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Cisco’s CCNA Changes

Cisco have recently announced, a redesign of its Associate-level certification programs including the evolution of the Cisco CCNA® certification to the CCNA Routing and Switching certification.

Steve Brennan | 12 April 2013

Cisco have recently announced, a redesign of its Associate-level certification programs including the evolution of the Cisco CCNA® certification to the CCNA Routing and Switching certification.

The redesign also enables the Associate-level Concentration certifications (Design, Routing and Switching, Security, Service Provider Operations, Voice, and Wireless) to better align with industry job roles.

What has changed?

1. CCNA has now been renamed to be 'CCNA Routing and Switching'.
2. 'CCNA Routing and Switching' is no longer a prerequisite to move onto the CCNA Concentrations.
3. All CCNA Concentrations require 2 exams to be passed for certification status. If there are not 2 exams specific to the concentration then ICND1 will be the first exam that students must pass (gaining themselves CCENT certification status) and then the exam specific to the concentration is the 2 nd exam (gaining the CCNA Concentration certification status). An example of this is CCNA Voice where the required exams are now ICND1 and ICOMM. Please see the attached illustration from Cisco which shows this.

Cisco Blog Image 1

CCNA Routing and Switching (CCNA R&S)

New exams for CCNA R&S have been released, the exam numbers for these are:

  • ICND1 - 100-101
  • ICND2 - 200-201
  • CCNA Composite - 200-120

The old CCNA exams are still available until 30 th September 2013 to allow students who have already sat the 1.1 version courses to take the exams aligned to that version of the course.

Course Differences

What can students expect from the new courses?

A greater focus on higher level subjects such as ipv6 routing. A greater focus on lab work with exercises designed to facilitate maintenance of current network implementations. Less time is devoted the basic principles of networking such as the history and development. Students should find the course much more applicable to their everyday networking challenges.
The new Version 2 courses allow for more labs and troubleshooting, giving a better understanding of configuring and optimizing routers and switches.

What has improved in the version 2 releases?

The course makes better use of lab exercises by explaining the objectives and conclusions in greater detail. The course is up to date and reflects the common challenges faced by most technicians working in today's environment. The course is better structured and has a better flow making the learning process easier.

New features within the version 2 releases

Even more relevant lab exercises. Dropping of out of date subjects and focus on newer more applicable subjects, IPv6, relevant WAN technologies, advanced switching features, more in depth routing. There is much less focus on sub-netting, reflecting the fact most technicians use sub-netting calculators, for example.

New features include:


  • VLANs
  • Trunking
  • InterVlan Routing
  • VLSM
  • ACL
  • DCHP (commands)
  • NAT (commands)
  • NTP
  • WAN - Point - to Point
  • Dynamic Routing Protocol
  • Single Area OSPF
  • IPv6


  • Understanding and Configuring Etherchannel
  • Understanding Layer 3 Redundancy
  • Understanding HSRP and Configuring HSRP
  • IPv6 - Troubleshooting
  • Multi Area OSPF
  • GRE Tunnels
  • SNMP
  • Syslog
  • Netflow
  • Managing Cisco Devices (moved from ICND1)
  • Licensing

QA Training | Steve Brennan

Steve Brennan

Microsoft Business Development Director

Steve has worked in the IT Training industry for over 15 years, starting his career in a training delivery role, before moving into global account management and strategic business development roles. Steve was a member of the senior management team at Xpertise Group Plc, which was acquired by QA in September 2008. Reporting into the executive board, he is responsible for managing QA’s strategic alliance partnership with Microsoft across both the QA Learning and Apprenticeship businesses. A respected professional in the industry, Steve sat for 3 years on Microsoft’s Learning Global Partner Advisory Council (PAC) in Seattle which helps sets the direction for Microsoft learning products and services. Steve holds a BSc (Hons) in Information Systems for Business.
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