CCNA Certification Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How Long is the CCNA #200-120 Exam

A: The exam is scheduled for 90 minutes and has 50-60 questions on it

Q: What type of topics are covered 

A: The exam is closed book and no outside reference materials are allowed. The following topics are general guidelines for the content that is likely to be included on the practical exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the following guidelines may change at any time without notice.

  • 5% 1.0 Operation of IP Data Networks
  • 20% 2.0 LAN Switching Technologies
  • 5% 3.0 IP addressing (IPv4/IPv6)
  • 20% 4.0 IP Routing Technologies
  • 10% 5.0 IP Services
  • 10% 6.0 Network Device Security
  • 20% 7.0 Troubleshooting
  • 10% 8.0 WAN Technologies

Q: What is CCNA Routing and Switching and how is it different than CCNA?

A: CCNA Routing and Switching is the same certification as CCNA, however the curriculum and exams have been redesigned to align with changing job roles in routing and switching area and technology advancements. CCNA Routing and Switching hones your ability to perform critical new job tasks including how to:

  • Manage the latest IOS software running on the newest Cisco routers and switches
  • Configure and manage IPv6 addressing
  • Manage IOS Licensing
  • Perform more comprehensive troubleshooting

Q: What are the advantages in achieving CCNA Routing and Switching?

A: Having a CCNA Routing and Switching certification offers many advantages to the employee and employer. These include future-proofing and greater utilization of network capabilities resulting in increased employee productivity and an improved ROI on network investments. The employees get training on the newest hardware and software. So when the employers get an opportunity to upgrade their hardware and software, their employees will have the tools and skills to hit the ground running when new projects begin.

Q: I am currently a valid CCNA? How can I achieve CCNA Routing and Switching?

A: If you are currently a CCNA, you will automatically become a CCNA Routing and Switching in the Cisco database. You will receive your new CCNA Routing and Switching certificate upon recertification.

Q: Are the CCNA Routing and Switching exams changing?

A: Yes. The exams are changing to reflect the refresh of the CCNA curriculum. The current exams will end-of-life on September 30, 2013. In order for the current exams to apply towards the CCNA Routing and Switching, you must take and pass the exam or before September 30, 2013.

  • Exam 640-822 ICND1 is being replaced by 100-101 ICND1.
  • Exam 640-822 ICND1 will end-of-life on September 30, 2013.
  • Exam 640-816 ICND2 is being replaced by 200-101 ICND2.
  • Exam 640-816 ICND2 will end-of-life on September 30, 2013.
  • Exam 640-802 CCNA is being replaced by 200-120 CCNA.
  • Exam 640-802 CCNA will end-of-life on September 30, 2013.

Q: Why should I take the newer exam 100-101 ICND1?

A: The current 640-822 ICND1 exam will EOL on September 30, 2013. It is recommended that you begin with the newer curriculum and exam to train for and validate additional topics. This will help you better prepare for journey to achieve CCNA Routing and Switching or the CCNA concentration of your choice.

Q: Why should I take the newer exam 200-101 ICND2?

A: The current 640-816 ICND2 exam will EOL on September 30, 2013. It is recommended that you continue with the newer curriculum and exam better prepare to achieve CCNA Routing and Switching. These enhancements include support for IOS v15, Cisco Licensing, IPv6 and extensive troubleshooting and much more.

Q: How can I achieve CCENT certification?

A: If you want to achieve CCENT, then you should take the 100-101 ICND1 certification exam.

Q: I am new to CCNA Routing and Switching. Which exams should I take – current or newer?

A: If you are starting the CCNA Routing and Switching program, then you should take the newer exams.

Q: I have passed 640-822 ICND1 exam and have a valid CCENT. What are my career options to achieve an associate-level certification?

A: If you are a valid CCENT, then you need to pass just one more exam to achieve one of the following certifications:

  • Pass 640-816 ICND2 or 200-101 ICND2 and achieve CCNA Routing and Switching or
  • Pass 640-554 IINS and achieve CCNA Security or
  • Pass 640-722 IUWNE and achieve CCNA Wireless or
  • Pass 640-461 ICOMM and achieve CCNA Voice or
  • Pass 640-760 SSPO and achieve CCNA SP Operations.

Q: What are the recertification requirements for CCNA Routing and Switching?

A: The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is valid for three years at such time, you will need to recertify

Q: What are the differences between the current exam 640-822 ICND1 and the newer exam 100-101 ICND1?

A: To align with evolving job roles and technology refresh, some older topics have been removed and several new topics have been added to ICND1. Candidates will be tested on these additional topics in the newer exam 100-101 ICND1.

Q: What are the differences between the current exam 640-816 ICND2 and the newer exam 200-101 ICND2?

A: To align with evolving job roles and technology refresh, some older topics have been removed and several new topics have been added to ICND2. Candidates will be tested on these additional topics in the newer exam 200-101 ICND2.

Q: What are the differences between the current exam 640-802 CCNA and the newer exam 200-120 CCNA?

A: To align with evolving job roles and technology refresh, some older topics have been removed and several new topics have been added to CCNA exam. Candidates will be tested on these additional topics in the newer exam 200-120 CCNA.

Q: Can I mix and match the current exams with newer exams to achieve CCNA Routing and Switching?

A: Yes. You can mix current ICND1 exam with newer ICND2 exam or vice versa. However, you must note that to align with evolving job roles and technology refresh, several topics have been added to ICND1 and ICND2. Candidates will be tested on these topics in the newer exams.

