The new Cisco CCNA® Routing and Switching curriculum is currently in development. The CCNA Routing and Switching courses are designed to take advantage of the improved flexibility and course management capabilities in the Cisco NetSpace™ learning environment.
What changes has Cisco made to the associate-level certification programs?
A. In March 2013, Cisco announced the redesign of the Cisco associate-level certification programs, including the Cisco CCENT® and CCNA certifications. Cisco has evolved its associate-level certifications to align with changing industry job roles in routing and switching, and advanced technologies such as security, wireless, and voice. The certification formerly known as CCNA has evolved into a new CCNA Routing and Switching certification.
In addition, CCENT is now a foundational certification that replaces CCNA as the prerequisite for associate-level advanced technology certifications, including CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, and CCNA SP Operations. To learn more about the redesign of the associate-level certifications, and changes to the CCENT and CCNA Routing and Switching certification exams, please visit the Cisco Learning Network at https://learningnetwork.cisco.com.
SMPTE now offers Cisco’s new CCNA Routing and Switching Curricula to support the new certification(s).
Are the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification exams changing?
A. Yes. Cisco has introduced new exams for ICND1, ICND2, and CCNA Composite programs. The updates include comprehensive troubleshooting, IPv6, and the latest Cisco routing and switching technology and software. The exams are changing to reflect the evolution of industry job roles. Exam 640-822 ICND1 is being replaced by 100-101 ICND1, exam 640-816 ICND2 is being replaced by 200-101 ICND2, and exam 640-802 CCNA is being replaced by 200-120 CCNA.
CCNA courses offered through the SMPTE Virtual Classroom as of October 2013 reflect these changes. Only the new CCNA curricula will be offered by SMPTE going forward.
Why did Cisco add so many new technical topics to the CCENT and CCNA Routing and Switching exams?
A. Many of Cisco’s global customers have reported that they expect their CCNA-certified employees to have a higher level of knowledge and skills when hired. To address this requirement, Cisco has shifted some topics previously featured in the ICND2 certification exam to the ICND1 certification exam. Students passing the ICND1 exam leading to the CCENT certification will now have more knowledge and skills than what was required for the previous exam.
This means that some content previously found in CCNA 3 and CCNA4 is now included in CCNA1 and CCNA2 along with the new content noted in the previous question.
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