Cisco Evolves Associate-Level Certifications, Redesigns CCNA Routing and Switching Certification to Support Next-Generation Job

Cisco Evolves Associate-Level Certifications, Redesigns CCNA Routing and 
Switching Certification to Support Next-Generation Job Roles 
Certification and Training Updates Meet Market Demand for Networking
Talent Aligned With Changing Business Requirements 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/26/13 --  Continuing its
commitment to deliver job-ready training, best practices and the most
up-to-date information on the latest networking solutions, Cisco
(NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced a redesign of the Cisco(R)
associate-level certification programs and the evolution of the
CCNA(R) certification to CCNA Routing and Switching certification. 
While more than 99 percent of things in the physical world today are
still not connected to the Internet, the phenomenon called "the
Internet of Everything" will soon wake up everything imaginable. As
the network evolves and changes, becoming more sophisticated, the job
roles of network engineers also continue to change. The CCNA Routing
and Switching refresh aligns certification and training curricula
with evolving industry job roles and provides the skills that
networking professionals need to successfully manage cutting-edge
network solutions. 
Key Facts 

--  The redesign enables the associate-level concentration certifications
    such as CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Voice, CCNA Security, CCNA
    Wireless, CCNA SP Operations and CCDA(R) to better align with the
    industry job roles of today and the future.
--  Specifically for the CCENT(R) and CCNA Routing and Switching
    certifications, Cisco has redesigned the training curriculum for the
    ICND1, ICND2 and CCNAX exams and has introduced new exams for ICND1,
    ICND2 and CCNA Composite. The updates include comprehensive
    troubleshooting, technologies such as IPv6, and updated software on
    Cisco routers and switches.
--  With the associate-level program redesign, candidates now need to pass
    only two exams to achieve advanced technology certifications in an
    accelerated manner with the right job skills. These certifications
    --  CCNA Routing and Switching
    --  CCNA Security
    --  CCNA Voice
    --  CCNA Wireless
    --  CCNA SP Operations
--  The following certifications currently require two exams:
    --  CCNA Data Center
    --  CCNA Video
    --  CCNA Service Provider
    --  CCNA SP Operations
--  For CCDA certification, a valid CCENT certification will be a
    prerequisite beginning October 1, 2013. Basic knowledge of routing and
    switching is becoming increasingly essential to meet the industry job
    role requirements of a CCDA.

Supporting Quotes 

--  Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager at
    Learning@Cisco, said: "We are entering a new realm: the Internet of
    Everything, where things will gain context awareness, increased
    processing power and greater sensing abilities as everything is
    connected to the network. The network drives productivity. The network
    provides the services you need when you need them. As business
    solutions evolve, the network evolves and grows in its complexity. It
    has gotten to the point where basic knowledge of networking
    fundamentals is no longer sufficient. Now, network professionals have
    to understand networking systems with integrated security, wireless,
    voice capabilities and data center as well as business applications.
    At Cisco, we are committed to meeting the highest standards for
    learning programs and delivering the best certification programs
    possible. The evolution of the CCNA Routing and Switching
    certification will provide learners with skills and knowledge that are
    in demand today, adding substantial value for themselves and their
--  Tobias Caldwell, lead network engineer, Gap Inc., said: "After
    securing my CCNA certification, I was in a position to guide Gap
    network engineering projects, not just support them. What I like about
    the Cisco certifications path is that you really learn to think about
    how they are relevant. It's not just 'this is a Cisco router, and this
    is how you configure it.' It very much goes into 'this is why it's
    done this way.' It is critical to stay up-to-date with the latest
    technologies in order to remain relevant in a fast moving industry. I
    am confident the new CCNA Routing and Switching validates the skills
    necessary to support today and tomorrow's advanced networks."


--  The new exams and training will be available March 26, 2013.
    Candidates can register for the exams through Pearson VUE, the primary
    test delivery partner for Cisco. Training courses are offered by Cisco
    Learning Partners, the only authorized source for Cisco IT training
    delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors.

Supporting Resources 

--  Find out more about the redesigned associate-level certification
    program and training products today at:
--  Cisco will continue to offer instructor-led training curriculum
    delivered through their authorized learning partners in order to help
    candidates prepare for the new exams.
--  Three self-study products are now available on the Cisco Learning
    Network Store for the all-new Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching
    certification: Cisco Learning Labs for ICND1 v2.0, Cisco Certification
    Practice Exam for ICND1 (100-101), and the introduction of Cisco
    E-Learning for ICND1 v2.0. In addition, labs, practice exams and
    e-learning for ICND2 v2.0 are expected to be released on the Cisco
    Learning Network Store in late May 2013.
--  Cisco Press has a comprehensive suite of official products to enhance
    classroom study or self-study exam preparation. New products include:
    --  Foundation and Certification Guide books and eBooks
    --  Premium Edition eBooks & Practice Tests
    --  Video Tutorials
    --  Network Simulators
--  Visit for more information.
--  Watch: Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn: Staying Ahead of the Curve - CCNA Refresh
    Provides Next Gen Skills

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