At the end of March, Cisco announced a redesign to their long-time CCNA certification program. The CCNA certification has become the CCNA Routing and Switching certification.
To align with changing job roles in the industry, this update will fill the skills gaps that emerge when technology outpaces skills development and training. CCNA Routing and Switching focuses on network infrastructure, mainly routing and switching, but it also includes wireless access, security, and connectivity to branch offices using WAN.
The content updates to the new CCNA Routing and Switching courses, ICND1 v2.0, ICND2 v2.0, and CCNAX v2.0, will better showcase your abilities to implement and troubleshoot, including:
- Managing the latest IOS software running on the newest Cisco routers and switches
- Configuring and managing IPv6 addressing
- Managing IOS Licensing
- Performing more comprehensive troubleshooting
If you currently hold a CCNA certification, you will automatically become a CCNA Routing and Switching in the Cisco database and will receive a new certificate when you recertify. All of the current exams (ICND1, ICND2, and CCNA) will be changing to include the new curriculum:
- Exam 640-822 ICND1 is being replaced by 100-101 ICND1
- Exam 640-816 ICND2 is being replaced by 200-101 ICND2
- Exam 640-802 CCNA is being replaced by 200-120 CCNA
The current CCNA exams will end September 30, 2013. If you are seeking to complete the ICND1, it is recommended that you start with the newer curriculum and exam to help you prepare for the CCNA Routing and Switching. If you have already completed the old ICND1 exam, you can complete the new ICND2 exam to become a CCNA.
The ICND2 will remain a prerequisite for the CCNA Routing and Switching certification, it is no long a prerequisite for the CCNA concentrations.
The CCNA concentration certifications for Security, Service Provider, Voice, Wireless, and others, were created as a means of validating the specialized skills necessary to address those technologies. Previously, these concentrations were treated as follow-ons to the traditional CCNA (Routing and Switching) track and required a longer training and examination path. With this update, CCNA Routing and Switching will follow a track parallel to the concentrations.
For more information, please visit http://www.globalknowledge.com/ccna.