A goal I set for myself in 2021 was to take the JNCIA-MistAI certification. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any time so I set it aside for January 2022.
I’m familiar with Mist as an administrator and as a reseller/partner. I have clients who use Mist and I have a few Mist access points and a Juniper switch in my lab.
The JNCIA-MistAI certification is for network administrators managing a Wired or Wi-Fi network with Mist infrastructure. Or it could be aimed towards IT professionals who want to get more familiar with Mist.
For my studies, I leveraged the training videos available in Juniper Open Learning with Peter Mackenzie. I did not watch every single video but I had to brush up on MistAI specific topics and licensing.
What is on the JNCIA-MistAI exam?
You can see the exam objectives from Juniper’s website. The main topics include:
- General WLAN Concepts
- Wi-Fi Standards
- WLAN Lifecycle
- Mist AI Components
- Mist AI Configuration
- WLAN Monitoring
If you have a background with Wi-Fi and have taken the CWNA exam then you’ll have the General WLAN Concepts, Wi-Fi Standards and WLAN Lifecycle covered.
Utilize the available training from Mist to get up to speed with the last three bullets. If you have a Mist AP to lab with then you’ll be better off.
It’s important to understand how Mist does things because licensing will be covered.
Be sure to be very familiar with the dashboard to identify different components of Service Level Expectations.
Run through setting up Wi-Fi within the dashboard to easily identify Wi-Fi policies and how they work.
What type of questions are on the exam
Expect to see three types of questions:
- Multiple choice
- Single choice
Where can I take the exam
Testing formats can be at a testing center or at home. I did the exam at home while wearing my pajamas. It was comfortable and I used a reliable computer.
You’ll want to test the OnVue application prior to taking your exam. Be sure the application can use your microphone and camera.
If taking the exam at home, you’ll want to clear your desk. You’ll be asked to show your desk with your camera. Additionally, you’ll use your phone to take a photo of your ID, your face, and your desk area.
Make sure no one can interrupt you.
The number of questions on the exam could change and I do not know what the passing score is.
At the end of the exam you’ll be notified if you’ve pass or failed.