It looks like a paradigm shift
I read that pdf and what I found most interesting:
At the associate level, users will take a single, comprehensive exam. At the professional level, users will need to take a core exam
and their choice of concentration exam in the same technology track. At the expert level, users will need
to take a core exam the corresponding lab exam. Specialist certifications will be awarded for passing any
written, proctored exam, with the exception of associate level exams.
We’ve consolidated and updated CCNA training and certification into one course, one comprehensive
exam that covers entry-level networking skills across technologies, such as basic IP fundamentals,
network access, IP connectivity, and basics of automation and network programmability, and security
The CCNA certification will no longer be required as a prerequisite for professional certifications,
giving learners the ability to start where they choose in their learning journey.
CCNP and CCIE:
In the new CCNP program, each CCNP certification requires only two exams: one core exam and one concentration exam of your choice, so you can focus on your interests and needs. And core exams in each technology track also serve as qualifying exams for CCIE lab exams.
Cisco is 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.
You have options:
If you push to get CCENT certified, you'll need to take and pass the second exam (ICND2) before February 24, 2020 to become CCNA Routing and Switching Certified. Becoming CCNA Routing and Switching certified before February 24, 2020, will grant you the new CCNA certification.
Since there are no formal prerequisites for the new CCNA certification, you can take the new exam when it's available on February 24, 2020.
For more information, do check out the CCNA Certification at-a-glance PDF: https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en_us/training-events/certifications/associate/ccna-at-a-glance.pdf
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Seems like you've got to make a decision and consider "going for it" - getting your CCNA R&S before Feb 24, 2020. You could consider switching from studying for the ICND1 and ICND2 exams separately... and just take the plunge and target the CCNA R&S composite exam. If you can get all of that work done by Feb 24, 2020... you'll have a CCNA R&S cert for 3 years AND you'll get the new CCNA as well. Or take both exams and get your CCNA R&S cert that way... you've got 8 months. Depending on how much you can study per day, should have plenty of time.
Maybe pop over to the interview podcast I had with our Senior Manager of Global Certifications, Yusuf Bhaiji and listen to the CCNA episode (and probably the into episode too). You can find links on the blog I posted earlier this morning: Cisco Certifications Podcast
Brett, the update seems to imply there is just "one" CCNA exam...have they dropped the CCENT?
It only mentions an update to CCNA, but does not mention the ICND1 exam (that I could see anyway).
Never mind, Rob pointed that out in his post above (Thanks Rob)
Q: How will the certification updates change the number of exams a user will take for certifications?
A: It will depend on each learner’s path. Our goal is to make it more convenient for learners to become certified and enable them to customize learning to best meet their needs. At the associate level, users will take a single, comprehensive exam. At the professional level, users will need to take a core exam and their choice of concentration exam in the same technology track. At the expert level, users will need to take a core exam the corresponding lab exam. Specialist certifications will be awarded for passing any written, proctored exam, with the exception of associate level exams.
That is correct... there will be only one CCNA Exam after Feb 24, 2020. CCENT/ICND1 is an excellent way for students to break the existing CCNA R&S cert into two pieces. Many candidates go that route... and it is an excellent way to go. So people can continue forward and get their CCENT (which will be valid for 3 years) and if they can't get the ICND2 exam done in time to get their CCNA R&S done... you will have likely been learning much of what you'd need to pass the refreshed CCNA. Knowledge is something that is always yours to keep. But all that said... if you folks can do it... march forward and try to get your CCNA R&S cert done by Feb 24, 2020 by taking 2 (ICND1 and ICND2) exams or 1 exam (CCNA R&S Composite exam). If you fall short... you'll be knowledge rich toward taking the refreshed CCNA Exam. You'll just need to add some items from the new Exam Topics (a bit of security and automation).
Best to you.
Q: If my current Cisco certification transitions to a different certification in February 2020, will I receive a new certificate for my certification?
A: Yes, if you hold an active certification on February 24, 2020, you will be granted the corresponding updated certification. For example, if you have an active CCNA Routing and Switching on February 24, 2020, you will be granted the CCNA certification. Please note that when you are granted the updated certification(s), your recertification deadline will remain unchanged.
And when we can expect new books:
- CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1
- CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide, Volume 2
- CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide Library
- CCNP Security Core SCOR 300-701 Official Cert Guide
- CCNA 200-301 Portable Command Guide
- 31 Days Before Your CCNA 200-301 Exam
- CCNP Data Center DCCOR 300-601 Official Cert Guide
- CCNP Enterprise Core ENCOR 300-401 Official Cert Guide
- CCNP Enterprise Advanced Routing ENARSI 300-410 Official Cert Guide
- CCNP Enterprise Core and Advanced Routing Official Cert Guide Library
- CCNP Enterprise and Advanced Routing Portable Command Guide
- CCNP Collaboration Core CLCOR 300-801 Official Cert Guide