Cisco Associate Level Certification Program
Cisco have announced a redesign of the Cisco Associate Level Certification program.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification program has always been the accreditation of choice for engineers beginning their networking career. Networks are continuing to grow in complexity, driving a need for engineers skilled in specific job-role focused technology areas.
The CCNA Certification has been updated and renamed CCNA Routing and Switching Certification.
The redesign also enables the associate level concentration certifications (CCNA Design, CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, CCNA Service Provider Operations, CCNA Voice, and CCNA Wireless) to better align with industry job roles.
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND) 2 will no longer be a requirement for CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless and CCNA Security. This change will take effect immediately.
From the 1st October 2013 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND) 1 will also become a requirement for CCDA certification.
Whilst the courses required to meet the new CCNA Routing and Switching Certification remain the same (Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices - Part 1 (ICND1), Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices - Part 2 (ICND2) or the CCNA Fast Track course) the contents and exams have changed significantly.
What can delegates expect from the new courses?
A greater focus on higher level subjects such as IPV6 routing and on lab work with exercises designed to facilitate maintenance of current network implementations.
There will be less time devoted the basic principles of networking such as the history and development. Delegates should find the course much more applicable to their everyday networking challenges.
The new Version 2 courses allow for more labs and troubleshooting, giving a better understanding of configuring and optimizing routers and switches.
What has improved in the Version 2 releases?
The course makes better use of lab exercises by explaining the objectives and conclusions in greater detail. The course reflects the common challenges faced by most technicians working in today's environment. The course has better structure and flow making the learning process easier.
New features within the Version 2 releases
The new courses have more relevant lab exercises, removing out of date subjects and focussing on newer more applicable subjects such as, IPv6, relevant WAN technologies, advanced switching features, more in depth routing. There is much less focus on sub-netting, reflecting the fact most technicians use sub-netting calculators, for example.
New features include:
- InterVlan Routing
- DCHP (commands)
- NAT (commands)
- WAN Point to Point
- Dynamic Routing Protocol
- Single Area OSPF
- Understanding and Configuring Etherchannel
- Understanding Layer 3 Redundancy
- Understanding HSRP and Configuring HSRP
- IPv6 Troubleshooting
- Multi Area OSPF
- GRE Tunnels
- Managing Cisco Devices (moved from ICND1)