Major Updates to Cisco CCNA Exams

Cisco is in the forefront in providing networking courses. With the growing networking infrastructure requirements, Cisco has also ensured to be updated with the growing pace. It keeps updating its course and examination structure with the technology updates. In the recent updated, Cisco has announced major changes in its associate-level certifications to align it with the evolving job market and the latest Cisco technology.

In the updates, the major changes include that the certification, which was formerly known as CCNA is now CCNA Routing & Switching, and the only prerequisite certification is CCENT. The CCENT certification will also be a prerequisite for CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Security, and CCDA certifications. The certification includes implementation of IOS v15, IPv6 Support, IOS licensing, and a simplified 802.1x security.

Other exam topics included in this examination are IPv6, router and switch navigation and administration, LAN switching, IP addressing, routing, WANs, subnetting, and troubleshooting. Majorly, for the CCENT and CCNA Routing and Switching certifications, Cisco has redesigned the training course for the ICND1, ICND2 and CCNAX exams and has also introduced new exams for ICND1, ICND2 and CCNA composite. The updates also include comprehensive troubleshooting, technologies such as IPv6, and updated software on Cisco routers and switches.

With the associate-level program redesign, candidates will need to pass only two exams to achieve advanced technology certifications in an accelerated manner with the right job skills. These certifications include:

  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Voice
  • CCNA Wireless
  • CCNA SP Operations

For CCDA certification, a valid CCENT certification will be a prerequisite now. Basic knowledge of routing and switching is becoming increasingly essential to meet the industry job role requirements of a CCDA.

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