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Available February 24, 2020: Updates to the CCNA certification and training program

On February 24, 2020, Cisco will release a new, consolidated CCNA exam. If you have started working toward CCNA Routing and Switching certification, keep going. If you earn CCNA Routing and Switching before February 24, then on February 24, you will keep your CCNA Routing and Switching and you will receive the new CCNA certification plus a training badge.

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Ten reasons to get CCNA Routing and Switching certified

A successful career in networking starts with CCNA Routing & Switching.

Overview

Why certify?

As Enterprises migrate toward controller based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and more vital than ever. To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification will not only prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensure you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next generation technologies.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Migration to the new program

The new CCNA certification replaces the current CCNA certifications for:

If you have started working toward any current CCNA or CCDA certification, keep going. 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.

Exams and recommended training

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

Exam information

To earn Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification, you must pass the following exam(s):

Option 1: CCNA composite

200-125 CCNA

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills related to network fundamentals, LAN switching technologies, IPv4 and IPv6 routing technologies, WAN technologies, infrastructure services, infrastructure security, and infrastructure management.

200-125 CCNA exam topics


Option 2: ICND1 and ICND2

100-105 ICND1

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills related to network fundamentals, LAN switching technologies, routing technologies, infrastructure services, and infrastructure maintenance.

100-105 ICND1 exam topics


200-105 ICND2

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills related to LAN switching technologies, IPv4 and IPv6 routing technologies, WAN technologies, infrastructure services, and infrastructure maintenance.

200-105 ICND2 exam topics

Classroom training

The best way to prepare for this certification is to take the Cisco-approved training:

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)

The course provides the foundational knowledge of network layers 1-3 that are applicable to core routing and switching and introduces advanced technologies.

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)

The course provides the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise network.

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX)

This is a composite course derived from ICND1 and ICND2 content merged into a single five day training course.

Recertification

On February 24, 2020, the recertification policy for this exam will be changing.

 

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

  • Pass any current Associate-level exam except for ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX 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

When using a higher level of certification to extend other certifications, the expiration date of other certifications will extend to the expiration date of the higher certification (i.e.: If you have one year left on your CCNA Routing and Switching certification and you earn a CCIE certification (which has a two-year certification life) then both your CCIE certification and your CCNA Routing and Switching certification will expire two years from the date you achieved the CCIE certification).

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