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The Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching Certification is, without a doubt, one of the IT industry’s most popular, sought-after certifications. As with previous Cisco certification revisions, the announcement of the CCNA Routing and Switching certification update from v2.0 to v3.0 created a great deal of excitement as well as many questions from the Cisco Certification and IT community.

 

Recently, Cisco hosted the CCNA Routing and Switching: A Comprehensive Overview Live Webinar, presented by Cisco Certification program managers as well as our very own Cisco Learning Network community manager, Brett Lovins, to provide an in-depth examination of the key program changes. If you missed the live webinar, you can check out the recording now available on-demand by visiting CCNA Routing and Switching: A Comprehensive Overview Webinar.

 

To help provide clarity and understanding on some of these new certification changes, we compiled a list of the top 5 most commonly asked questions from the CCNA Routing and Switching certification revision.

 

For additional information and resources about the certification, visit the CCNA Routing and Switching Overview page.

 

Please scroll down for the top 5 commonly asked questions:

 

Question #1: Can I mix and match the v2.0 and v3.0 exams to achieve the CCNA R&S Certification?

Answer: Yes, candidates can mix and match the CCNA R&S v2.0 and v3.0 exams to obtain their certification (Example: Passing 100-101 ICND1 v2.0 + 200-101 ICND2 v3.0 Exam = Certified in CCNA R&S)

 

The Last day to test for the 200-120 CCNA v2.0 and 100-101 ICND1 v2.0 exams is August 20, 2016

The Last day to test for the 200-101 ICND2 v2.0 exam is September 24, 2016

 

 

Question #2: What are the differences between the current CCNA R&S v2.0 and new v3.0 exams?

Answer: For details about the key changes between the current CCNA R&S v2.0 and new v3.0 exams, please refer to the following blog post to review the topics that have been added and removed - CCNA Routing and Switching Refresh

 

 

Question #3: Am I required to pass ICND1 to achieve the CCNA R&S Certification?

Answer: No, the ICND1 exam is not required if you pass the CCNA composite exam. To achieve the CCNA R&S certification, you have two options:

 

Option 1: Pass the CCNA composite exam (v2.0 or v3.0)

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Option 2: Pass ICND1 and ICND2 exams (v2.0 or v3.0 with mix and match allowed)

 

The Last day to test for the 200-120 CCNA v2.0 and 100-101 ICND1 v2.0 exams is August 20, 2016

The Last day to test for the 200-101 ICND2 v2.0 exam is September 24, 2016

 

 

Question #4: When will the new CCNA R&S v3.0 Official Cert Guides be available?

Answer: The new CCNA R&S v3.0 Official Cert Guides are now available for purchase through Cisco Press with the ICND1 Official Cert Guide being available immediately. The ICND2 Official Cert Guide will begin shipping on July 4, 2016, and the CCNA R&S Official Cert Guide Library will begin shipping July 15, 2016.


CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-105 Official Cert Guide

CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide

CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Official Cert Guide Library

 

 

Question #5: Are there any practice lab solutions available to help me prepare for the CCNA R&S exams?

Answer: Yes, the Cisco Learning Labs are available for ICND1 and ICND2 v3.0 exams directly through the Cisco Learning Network Store. These are guided labs that include objectives and solutions using real Cisco IOS with Layer 2 support and CLI commands.

 

Cisco Packet Tracer is a network simulator that is considered another great option for lab practice, allowing you to create and configure your own labs. Packet Tracer it is available to download free of charge from the Cisco Networking Academy website after completing the self-paced course.

 

For more information about these practice tools, visit Packet Tracer and Alternative Lab Solutions

 

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