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New Cisco Certification Levels Updates 2019

New Cisco Certification Updates 2019

Have you heard the big news from the Cisco Live in San Diego? Cisco announced a major revamp to their entire certification program, from Associate Level all the way up to Expert Level. This is a big step forward for Cisco. It is normal for Cisco to announce changes to individual certification track’s but not the entire program. Don’t stress out! We are here to help you navigate through the changes.

First, at the CCNA level, all the following certifications are being retired:
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Service Provider
  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCNA Wireless
  • CCNA Collaboration
  • CCNA Industrial
  • CCNA Cyber Ops
  • CCDA

Again, don’t panic! The replacement for all of these CCNA tracks will be combined into the core CCNA exam, number 200-301. Cisco is going to have one single CCNA that will include security, automation, and programmability. This new certification now covers a broad range of fundamentals for IT careers. There are no prerequisites for taking the CCNA 200-301 exam. This new exam begins testing on February 24, 2020.


Are you working on one of the above certifications? Be sure to test before February 2020. Learn more about our CCNA Routing and Switching class.


Here’s what the new learning tracks look like:


Second, CCNP has some big changes as well.

Here are some of the big changes, CCNA is no longer a prerequisite for CCNP, and each CCNP track now only requires two exams. The core exam and a concentration exam which you can pick. The core qualifying exam is the same exam for the CCIE written. So you could take the core exam, and schedule the CCIE Lab Exam for that track. One exception to this is that the CCIE Enterprise (formerly Routing & Switching) written exam qualifies you for either CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure Lab (formerly R&S Lab Exam) or CCIE Enterprise Wireless (formerly CCIE Wireless).


The CCNP tracks are:

Passing any of these concentration exams will also earn you the Cisco Certified Specialist title. To become a Cisco Certified Specialist, you can take any exam, except the CCNA (which would make you a CCNA, not a specialist).

CCNP Enterprise has the following “Core” exam and the following “Concentration” exams. Remember that you only need to pass the Core plus one Concentration, not all of them.


CCNP Enterprise includes the following exams:

Core exam:

  • 300-401 ENCOR Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR). Concentration exams (choose one):
  • 300-410 ENARSI Implementing Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services (ENARSI)
  • 300-415 ENSDWI Implementing Cisco SD-WAN Solutions (ENSDWI)
  • 300-420 ENSLD Designing Cisco Enterprise Networks (ENSLD)
  • 300-425 ENWLSD Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (ENWLSD)
  • 300-430 ENWLSI Implementing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (ENWLSI)
  • 300-435 ENAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUTO)


For CCNP Data Center the exams are as follows:

Core exam:
  • 300-601 DCCOR Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR). Concentration exams (choose one):
  • 300-610 DCID Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)
  • 300-615 DCIT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)
  • 300-620 DCACI Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)
  • 300-625 DCSAN Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking (DCSAN)
  • 300-635 DCAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUTO)


For CCNP Security the exams are as follows:

Core exam:
  • 300-701 SCOR – Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (SCOR). Concentration exams (choose one):
  • 300-710 SNCF Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower (SNCF)
  • 300-715 SISE Implementing and Configuring Cisco Identity Services Engine (SISE)
  • 300-720 SESA Securing Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance (SESA)
  • 300-725 SWSA Securing the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance (SWSA)
  • 300-730 SVPN Implementing Secure Solutions with Virtual Private Networks (SVPN)
  • 300-735 SAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Security Solutions (SAUTO)


For CCNP Service Provider the exams are as follows:

Core exam:
  • 300-501 SPCOR Implementing and Operating Cisco Service Provider Network Core Technologies (SPCOR). Concentration exams (choose one):
  • 300-510 SPRI Implementing Cisco Service Provider Advanced Routing Solutions (SPRI)
  • 300-515 SPVI Implementing Cisco Service Provider VPN Services (SVPI)
  • 300-535 SPAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUTO)


For CCNP Collaboration the exams are as follows:

Core exam:
  • 300-801 CLCOR Implementing and Operating Cisco Collaboration Core Technologies (CLCOR). Concentration exams (choose one)
  • 300-810 CLICA Implementing Cisco Collaboration Applications (CLICA)
  • 300-815 CLACCM Implementing Cisco Advanced Call Control and Mobility Services (CLACCM)
  • 300-820 CLCEI Implementing Cisco Collaboration Cloud and Edge Solutions (CLCEI)
  • 300-835 CLAUTO Automating Cisco Collaboration Solutions (CLAUTO)


Third, there is a brand new track that Cisco has announced is the “Cisco Certified DevNet Professional”.

Cisco launched a new certification track — DevNet. The DevNet track will combine programming (primarily with Python) and infrastructure.


There will be four levels to the DevNet track:


Core exam:
  • 300-901 DEVCOR Developing Applications Using Cisco Core Platforms and APIs (DEVCOR). Concentration exams (choose one):
  • 300-435 ENAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUTO)
  • 300-835 CLAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Collaboration Solutions (CLAUTO)
  • 300-635 DCAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUTO)
  • 300-535 SPAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUTO)
  • 300-735 SAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Security Solutions (SAUTO)
  • 300-910 DEVOPS Implementing DevOps Solutions and Practices using Cisco Platforms (DEVOPS)
  • 300-915 DEVIOT Developing Solutions using Cisco IoT and Edge Platforms (DEVIOT)
  • 300-920 DEVWBX Developing Applications for Cisco Webex and Webex Devices (DEVWBX)


More detail will be published about the DevNet Professional certifications when available.


Fourth, for the first time in the history of this program, these many changes have been implemented at once. For CCIE, every track has a blueprint update.
  • CCIE Routing & Switching is getting rebranded. It is now called CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure certification.
  • The “written” or “qualification” exam for CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure is now the same one as CCNP Enterprise, specifically Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR 300-401). The CCIE Lab Exam is now split into two discrete portions, Design and Implementation.
  • The first section is 3 hours long. It uses a web delivery engine to present a scenario in which you must, per cisco “translate customer requirements into solutions and assess the network readiness to support proposed solutions.
  • The second section is 5 hours long. It uses a hybrid virtual/physical environment where candidates will build the network to a design spec, customer requirements, restrictions, and will operate and optimize given network technologies and solutions.


This sounds very similar to the current format of the exam but we will have to wait and see in February 2020 to see.


Important Dates for the New Cisco Certifications

If you’ve started working toward any current Cisco CCNA certification, keep studying and training. You have until Feb. 24, 2020, to earn that certification. By doing so, you’ll receive the new CCNA certification and training badge in the corresponding technology.


If you’ve already earned CCENT certification and want to earn the new CCNA, you have until Feb. 23, 2020, to earn a current CCNA cert. After that, you’ll need to take the new exam to earn the CCNA.

We are here to help you navigate through these changes. Please reach out to us for more information


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