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Get CCNA-ready in 2020!

July 14, 2020

Alex Walters
Achieving CCNA certification is the first step in preparing for a career in IT technologies.

Cisco has recently launched their new certification: CCNA 200 -301. The new exam requirements have been in effect since February 24, 2020. To earn the new CCNA exam certification, you will only need to pass one exam: Cisco 200 -301 also known as Cisco Certified Network Associate. This exam is a 120-minute proctored exam provided by Cisco that is anticipated to include the following subject areas:

  • Network Fundamentals
  • Network Access
  • IP connectivity
  • IP services
  • Security Fundamentals
  • Automatization and Programmability

After passing the exam, the certification is valid for three years.

Previously, there were multiple CCNA certifications that focused on different topics. Individuals would choose the CCNA certification that best aligned with their learning objectives. Whether it was CCNA Cloud, CCNA Routing and Switching or CCNA Service provider, there were multiple exams and multiple learning paths (New CCNA exam – 200-301) However, with the CCNA 200-301, Cisco created one exam in place of all the retired types. Below you will find a list of all the certifications the new CCNA will replace:

  • CCNA Cloud
  • CCNA Collaboration
  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCDA
  • CCNA Industrial
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Service Provider
  • CCNA Wireless

(Cert News: New Cisco Certifications Coming in 2020)

CCNA gives you the foundation you need to take your career in any direction.

The new CCNA helps introduce the general networking and technology skills. Therefore, the new CCNA offers a great starting point for IT professionals beginning their cybersecurity careers or those transitioning into the area of Networking After earning this Beginner CCNA certification, professionals will then be able to take a more concentrated approach by becoming a Cisco Certified Network professional – CCNP. (Cert News: New Cisco Certifications Coming in 2020).

According to payscale.com, a professional with their CCNA certification earns an average of $76,000 per year. IT professionals with CCNA certifications are also very reputable in the professional realm.  Emily Paul echoed these sentiments in her blog titled, “Top 5 Cisco Certifications in Demand “Paul explained that, “Cisco is a global leading certification provider.” Having a Cisco certification demonstrates to current and perspective employees that you have the knowledge and training required to excel in an entry level networking position. This certification will also put you on the path to earn more concentrated certifications and be promoted to advanced positions in the field. Organizations outside of the IT field also benefit from having CCNA certified professionals because this foundational knowledge demonstrates everything you need to know about networking infrastructures. These infrastructures are important because a vast majority of companies depend on computer systems as well as cell phones and cable companies. (Gardner)

Phoenix TS offers a course to prepare you for the exam. The Cisco Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA) v1.0 course at Phoenix TS, is a 5-day instructor led exam prep course that teaches participants about IPv4 and IPv6 networks, switches, routers, wireless Lan controllers, network devices, and security threats. After taking the course students will be able to:

  • How to troubleshoot network problems
  • Configure all parts of a network
  • How to implement WAN connections
  • How to maintain network security
  • Internet Protocol (IP)
  • Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2)
  • Access control lists (ACLs)
  • Ethernet
  • VLANs

Phoenix TS CCNA v1.0 (Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions)

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Works Cited

“Cert News: New Cisco Certifications Coming in 2020.” Cbtnuggets, 2019, www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/career/career-progression/cert-news-new-cisco-ccna-coming-in-2020.

Gardner, Joanna. “Meet the Updated CCNA: Same Great Credential, New Streamlines Process.” Cisco: The Cisco Learning Network, 2020, https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/s/blogs/a0D3i000003ZhvoEAC/meet-the-updated-ccna-same-great-credential-new-streamlined-process

“New 200-301 CCNA Certifiction for 2020 – All You Need to Know.” Imedita.com, 2019, www.imedita.com/blog/200-301-ccna-exam-updates/.

Odom, Wendell. “Exam Profile: Cisco 200 -301 .” Pearson , 2019, www.pearsonitcertification.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2982442.

Paul, Emily. “Top 5 Cisco Certifications in Demand.” Linkedin, 2017, www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-5-cisco-certifications-demand-emily-paul.

Zomaya, David. “Why Have a New CCNA?” Cbtnuggets, 2019, www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/certifications/cisco/why-have-a-new-ccna.

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