Cisco Associate Level Certification Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Following Cisco's announcement of a redesign of the Cisco Associate Level Certification program you may have questions....

Why has CCNA changed to CCNA Routing and Switching?

The CCNA job role has changed in the Routing and Switching area as network engineers are expected to perform more implementation and troubleshooting duties. The redesign of the curriculum and exams reflect these job role changes.

What is CCNA Routing and Switching and how is it different to CCNA?

CCNA Routing and Switching is the same certification as the old CCNA, however the curriculum and exams have been redesigned to align with changing job roles and technology advancements in routing and switching.

CCNA Routing and Switching supports your ability to perform critical new job tasks including how to:

I currently hold a valid CCNA. How can I achieve CCNA Routing and Switching?

If you are currently a CCNA, you will automatically become a CCNA Routing and Switching in the Cisco database. You will receive your new CCNA Routing and Switching certificate upon recertification.

If your CCNA certification is due for renewal within the next 6 months, we would recommend taking the old ICND2 (640-816) or CCNA (640-802) exam before the 30th September 2013.

Alternatively you could:

A significant amount of additional study would be needed if you elected to do the new ICND2 or CCNA Exams.

Are the CCNA Routing and Switching exams changing?

Yes. The exams are changing to reflect the revised CCNA curriculum. The current exams apply towards the CCNA Routing and Switching until September 30, 2013. The exams will go end-of-life as below:-

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Can I mix and match the current exams with newer exams to achieve CCNA Routing and Switching?

Yes you can, however, due to the amount of content that has changed if you have already started working towards certification we recommend you complete the old curriculum before the 30th September 2013.

Students wishing to take the new exams after following the Version 1.0 courses would need to do a considerable amount of additional study to close the shortfall in knowledge.

Should I take the new exam 100-101 ICND1 to achieve CCNA Routing and Switching?

If you have not started your study for ICND1, we recommend that you begin with the ICND1 version 2.0 course, as it is more relevant for Routing and Switching engineers, followed by the new exam.

If you have attended the ICND1 v1.0 course but not yet taken the exam, then you should sit the old exam before the 30th September 2013.

Should I take the newer exam 200-101 ICND2?

There are significant differences between the version 1.0 and version 2.0 ICND2 courses. If you have attended the ICND2 version 1.0 course, you should sit the version 1.0 (640-816) ICND2 exam. Please note, this will go end-of-life on 30th September 2013.

The new exam should only be taken if you have attended the new ICND2 version 2.0 course or if you have undertaken additional studying to cover the new content.

How can I achieve the CCENT certification?

If have already attended ICND1 version 1.0 course but not taken the exam, you should take the old 640-822 exam.

If you have not yet started your study, you should take the new ICND1 version 2.0 course and take the relevant 100-101 ICND1 certification exam.

Which exams should I take to gain CCNA Routing and Switching, version 1.0 or version 2.0?

If you are just commencing with CCNA Routing and Switching, then you should take the new version 2 courses and corresponding exams.

I have passed the 640-822 ICND1 exam and have a valid CCENT. What are my options to achieve an Associate Level certification?

If you are a valid CCENT, you need to pass a further exam to achieve one of the following certifications:

How do I obtain the CCDA qualification?

To achieve your CCDA, you must pass the DESGN exam before 30th September 2013. Effective 1st October 2013, Cisco is adding the CCENT as a pre-requisite for the CCDA. On or after the 1st October 2013, you will need to pass both the ICND1 exam and the DESGN exam.

What are the recertification requirements for CCNA Routing and Switching?

The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is valid for three years, at such time you will need to recertify.

Are there differences between the current exam 640-822 ICND1 and the new 100-101 ICND1 exam?

Yes, some older material has been removed and selected topics from ICND2 have been moved to ICND1.

Are there differences between the current exam 640-816 ICND2 and the new 200-101 ICND2 exam?

Yes, there are significant differences (approx. 40%) between the material covered in the old and new exams. If you have already attended the ICND2 version 1.0 course, but not yet taken the exam, then you should take the old exam before the 30th September 2013.

What are the differences between the current 640-802 CCNA (ICND1 version 1.0 and ICND2 version 1.0 combined) exam and the new 200-120 CCNA (ICND1 version 2.0 and ICND2 version 2.0 combined) exam?

Older topics have been removed and several new topics have been added to the combined CCNA exam (covering ICND 1 version 2.0 and ICND2 version 2.0).