Say goodbye to the OLD CCNA exams, and hello to the ICND series!December 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Cisco | Leave a comment
Tags: ccda, ccent, ccna, icnd1, icnd2, routing and swtiching
Say goodbye to the old CCNA exams and Version 1 of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).
It’s official; the deadline for achieving your CCNA by taking the exams 640-816 and 640-822 (or alternately the 640-802) has come and gone, and these exams are retired. The new path to achieving Cisco’s flagship certification is to take both exams 100-101 (ICND 1) and 200-101 (ICND 2), or to pass the composite exam 200-120 (CCNAX). Passing the 100-101 ICND1 earns you the next-generation CCENT certification; passing both ICND1 and ICND2 (or the single CCNAX) earns the CCNA: Routing and Switching certification.
A further change worth noting: as of October 2013, the CCENT is a prerequisite for the Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) certification.
How much change should I expect?
When Cisco changes the numbering on an exam (as from 640 to 100), it typically indicates a change in the exam’s topic coverage. In some cases the changes are significant, and in others they are minor. In the case of the CCNA exams, the changes are not major overall; this is largely the same set of exam topics. However, some topics have been dropped completely, while others have shifted from the 200-101 exam to the 100-101, and other topics have been shifted from the CCNP-level exams to the 200-101.
The end result is a small increase in the level of difficulty for all three new exams as compared to their older counterparts. People who had been studying with version 1 materials may want to review version 2 before committing to take the exam.
Changes to topic coverage in ICND1 v2
With respect to the 100-101 ICND1 (formerly 640-822), the following topics have been eliminated from the exam:
The following topics are new to this certification exam:
- Static routing
The following topics used to be covered in ICND2, but are now included in ICND1 (100-101), which changes these topics from the CCNA level to the CCENT level:
- VLSM and summarization
- Port security
Changes to topic coverage in ICND2 v2
The following topics used to be covered in ICND1 (640-822) but are now included in the new ICND2 exam, 200-101:
- Router hardware
- IOS loading
- WAN configuration
The following topics have been moved from the higher-level CCNP exams, and are new to ICND2:
- First Hop Redundancy protocols (VRRP, HSRP etc.)
Here is a complete list of the exam topics:
What if I passed some of the old exams, but need the new certification – or to recertify?
Cisco has developed a handy tool, called the Associate-Level Certifications Exam Logic Tool, that lets you plug in your exact combination of exams to predict which ones you’ll require:
CCNA Routing and Switching is a three-year certification. When three years have passed, you must recertify. This page has the information you need to help you plan your recertification path.
And, finally, here are the links to the CCENT and CCNA Transcender practice exams. Keep your eyes peeled for special holiday exam pricing, and be sure to sign up for our mailing list if you aren’t receiving deal notifications!