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CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Association) is an IT associate level certification from Cisco systems. One of the most popular certified courses globally which provide more opportunities for your career.

As you all might be aware that over the years, Cisco has launched several certification courses and CCNA is one of them, evolving with the growing industry, Cisco exams have changed many times in response to the changing IT trends.

The study material of the exams is the first preference. Cisco and its learning partners offer a variety of various training methods, including books, online and classroom courses available under the title “Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices”.

On 10th June 2019, CISCO announced an upgrade of CCNA 200-125 certification into CCNA 200-301 from 24th Feb 2020. It has designed with the objective of responding to the labour roles required in IT areas. The newly designed program is very effective and has an excellent scope in the future. The full name of the course CCNA200-301 is ‘Implement and administrating Cisco Networking Technologies’.

CCNA 200-125 is the current certification course which identify the components of a computer network and describe their basic characteristics. To be a CISCO certified professional as of today, a candidate need to qualify either one 200-125 CCNA composite exam.

Old CCNA 200 - 125

As per the current CCNA certification there were various types of domains which include Routing and Switching,   Collaboration, Data centre technologies, Cloud, service provides, wireless, Industrial plants but now new certification will cover security fundamentals, network fundamental, Automation and programmability.

Where else the upgraded course CCNA 200-301 has some changes in the curriculum.

New Curriculum include-

  • Network Fundamentals– routers, switches, cabling, TCP and UDP, IPv4 and IPv6
  • IP Connectivity– IP routing, OSPFv2
  • Network Access– VLAN’s and trunking, Ether Channel
  • IP Services– NTP, DCHP, QOS, SNMP
  • Automation and Programmability– REST APIs, Puppet, Chef, SDN


Topics removed from the new exam “200–301”

  • OSI
  • IOS licensing
  • VTP
  • RIP
  • IOS upgrades
  • eBGP
  • Most WAN topics (serial, PPP, MPLS, Metro Ethernet)


Topics added to the new exam “200–301”

  • Overlay, Underlay, Fabric, DNA Center
  • Wireless LANs
  • Ansible, Puppet, Chef
  • Security Architectures
  • JSON, structured data, REST
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection and DHCP Snooping

The new CCNA has various upgradations and is totally different from the earlier, because in current CCNA you were bound to choose from the different tracks and if you wished to opt a different track, you should have basic information about the particular track you switch to.

CCNA 200-301 course will give you a vast range of fundamental skills and latest knowledge for all IT careers. Through a combination of videos, hands-on labs, and workbook, you will learn how to install, configure, operate and verify. It will also give you a rooting in software-defined networking, network programmability, and automation.

Although there are no such requirements required before opting the course, but a candidate should have

  • basis knowledge related to computer literacy
  • PC operating system
  • navigating skills
  • IP address knowledge
  • Interest usage skills.

Focusing on the demand and growing technology, Industries are looking for the candidate with new skills and knowledge of latest technology. The new CCNA 200-301 is enough to solidify the networking concepts and give you a base to scale up with next level competition and fly high your career in networking domain. The main objective of the certification to provide knowledge and combining it into single course.

One of the crucial facts why new CCNA course dominate current CCNA is because of less study with more defined and updated concept.

“Wendell Odom says CCNA 200-301 is about 25% smaller than the current course.”

Course will prepare you for the certification exam and to work with small-to-medium size networks. Moreover, being one of the popular course it will help you regarding your salary increment too.

The reviews of the certification changes are varying, and the reason why Cisco has given some time to the current learners to complete the reputed Cisco IT certification credentials based on their study and preparation status because it’s certainly not easy to adjust with the new curriculum immediately.

It is a single exam, consisting of 120 questions which cover a brief knowledge about the area discussed in the above context. The validation of CISCO Certified credential is of three years. However, if you’re currently preparing for CCNA 200-221 you can complete your course till 24th Feb and you’ll be given the new CCNA certification, plus a ‘badge’ indicating your area of specialization.

When you complete this certification, you will be prepared for higher level Cisco certifications such as CCNP and CCIE.

To retain their certification one should maintain the following:

  • Pass any one Associate exam
  • Pass any one technology core exam
  • Pass any one professional concentration exam
  • Pass one CCIE lab exam


When you finish your CCNA training, you become a good competitor and eligible to apply with renowned companies for positions such as:

  1. Network Admin
  2. Network Consultants
  3. Network Support Engineer
  4. Network Engineer