Changes to the CCNA Certification


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. 

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Related Courses
CCNAX v2.0 – CCNA Routing and Switching Boot Camp
ICND1 v2.0 – Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1
ICND2 v2.0 – Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, Part 2

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  1. John Allegretti Reply

    With respect to the last paragraph in this article, I’m just trying to determine if taking any of those classes still re-instates your CCNA certification like it did before. That is, if your CCNA was soon to expire, taking VOICE, SECURITY, WiFI, etc., would re-instate your CCNA certification for 3 more years rather than having to take the CCNA test all over again. Has this changed with CCNA Routing ans Switching or will it still be the same?

    1. Danielle Beavers Reply

      Hi John –
      According to Cisco, CCNA Routing and Switching certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

      •Pass the current ICND2 exam, or
      •Pass any current Associate-level exam except for ICND1 exam, or
      •Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level exam, or
      •Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), or
      •Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
      •Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
      •Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

  2. John Allegretti Reply

    Thanks you for that information, very much appreciated!

  3. Tim Vain Reply

    thank you for the information but I’m still confused here.. the thing is i have been preparing for the ICND1 640-822 exam for the past month and now I’m hearing it will be replaced by ICND1 100-101 in September. my question is, if i sit for the 640-822 certification now is my certificate going to expire soon after September? how long will it be valid?

    1. Danielle Beavers Reply

      Hi Tim –
      It will still be valid for the same amount of time, you just need to take the current ICND1 exam before the exam’s end-of-life on September 30, 2013. However, it is recommended that you begin with the newer curriculum and exam to help you better prepare for the CCNA Routing and Switching or the CCNA concentration of your choice.