Finish What You Start: The Time is Now to Complete Your CCNA Certification from Geoff AndersonOn Monday, February 24, 2020, Cisco will launch its new certification exams.  This represents the most significant change to Cisco’s Certification program since its introduction over 25 years ago. The structure of the new CCNA certification will completely transform: rather than offering CCNAs for specific technology focus areas as it’s designed today, the new CCNA will be consolidated and updated to give learners a broader range of skills.


What if you’re still studying under the existing CCNA framework? 


The good news is there’s still time to study under the existing framework and complete your CCNA.


We’re making a range of resources available to get you over the finish line and fast.  So, don’t let all of your work go to waste, after all, you’ve worked hard to get here --- but note, the last day to test is February 23, 2020.  On this date, the existing framework will be retired.


Still not convinced?  We’ve outlined a few more reasons you should keep going.


Final Call: This Is Your Last Chance to Test


Reason #1:  Today, Cisco has 10 Associate-level certifications: nine CCNA certifications and one CCDA.  On February 24th, they will all be replaced by one consolidated CCNA exam (exception: CCNA Cyber Ops certification).  That means a whole new exam blueprint to prepare for -- meaning if you’re studying to complete one of the current CCNA tracks, waiting until the new exam will require you to learn additional technologies, which will likely take you back to the beginning of your exam prep journey.


Reason #2:  The current CCNA certifications will hold the same value and remain valid for three years.  So if you become certified in CCNA Routing and Switching before February 24th you will still maintain that industry recognition even when the new CCNA is available.


Reason #3:  As part of the migration, if you certify within a technology-specific CCNA track it will migrate to the new CCNA and you’ll receive a training badge to indicate your former track specialization.  You’ll completely skip over having to take the new 200-301 CCNA exam in order to receive the new CCNA.


Reason #4:  There’s still enough time!  By not completing or attempting to achieve your CCNA in the current program, you’re giving up on all of the time you’ve invested in yourself. We know that you can do it, and there’s still time to kick it into high gear and take your career to the next level.


Last-Minute Study Aids


It’s worth noting that no one resource can ensure success on the exam; however, using them in tandem can increase your odds.


  1. Take advantage of the resources on Cisco Press.  There are several books that provide deep dives for the ICND1 and ICND2 exams.

  2. Check out the CCNA Routing and Switching Knowledge Quiz.  This 25-question quiz assesses your networking knowledge at the CCNA-level.

  3. The CCNA Study Group allows users to connect with members, ask questions and share ideas.

  4. Review and have a good understanding of all of the topics mentioned in the exam blueprints.

  5. Take a look at the CCNA Study Material which was designed to help users quickly find what they’re looking for by organizing the content by exam topic.

  6. Practice Test.  There are many that exist, and users have recommended testing from a variety of sources. *NOTE: No testing site should give you a 100% passing guarantee.


We know how difficult it is to muster up the time to study, read and take practice tests; but you’re about to change your career and your life for the better.  99% of organizations use certifications to make hiring decisions, and technical managers consistently report that Cisco certified professionals build credibility, trust, are more influential and more successful.  So, stick with it.  You made a commitment.  Be decisive.  Capitalize on everything you’ve learned, and meet your goals before it’s too late.  Schedule your test today.


Once you’re certified, take a look at the certification tracking tool that’ll walk you through what you have in terms of certifications and how they’ll transition.