Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification is getting consolidated and updated to help you unleash the full capabilities of today’s most intuitive networks.  And we’re excited about the opportunity this unlocks for those entering the IT field!  Long viewed as the industry’s leading standard, CCNA is among IT’s most respected associate-level certifications, and is often linked to hiring decisions, compensation premiums and professional advancements.  The demands of the industry, however, are evolving, as are the vigor, pace and requirements of certified individuals.


Effective February 24, 2020, Cisco will release a new certification framework, streamlined based on market demands and learner preferences.  Only one exam is required for the new CCNA, and training is available now.


What’s even better?  Continuing education is now available as an option to recertify!



Three BIG changes to understand.

The changes to the new CCNA certification will have longstanding implications: validating skillsets, improving confidence, and easing the burden on the learner.

  1. The convergence of roles and a broader level of understanding.  Networking, software and infrastructure are growing more and more interconnected every day.  Whereas prior CCNA certifications drove a level of specialization, the new CCNA will provide breadth across the entire networking space, including key elements of networking technologies, security, automation and programmability. The breadth of these new skills, bundled into the new CCNA certification, will provide learners the requisite knowledge they need to evolve with the demands of the industry. 
  2. One training course.  One test.  The preparation and testing process has been simplified considerably: leaners will only have to take one exam to earn the CCNA, which will replace Cisco’s previous technology-specific CCNA certifications.  One exam will validate a broad range of fundamentals across all IT careers, and the prep course covers network fundamentals and access, IP connectivity and services, security fundamentals, automation and programmability.  Learners will be tested on their ability to administer and implement Cisco solutions.
  3. Introduction of continuing education as an optionLike current certifications, the new CCNA certification will be valid for three years.  Unlike the current ones however, you won’t necessarily need to re-test to maintain your certification.  With the launch of the new certification framework, Cisco will introduce continuing education credits as an option for recertification.  For CCNA, 30 continuing education credits are required to recertify with a variety of training options, such as Cisco Live training sessions, completed online content, web-based or instructor-led courses, or a mix of these types of activities.  Continuous and integrated learning keeps certified professionals positioned for leadership and innovation.



What if you already have your CCNA?


If you already have your CCNA or if you earn a CCNA certification before the February 24, 2020 deadline, you will receive the new CCNA certification plus a training badge for the specialization of your CCNA. Training badges indicate the work you’ve done and successfully completed.  When it’s time to recertify, you can do so through Continuing Education credits or by taking the new exam, 200-301 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).


Please note there will be no changes to the current CCNA Cyber Ops certification track at this time.  Look for future updates at



To begin your journey, here’s what we’ve provided:

And if you join the CCNA Study Group before January 30, 2020 you will obtain access to exclusive study resources:

  • Discussions led and monitored by Cisco Subject Matter Experts
  • An exclusive invitation to our interactive CCNA Study Sessions
  • Access to the New CCNA Quiz
  • A Learning Map to help focus your studies and stay on track


Click here to learn more about the program.



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