Let’s go more into depth what the new updates really mean. We will start by analyzing the CCNA. As I described in the previous post, gone are the days of having 11 different tracks, instead there is 1 exam. Why?
Take a second to think about what you expect from a Junior Network Engineer, that is after all what a CCNA is expected to be. I, probably Russ White, and many other with me, would argue that what is important at any level, but certainly as a junior, is to understand the fundamentals well. That is to know binary, subnetting, supernetting, basic TCP/IP, basic routing and switching, a little about wireless, a little about security. You don’t need to specialize at a junior level. Many athletes do several sports until they have to pick one and studies have shown that this is often has a positive effect compared to focusing on a single one too soon.
The change in the CCNA is therefore to better align with the expected job role of a CCNA. What domains are being tested? The domains being tested are:
- Network Fundamentals
- Network Access
- IP Connectivity
- IP Services
- Security Fundamentals
- Automation and Programmability
The blueprint can be found here https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccna-cert/ccna-exam/exam-topics
What happens to the CCENT? It’s gone. If you’ve taken the CCENT, complete your CCNA before the changes to live February 24 2020.
What else is changing?
You can now recertify through the CE program, which could only be done at the CCIE level before. It will require 30 credits to recertify. You can also, as is the situation today, recertify by taking exams at a higher level.
What happens if I have CCNA Security or any of the non RS tracks? Your existing certification will live on for the rest of its lifetime, meaning that if it expires on August 31 2020, after that date the certification is expired. However, as the update goes live on February 24 2020, you will be CCNA certified and you will get a badge showing that you have taken a design exam, security exam, cloud exam etc. At least that’s how I’m interpreting things. The point is that you will still have something to show for the studies/certifications you had before.
See you next time!