Cisco recently redesigned Associate-Level Certifications – CCNA to CCNA Routing and Switching to support generation-next IT job roles. With the changing business requirement and to meet market demand Cisco maintained its commitment and revamped new job-ready certification as CCNA Routing and Switching Certification.
The new CCNA Routing and Switching Certification validates the ability of IT professionals to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. Current holder of CCNA Certification (either with a single-exam path that includes exam #640-801 or two-exam path that includes exam #640-821 & #640-811) will needs to validate their certification. But Kindly note that it is not compulsory for you to write the new CCNA exam now, but it is very advisable to start studying and preparing for it before the expiration date of your current certification.
Wants to know more about the old CCNA, Kindly read this: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Exam Tips and Preparation
Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching Training
According to my research and close study of the curriculum on Cisco official website, The Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching training curriculum is meant to teaches comprehensive networking concepts and skills, from network applications to the protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network.
Students progress from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum. The CCNA Routing and Switching training is designed for students who are seeking entry-level jobs in the ICT industry or hope to fulfill prerequisites to pursue more specialized ICT skills.
CCNA Routing and Switching certification programs provides extensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, with plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on practical experience and develop career skills.
I am not going to recommend any training center for you, but ensure that any IT centre you wish to attend/study for this course is ready to take you through a series of hands-on and simulated activities that reinforce learning.
Preparing For The Exams
With the new updation in CCNA to CCNA Routing and Switching, I found out that the content that’s getting a reboot (New updates to the previous exam curriculum) only makes up about 25 percent of the test. The other 75 percent of the exam still covers the same core technologies and features that we are already aware of. Recommend You To Read: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Exam Tips and Preparation
Customize studying technique is something that one should use. It is best to prepare the way it works for you:
- Best way is to take official training from Official Learning partners of Cisco.
- You may also go for some self-study along with the training programs by the experts, beneficial for some experience holders. You can search through google or visit Cisco official website to get a self study material. (Self-study works well when coupled with considerable practice on Cisco’s IOS. For most people at the CCNA level, using a product like GNS3 combined with computer-based training is an excellent approach.)
- During your preparation for the CCNA Routing and Switching exams, make sure you understand the fundamentals:
- 1. IP subnetting
- 2. Addressing
- 3. and Basic routing, before looking at other topics.
- Regardless of the 25% changes to these exams i stated earlier, the fundamentals will always be covered, so kindly make sure you work well with the curriculum.
- For most of the tests that Cisco offers, cramming isn’t a useful option and should be avoided.
- One should go through all of the topics in IOS and learn them, configure them and figure out how and why they work.
- Cisco IOS is generally a well-documented OS. Cisco also has a very active certification support community that can provide specific advice as issues arise. So try as much as possible to make GOOGLE your friend.
- Preparing for any test can be stressful and Cisco’s CCNAs are no exception. No matter how much studying you’ve done, it won’t be of much use if you’re tired or distracted.
- You need to build your speed in doing simulations. In the exam, simulations can make or mar your efforts. To prepare well you need to have access to simulators or real routers.
- In the end, the best thing you can do to prepare is to get plenty of sleep and go into your exams as relaxed and confident as possible.
Exams Required To Get Certified
There are no prerequisites for CCNA Routing and Switching certification, Candidates have two paths to approach CCNA Routing and Switching certification:
- A single-exam path that includes exam #200-120 CCNA or
- A two-exam path that includes exam #100-101 ICND1 and exam #200-101 ICND2
Self-Study Materials & Guide
The following resources are suggested study materials:
- Member Led Study Sessions
- Cisco Demos the Cisco Learning Labs
- Cisco Demos E-Learning
- IPv6 Explained with Cisco Press Author Wendell Odom
A comprehensive list of study materials is also available HERE
My Dear Reader
Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.
For most of the tests that Cisco offers, cramming isn’t a useful option and should be avoided, In the exam, simulations can make or mar your efforts. To prepare well you need to have access to simulators or real routers.
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