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Cisco’s CCNA, CCNP, CCIE and DevOps certification programs are about to undergo a major overhaul

Cisco is removing and consolidating several of its certification tracks February 24, 2020.

October 25, 2019

Earlier this year at Cisco Live 2019, Cisco announced a major revamp to its entire portfolio of CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) and CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certification programs—from associate through expert levels. Cisco’s certification programs have undergone changes in the past, but never as monumental as these changes. For starters, all the following CCNA certifications and CCDA certification are being retired:
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Service Provider
  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCNA Wireless
  • CCNA Collaboration
  • CCNA Industrial
  • CCNA Cyber Ops
  • CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate)
The replacement for the previous CCNA tracks is a single CCNA exam (number 200-301). Instead of having a wide range of CCNA tracks, the single CCNA now includes security, automation and programmability. Additionally, there are no longer any prerequisites for taking the CCNA exam. The new exam goes into effect February 24, 2020, which means partners working on one of the above certifications will need to test before that date to be grandfathered in.
 
Additionally, continuing education will be available for CCNA, Cisco Certified Specialist and CCNP beginning February 24, 2020. Partners will be able to start earning training badges for courses completed after that date, too.
 
Cisco is also announcing new DevNet certifications focused on validating the skill sets of software developers, DevOps engineers, automation specialists and other software professionals. The new offering will help unleash the full capabilities of the new network by educating network infrastructure engineers and software developers in application development, automation, DevOps, Cloud and IoT.
 
Cisco professional-level and expert-level certifications: Core and concentration testing
The CCNP program will be segmented into five categories:
  1. CCNP Service Provider
  2. CCNP Collaboration
  3. CCNP Data Center
  4. CCNP Enterprise
  5. CCNP Security
To obtain a CCNP certification in any of the five categories, a partner will need to take and pass two exams—one core exam and one concentration exam. For example, if you wanted to pursue CCNP Security, you’d need to pass the following core exam: “Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (SCOR),” and then pass one of the following concentration exams: 
  • 300-710 SNCF (Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower)
  • 300-715 SISE (Implementing and Configuring Cisco Identity Services Engine)
  • 300-720 SESA (Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance)
  • 300-725 SWSA (Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance)
  • 300-730 SVPN (Implementing Secure Solutions with Virtual Private Networks)
  • 300-735 SAUTO (Automating and Programming Cisco Security Solutions) 
If you pass any CCNP level exams before February 24, you’ll receive credit for corresponding new exams and toward the new CCNP certification. Additionally, you can check to see which credit you’ll receive in the new program for passing CCNP level exams before February 24 with the CCNP migration tools here. As with CCNA, if you achieve a certification before the deadline, you’ll automatically receive the equivalent new certification after the cutoff date. You’ll need to recertify three years after the date you attained the certification.
 
CCIE certification will undergo a similar change to CCNP where partners will need to pass a core exam followed by successful completion of an 8-hour lab in one of the concentration areas. For instance, to earn the CCIE Security, you’d have to pass the CCNP Security core exam (SCOR 300-701) and then sit for the 8-hour lab, CCIE Security v6.0. That’s consistent across all the new CCIEs with the exception of CCIE Enterprise. In the case of the Enterprise track, you have two options: CCIE Enterprise Wireless and CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure. Both of these tracks adopt the CCNP Enterprise exam (ENCOR 300-401) as their written exam, and then diverge at the lab requirement. They each have a dedicated lab requirement specific to the track: CCIE Enterprise Wireless v1.0 and CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure v1.0.
 
For more information visit Cisco’s certification changes main page.