I wanted to summarize the changes which will be in effect after February 24, 2020 to the Cisco Certification programs:
. All CCNA certification programs will be consolidated into a single CCNA.
. CCNA will no longer be a pre-requisite for CCNP.
. There will be 5 CCNP and 5 CCIE tracks: Enterprise, Service Provider, Collaboration, Data Center, and Security. There’ll be a common core written exam per track, and from there candidates can choose to take 1 of the corresponding concentrations and become CCNP-certified, or take 1 of the corresponding labs and become CCIE-certified.
. The new CCIE will assess design (LLD), implement, operate, optimize, troubleshoot and automate skills, whereas CCDE will continue to assess design (HLD) skills.
. CCIE R&S will be renamed to CCIE Enterprise and once candidates pass the Enterprise core exam they can take either the Infrastructure or the Wireless lab to become CCIE-certified.
. CCENT, CCDA and CCDP will no longer exist, and will be incorporated into the new CCNA or CCNP. One of the CCNP concentrations per track will be Design.
. CCNPs and in-flight CCNPs can use this tool to understand how the migration will work: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/certifications/professional/ccnp-migration-tools.html
. Certification badges will be issued to proctored exams you have passed (Specializations) and Certifications you have obtained, and are in good standing after the rollout. We recommend that if you’re “in flight” that you complete the certification before Feb 24th, 2020, which will grant you more badges.
. DevNet certifications will be introduced: Cisco Certified DevNet Associate, Cisco Certified DevNet Specialist, and Cisco Certified DevNet Professional.
. Training for the certifications will gradually become available between July/2019 and February/2020.
. Recertification rules and options are changing as well. All certification levels will have a 3-year recertification requirement, meaning the CCIE suspended status will go away. The Continuing Education (CE) program will be extended to the CCNA, CCNP, CCIE certifications. You can recertify by authoring exam content, attending Cisco Live sessions, completing online training courses or instructor-led training, and taking an exam – for CCIE and CCDE what it means is that the only expert-level exam that will remain will be the CCDE Written exam. For more details, visit: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/recertification-policy.html .