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Cisco Training Courses & Certifications

In 2020 Cisco changed their training and certification programmes around the latest technologies and what drives today's learners. The driving force behind this change is to unleash the full capabilities of the new network. New skills are required for both network engineers and software developers as networks become more intuitive, automated and intent based. Updates include:

• Consolidated and updated CCNA training and certification. 

• Five core technology tracks and associated training for CCNP and CCIE certifications. 

• A wide array of training options for CCNP concentrations and Specialist certifications. 

• Continuing education extended to the CCNA and CCNP Certification levels as well as the new Specialist level Certifications.

• First-of-its kind DevNet training with associate, specialist and professional certifications. 

The next-level certifications are arranged under five categories:

Entry: Starting point for individuals interested in starting a career as a networking professional.

Associate: Master the essentials needed to launch a rewarding career and expand your job possibilities with the latest technologies.

Professional: Select a core technology track and a focused concentration exam to customize your professional-level certification.

Expert: This certification is accepted worldwide as the most prestigious certification in the technology industry.

Architect:  There are no formal training programs for the Cisco Architect (CCAr) certification. However, candidates wishing to attain their CCAr certification must meet before an in-person board made of Cisco-appointed exam committee members, during which the candidate defends their proposed network solution.

Take a look at the new Cisco Roadmap below:

Cisco Roadmap 1 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions


What are CCENT and CCNA?

These are the entry level qualifications for those who need to understand Cisco technologies.

CCENT involves completion of the ICND1 course and the 100-101 ICND1 exam.

CCNA (routing & switching) involves in addition the ICND2 course and 200-101 ICND2 exam. Alternatively there is a combination course and a combined exam 200-120CCNA.

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) focuses on providing the skills and knowledge necessary to implement and support a small switched and routed network. Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) focuses on using Cisco Catalyst switches and Cisco routers that are connected in LANs and WANs typically found at medium-sized network sites.

Are exams included with Cisco technical courses?

No. Exams are booked separately with Pearson Vue test centres. There is comprehensive advice on certifications and exams at the Cisco learning website.

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