Cisco Introduces Entry-Level Cert, Makes Changes to CCNA

Cisco has announced the addition of an entry-level certification, Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT), along with revisions to its CCNA associate-level certification.

The required exam for CCENT is ICND1 640-822, and the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1, course is recommended.

The required exams for CCNA are either ICND1 640-822 and ICND2 640-816 or the CCNA 640-802 composite exam. Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Parts 1 and 2, are recommended courses for CCNA.

The CCNA curriculum has been revised to include more networking topics and focus on performance-based skills.

This new level of investment is in recognition of the speed at which networking is growing, said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Cisco senior director of product and technology marketing.

“As we look at the talent pool that’s out there to support the growth of the networking industry, we’re definitely running into some constraints,” Beliveau-Dunn said. “We have partners and customers out there trying to hire talent, and they’re not able to fulfill all their needs, and of course, it only gets worse as the market keeps growing. So, what we’re trying to do is make some major investments to reshape the whole learning environment and get it thinking forward not just to what today’s careers and jobs are but hopefully setting them up for the future.”

Toward that end, with the introduction of CCENT and the latest revamp of the CCNA program, Cisco intends to develop IT professionals who are in their first three…



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