Cisco first introduced the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification in 1998. Since that time thousands of IT Networking professionals have reaped the benefits that Cisco certification can offer. The CCNA continues to serve as a differentiator for individuals beginning their careers as networking professionals. To maintain relevance in the marketplace, and to adjust to the ever-changing IT landscape, Cisco has dramatically changed the scope of the CCNA for 2020.
What has Changed?
Cisco designed the new CCNA program to prepare IT Professionals for today’s associate-level job roles. The new CCNA now includes security, automation, and programmability. The CCNA will be made up of one exam and one training course that covers a broad range of fundamentals for IT careers. The new CCNA will allow those certified to take their IT careers in many different directions.
Topics covered in the CCNA include:
- Network fundamentals
- Network access
- IP connectivity
- IP services
- Security fundamentals
- Automation and programmability
What Are the Prerequisites?
There are no formal prerequisites for CCNA certification, but you should have a basic understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.
CCNA candidates often also have:
- One or more years of experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions
- Knowledge of basic IP addressing
- A good understanding of network fundamentals
When Can I Take the New CCNA Exam?
The new CCNA exam goes live on February 24th, 2020.
What is the Number of the New Exam and What is the Course Title?
The new exam number is 200-301 and the course title is Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA). Click here to view the course outline and available training dates.
What Does the New CCNA Replace?
The new CCNA replaces the following certifications:
- CCNA Cloud
- CCNA Collaboration
- CCNA Data Center
- CCNA Industrial
- CCNA Routing and Switching
- CCNA Security
- CCNA Service Provider
- CCNA Wireless
What if I'm Already in the Process of Earning my CCNA?
If you have started working toward any current CCNA or CCDA certification you should continue to pursue it. You have until February 23, 2020 to complete your current CCNA/CCDA.
If you complete any current CCNA/CCDA certification before February 24, you’ll receive the new CCNA certification and a training badge in the corresponding technology area.
If you already have Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification and would like to earn CCNA, you have until February 23 to complete your CCNA certification in the current program. As of February 24, you will need to take the new exam to complete CCNA certification.
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Some Closing Thoughts
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