Engineer to get more visa and state nomination options (189,190, different state nomination).

Honestly I would say that I don't currently have the requirements for the occupation Computer Network and Systems Engineer and therefore I would like to know the minimum technical/practical skills & experiences that I would need to add to my current skills to be qualified for this occupation.

My current qualifications/skills/experiences:

Education / Certifications:

MCSE/MCSA MS server 2003+MCTS Exchange 2007+MCP XP
BSc in Information Systems - Nov 2006.
A 3 months Diploma in Maintenance & Networking - 2003
Curently preparing for CCNA, and later CCNP

Professional Experience:

Total of +7 yrs in IT roles

Technical Support Engineer (almost 3 yrs so far) my current job
 Managing of Active Directory including OUs, Groups, Users, Computers and Group Policies.
 Managing the print server, Installing, configuring and troubleshooting network/local printers.
 Managing Cisco Call manager CUCM, configuring & troubleshooting Cisco IP Phones.
 Managing Email system (Google Apps), creating & modifying email accounts for users.
 Managing the security camera system.
 Installing new desktops, peripheral equipment & network devices.
 Troubleshooting, installing and replacing desktops' defective parts.
 Installing OSs, applications, drivers & updates on PCs/Laptops.
 Providing Technical Support, Guides, Advices and Training to users.
 Writing IT documentations and technical user guides.

Desktop Engineer (1 yr 7 months)
 Installations and relocation of PCs, Laptops, Monitors, Printers & Scanners.
 Installing & deploying OSs, Applications, Drivers & Security patches on PCs/Laptops.
 Installing, Configuring, Troubleshooting & fixing network/local printers (HP LaserJet 1312, 2015, 2050 series, HP MFP M3035/M4345).
 Troubleshooting and fixing network connectivity problems on PCs/Laptops.
 Perfuming preventive maintenance, diagnosing performance issues, troubleshooting & fixing software/hardware problems on desktop systems.
 Creating and deploying of systems images.
 Recording, updating of incidents details & resolutions using BMC Remedy system.
 Providing technical guides for users.
 Submitting of weekly & monthly reports to the upper management.

System/IT Administrator (2 yrs)
 Administration of company LAN/WLAN including Servers, Clients, Domain Users and Shared resources.
 Implementation of LANs & WLANs projects for company clients.
 Installing, configuring & running the Local IP-PBX & IVR system.
 Implementing VoIP projects for clients & providing support.
 Searching & testing new VoIP & Voice technologies (IVR systems, IP phones, Soft Phones, IP PBX, FXO, FXS, and SIP Gateways).
 Maintenance of Desktops, Laptops, Printers, Scanners, etc.
 Administration of company Email, performing backups & imaging systems, fixing DSL issues, documentation of IT equipment.
 Searching, recommending & buying IT supplies.

IT Technician (1 yr)
 Providing computer helpdesk support and technical training on hardware/software to end users.
 Assisting in LAN/WLAN implementation projects.
 Performing some supporting services such as (writing technical guides & bids, designing brochures, translating, etc).

Technical skills:
MS Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, NT, Server 2000/2003/2008/2012
MS Office 2003/2007/2010/2012
Acronis Snap Deploy 2010, Norton Ghost v12, Image for Windows v2
LAN/WLAN, UTP Cabling, TCP/IP, WINS, DNS, DHCP, IIS, Firewall, Ethernet
CUCM v8, Cisco IPPhones, Soft Phones, SIP Gateway/FXO, FXS, IP-BPX.
Win Server 2003/2008 Active Directory

So what are the (minimum) skills do I need to add to my current skills to be able to get a positive skills assessment by the ACS for the occupation as Computer Network and Systems Engineer??

If I get a vendor certification CCNA/CCNP/VMware..etc, do I have to have a working experience on its topics to be recognized?

for example: I'm a CCNP and I know all the networking skills related to this certificate but I don't use these skills at work - if I'm a desktop engineer for instance - is my CCNP going to be recognized?
I should be CCNP and practicing CCNP topics at work?

Your advice and feedback is greatly appreciated..

Thanks in advance..

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Hi Niggy,

Assessing migration eligibility accurately, particularly for ACS Candidates, requires a number of skills and experience. An assessment has to take into account your academic qualifications, certifications, length of your total work experience, relevance of your work experience to your nominated occupation and your current situation regarding work experience letters. I suggest you approach a MARA registered agent who is skilled and experienced in this area to get some reliable advice and assistance.

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