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Changes in CCNA Certification Tracks | New Associate Level Cisco CCNA Certification Program will Introduced from Feb 2020

Technology has been transforming and as an industry pioneer, Cisco is ready to unleash the full capabilities of new network. They understand the importance of skills and knowledge required to work with new era technology, so they are changing their certifications to next level certifications.

As we know interconnection of software, networking and infrastructure are growing day by day where you need to update yourself with new networking technology. Cisco certified network associate (CCNA) certification can take you on the next level with combination of networking technologies, automation, security and programmability.

IT professionals who are related to Cisco industry feels that there are huge changes in CCNA certification tracks coming in next year as Cisco has announced.

Now Cisco is coming with only one CCNA exam instead of choosing different tracks from Routing and Switching, Security, Data Center, Wireless, Service Provider, Collaboration, Industrial and Cloud. In today’s scenario, individuals choose one of the tracks from Cisco CCNA in which they want to turn their career but now only one Cisco CCNA certification exam will validate your broad range of basic skills of networking (will effective from 24th Feb 2020).

The Cisco CCNA exam will cover each fundamental topic such as network fundamentals, network access, IP services, IP connectivity, security fundamentals, network automation and programmability. This exam and certification is based on latest technology and job roles which make your foundation strong in networking and you can turn your career direction.

Let’s us understand current Associate level CCNA tracks and next level CCNA exam.

Current CCNA Tracks Next Level CCNA (Will effective from 24th Feb 2020)
CCNA Routing and Switching

Required Exam: 200-125 CCNA or 100-105 ICND1 AND 200-105 ICND2


           Required Exam: 200-301 CCNA

CCNA Security

Required Exam: 210-260 IINS

CCNA Collaboration

Required Exam: 210-060 CICD and 210-065 CIVND

CCNA Service Provider

Required Exam: 640-875 SPNGN1 and 640-878 SPNGN2

CCNA Data Center

Required Exam: 200-150 DCICN and 200-155 DCICT

CCNA Cloud

Required Exam: 210-451 CLDFND and 210-455 CLDADM

CCNA Industrial

Required Exam: 200-601 IMINS2

CCNA Wirless

Required Exam: 200-355 WIFUND


Now let us understand through image

                                Associate level CCNA certification


Check Cisco Next Level Certification Changes here:

Above you can see, comprehensive CCNA program will offer wide range of benefits to the individuals which cover wide range of fundamentals for successful IT career based on advanced networking technologies, software development skills and knowledge and job roles.

How you can earn CCNA certification?

The Cisco CCNA training program offers you technical skills and knowledge required to implement and administer wide range of latest and advanced networking and IT infrastructure. CCNA certification might be your career launch pad and CCNA training will help you to achieve this certification.


200 – 301 CCNA (Required exam which will be effect from 24th Feb 2020)


There are no formal prerequisite for CCNA exam but individuals should have good understanding of exam topics.

  • Candidates should have one year of working experience in networking industry
  • They should have good knowledge of IP addressing
  • Good understanding of networking basics


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CCNA Certification: A Foundation That Networking Career Build Upon

CCNA certification is known as associate level of Cisco certification from where your networking career will start. It opens the door of your successful networking career, so it is called a foundation level of pillar on which you can build your successful networking career.

CCNA certification will give associate level knowledge of installation, operations and troubleshoot of enterprise network.

There are different certification courses in associate level:

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

Basically CCNA Routing and Switching (CCNA R&S) certification is the associate level of certification from where you can start your successful networking career. This is the certification which makes you ready to adopt your next level of skills and certification in IT industry.


CCNA Routing & Switching Certification


Career Options for CCNA R&S Certified Engineers:

From here you can get professional level of Cisco certification (CCNP) and expert level of Cisco certification (CCIE) in routing and switching. You can also move forward to core skills to technologies like Cloud, Data Center, Wireless, Collaboration and Security. All depends on you in which direction you are interested to go.

CCNA Routing and Switching Exams:

200 – 125 CCNA (90 minutes) (60 – 70 questions)


100 – 105 ICND1 (90 minutes) (45 – 55 questions)

and 200 – 105 ICND2  (90 minutes) (45 – 55 questions)


Exam Topics of 200 – 125 CCNA:

This exams tests your skills about fundamental knowledge of networks (15%), LAN switching technologies (21%), WAN technology (10%), IPV4 and IPV6 routing technology (23%), security of infrastructures (11%), services of infrastructures (10%) and infrastructure management (10%).

Topics of 100 – 105 ICND1 Exam (CCENT certification):

This exam tests your skills about network fundamentals (20%), LAN switching (26%), routing technologies (25%), and service of infrastructures (15%) and maintenance of infrastructures (14%).

Topics of 200 – 105 ICND2  Exam:

LAN switching technology (26%), Routing technology (29%), WAN technology (16%), infrastructures services (14%) and maintenance of infrastructures (15%).

You need to pass one of the above exams to get CCNA R&S certification. Either you can pass 200 – 125 CCNA exam or you can pass in 100 – 105 ICND1 first and then 200 – 105 ICND2 exam.



There is no prerequisite for CCNA routing and switching certification. Only CCENT certification is recommended.

After Certification: After getting CCNA R&S certification you will be able to install, operate and troubleshoot the small to medium level of enterprise network.


Cisco CCNA R&S


Certification Validity:

CCNA Routing and Switching certification is valid for 3 years from the date of certification issue.

Job profiles after CCNA R&S certification:

  • Network Engineer
  • Technical Support engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Security Associate
  • Network Support Engineer

Approx Salary Package after CCNA Routing and Switching Certification in India:

CCNA R&S certified engineers may get salary package from 2,50,000 INR to 6,00,000 INR in India. This is not exact values of salary package but this is only estimated values. It may be change depending on your skills level and company profiles.

Why CCNA Certification:

  • It is the foundation of your successful networking career
  • It opens the various doors of your different networking certifications
  • It gives the opportunity to get move forward in your career by professional level and expert level of Cisco certifications.
  • Your certification will give you better salary hike in your organization

Re-certification gives the best opportunity to get growth in your career.