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Changes in the CCNA Routing & Switching certification: a list of Frequently Asked Questions

17th May 2016
by Marjolein Marinissen

CCNAToday, 17th May, 2016, Cisco announces that they will be making changes in the CCNA Routing & Switching certification. What will change exactly? And what does it mean for you?

What will change within the CCNA Routing & Switching certification?

The courses and exams within the CCNA Routing & Switching certification will change from version 2.0 to version 3.0. This means an introduction of 3 courses and exams. The names and abbreviations of the courses stay the same, but the exam numbers change.

v2.0 courses and examsv3.0 courses and exams
Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 (ICND1)100-101 ICND1Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 (ICND1)100-105 ICND1
Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 (ICND2)200-101 ICND2Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 (ICND2)200-105 ICND2
CCNA Bootcamp (CCNABC)200-120 CCNACCNA Bootcamp (CCNABC)200-125 CCNA

To certify for CCNA Routing & Switching you need to pass either the ICND1 and ICND2 exams ór the CCNA exam. More about the obtainment of the CCNA certification can be found in my blog post ‘CCNA: how to pass your certification

Why is the CCNA Routing & Switching certification changing?

Pim Leemans, Cisco instructor, says it as follows: “There are several reasons for Cisco to take a closer look at the CCNA courses. The most important reason is not of a technical nature: the way we learn has been changing a lot in the previous years. We see that on (primary) schools, where they expect more independence, and this trend is spreading to the business world. People want to acquire knowledge in their own time and on a location of their own choosing.

Cisco has incorporated this in the newest framework of the CCNA courses. Unlike before there will be less theory and more learning by ‘just doing it’. This is achieved by deployment of the ‘Discovery Labs’. Such labs are also being used at the CCNP courses. During the Discovery Labs part of the theory will be acquired by performing lab practices based upon scenarios from the course material.

When the technological and practical knowledge is acquired at the end of each module, the students are able to use those in the ‘Challenge Labs’. During these assignments the students will not be coached anymore, but expected to rely on previous acquired knowledge.

Because the assignments are performed at the Cisco Virtual Labs the students can also study the subjects in their own time áfter taking the course. Furthermore the dependencies are gone. You will never get ‘stuck’ anymore. So the purchase of hardware to prepare for an exam is ancient history!”

What will change specifically in the courses and exams? Which subjects will be added and which will be removed?

Pim: “Apart from the framework of the courses and the deployment of virtual labs Cisco has also adjusted the courses to new technologies of course. During the ICND1 course only RIP as routing protocol will be treated. Subjects on device management (upgrades, licenses and such) are removed from the ICND2 course and are now part of the ICND1 course.

The ICND2 course has changed the most. The emphasis on outdated technologies like Frame Relay has been replaced by Multi-Link PPP en PPPoE. The tougher subjects of EBGP and Quality of Service, RADIUS and Tacacs+ authentication will also be treated. Those are subjects that were previously part of the CCNP curriculum. So the stakes have been raised.”

When will the new courses and exams be available?

The new courses and exams have been made available today, on 17th May, 2016.

Until when can the ‘old’ exams be taken?

The exams 100-101 ICND1 and 200-120 CCNA can be taken until August 20, 2016, the exam 200-101 ICND2 can be taken until September 24, 2016.

Is there a problem if you take the ICND1 exam on v2.0 and the ICND2 exam on v3.0?

No. The old and the new exams can be combined. After successfully passing the old ICND1 exam and the new ICND2 exam you will obtain the CCNA Routing & Switching certification as usual.

What do you have to do if you are CCNA Routing & Switching certified at this moment?

In that case you don’t have to do anything. The CCNA Routing & Switching certification is valid for 3 years and will also stay valid for 3 years after the changes in the courses and exams.

Can’t find your question in this post?

Do you have another question you can’t find in the above? Please let me know. I will be happy to help.

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3 Responses to “Changes in the CCNA Routing & Switching certification: a list of Frequently Asked Questions”

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