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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 Service Provider certification, keep going. If you earn CCNA Service Provider before February 24, then on February 24, you will keep your CCNA Service Provider and you will receive the new CCNA certification plus a training badge.

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CCNA Service Provider certification

The CCNA Service Provider certification is for service provider network engineers, technicians, and support personnel who want to configure and implement robust baseline Cisco Service Provider IP next-generation networks.

Overview

Why certify?

Cisco Certified Network Associate Service Provider (CCNA SP) certification is for service provider network engineers, technicians and designers who focus on the latest in Service Provider industry core networking technologies and trends. With the ability to configure, implement, and troubleshoot baseline Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation networks, CCNA SP certified individuals deploy, maintain and improve carrier-grade network infrastructures.

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

Take exam

To earn the Cisco CCNA Service Provider certification, you must pass the following exams:

640-875 SPNGN1

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

This exam tests the basic knowledge and skills that are necessary to support a service provider network.

640-875 SPNGN1 exam topics


640-878 SPNGN2

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

This exam tests the basic knowledge and skills that are necessary to support a service provider network.

640-878 SPNGN2 exam topics

Classroom training

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

Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 1 (SPNGN1)

This course introduces IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture that helps service providers to build modern, scalable, and reliable networks.

Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 2 (SPNGN2)

This course provides knowledge of the major components of a service provider network construction and the Cisco service provider IP NGN architecture.

Recertification

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

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams 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 or Implementing Cisco Telepresence Installations [ITI] 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 certification and you earn a CCIE certification (which has a two-year certification life) then both your CCIE certification and your CCNA certification will expire two years from the date you achieved the CCIE certification). For more information, access the How to recertify page.

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