As most of you are aware, mid to late last year, Cisco introduced their new certification tracks. All previous exams for the same were also retired late February 2020.
I keep getting may questions particularly by those of us who had done at least one exam pre- change.
So here is some information about the new certification tracks
All previously earned certifications remain valid until their expiry dates * plus 6 months
The requirements for recertification remain the same. All certificates are valid for a period of 3 years (Except for CCIE which requires recertification every 2 years) before the end of which the candidates must redo the same exam, do a different exam at the same level or an exam at the next level to keep their certifications valid.
Please note: once your certification expires, to re-acquire the same or a higher certification will require you start again from the beginning.
Below are details about the current Certification offerings from Cisco.
Let’s see what there is under CCNA
This revamped course offers more or less the same content as before with a deeper glance into Wireless networks and technologies, Network Security and Network Automation. I would recommend a thorough look through the content of this new course even for existing CCNA holders before pursuing higher level certifications as the content here is up to 30% new content
To qualify for this certification
There is only one exam for this and there are no prerequisites to sit for it.
Download CCNA: Course Outline : here
Next let’s look at the Professional and Specialist level Certifications.
Unlike the previous track an Associate level certification is not a prerequisite for a certification at this level.
There are 5 areas to certify in as indicated below plus the DevNet track.
Please note: CCNP CyberOps will also be tested as below.
Let’s drill down to what will most likely be the most popular of the above 5 tracks, CCNP Enterprise.
So, what does it take to be CCNP Enterprise certified?
To be the holder of a CCNP Enterprise Certification, one will be required to undertake the CCNP Enterprise Core exam 350-401 plus at least one Concentration under the CCNP Enterprise umbrella. The concentration exam(s) will be entirely up to the individual to choose depending on your skills requirements and future certification pursuits.
Note: every CCNP core and Concentration exam earns an individual Specialist Certification. You can earn as many Specialist Certificates in as many different technologies as you like.
Download the CCNP 350—401 Course outline: here
Finally let’s look at CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure Certification
Again, unlike before where one had to have at least a CCNA and CCIE written exam done to qualify for the Lab, here things have also changed. Now all that is required to qualify you for the LAB exam is CCNP Core exam. Once the Lab is done and passed then one is CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure Certified.
This is an 8 hour hands on practical exam that requires the candidate to plan, design, deploy, operate and optimize a dual stack (IPv4 & IPv6) solution for a complex enterprise network.
At a glance these are the 5 key areas examined in this lab.
For more details download the CCIE Enterprise Lab Topic List: here
Credits : newsroom.cisco.com