Q: I recently passed ICND2 to achieve CCNA so that I can pursue a CCNA concentration such as CCNA Security? Now I understand ICND2 is no longer a pre-requisite for CCNA concentration. This does not seem fair to me.

A: If you passed ICND2 on your path to CCNA concentration, then you will have an advantage over others because you will achieve three certifications – CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, and CCNA concentration. Those who proceed to CCNA concentration after passing only ICND1 will have only two certifications – CCENT and CCNA concentration.

Q: Does passing the ICND1 and ICND2 recertify any other certifications?

A: Yes. Passing ICND1 will recertify CCENT. Passing ICND2 will recertify CCDA, CCNA Data Center, CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, CCNA SP, CCNA SP Ops, CCNA Video, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless

Q: What training is available to help me prepare for the new exams?

A: For instructor-led training,

  • For ICND1: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v2.0
  • For ICND2: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v2.0
  • For CCNA Composite: CCNAX v2.0

CCNA Voice Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements to achieve a CCNA Voice certification?

A: To achieve a CCNA Voice certification, a candidate must take and pass the ICOMM exam. Prior to taking the ICOMM exam, a candidate must take and pass the ICND1 exam.

CCNA Voice Exam #640-461: a ninety-minute exam, which tests a candidate’s knowledge of the architecture, components, functionalities, and features of Cisco Unified Communications solutions. It also tests the knowledge needed to perform tasks such as system monitoring, moves, additions and changes on Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Connection, and Cisco Unified Presence.

Q: Is a CCNA Routing and Switching a prerequisite for the CCNA Voice certification?

A: No. As of March 26, 2013, the prerequisite for the CCNA Voice exam (ICOMM) is a valid CCENT (ICND1) or any valid CCIE certification.

Q: If I have a valid CCENT and am studying to take the ICND2 exam, do I need to complete and pass the ICND2 exam before I can attempt the ICOMM exam?

A: No. As of March 26, 2013, the prerequisite for the CCNA Voice exam (ICOMM) is a valid CCENT (ICND1) or any valid CCIE certification.

Q: What are the benefits of the CCNA Voice certification prerequisites update for the certification candidates?

A: Candidates are able to meet the needs of the market by having the opportunity to achieve advanced technology certifications sooner. Network engineers can specialize in a chosen career path sooner.

Q: What are the benefits of the CCNA Voice certification prerequisites update for employers?

A: Employers are able to fill open Voice network engineering positions sooner with qualified candidates,

Q: What are the requirements to achieve a CCNA Wireless certification?

A: To achieve a CCNA Wireless certification, a candidate must take and pass the IUWNE exam. Prior to taking the IUWNE exam, a candidate must take and pass the ICND1 exam.

CCNA Wireless Exam #640-722: a ninety-minute exam, which tests a candidate’s knowledge of installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting small to medium-size WLANs.

Q: Is a CCNA Routing and Switching a prerequisite for the CCNA Wireless certification?

A: No. As of March 26, 2013, the prerequisite for the CCNA Wireless exam (IUWNE) is a valid CCENT (ICND1) or any valid CCIE certification.

Q: If I have a valid CCENT and am studying to take the ICND2 exam, do I need to complete and pass the ICND2 exam before I can attempt the IUWNE exam?

A: No. As of March 26, 2013, the prerequisite for the CCNA Wireless exam (IUWNE) is a valid CCENT (ICND1) or any valid CCIE certification.

Q: What are the benefits of the CCNA Wireless certification prerequisites update for the certification candidates?

A: Candidates are able to meet the needs of the market by having the opportunity to achieve advanced technology certifications sooner. Network engineers can specialize in a chosen career path sooner.

Q: What are the benefits of the CCNA Wireless certification prerequisites update for employers?

A: Employers are able to fill open wireless network engineering positions sooner with qualified candidates.

CCNA Security Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements to achieve a CCNA Security certification?

A: To achieve a CCNA Security certification, a candidate must take and pass the IINS exam. Prior to taking the IINS exam, a candidate must take and pass the ICND1 exam.

CCNA Security Exam #640-554: a ninety-minute exam, which tests a candidate’s knowledge of securing Cisco routers and switches and their associated networks. It validates skills for installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices and develops competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security infrastructure.

Q: Is a CCNA Routing and Switching a prerequisite for the CCNA Security certification?

A: No. As of March 26, 2013, the prerequisite for the CCNA Security exam (IINS) is a valid CCENT (ICND1) or any valid CCIE certification.

Q: If I have a valid CCENT and am studying to take the ICND2 exam, do I need to complete and pass the ICND2 exam before I can attempt the IINS exam?

A: No. As of March 26, 2013, the prerequisite for the CCNA Security exam (IINS) is a valid CCENT (ICND1) or any valid CCIE certification.

Q: What are the benefits of the CCNA Security certification prerequisites update for the certification candidates?

A: Candidates are able to meet the needs of the market by having the opportunity to achieve advanced technology certifications sooner. Network engineers can specialize in a chosen career path sooner.

Q: What are the benefits of the CCNA Security certification prerequisites update for employers?

A: Employers are able to fill open Security network engineering positions sooner with qualified candidates.

CCNA Data Center Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What jobs can I expect to be qualified for after earning the CCNA Data Center certification?

A: The CCNA Data Center certification is most frequently sought by data center professionals with one to three years of hands-on experience. A typical job title of those who have obtained or are currently seeking the CCNA Data Center certification is Data Center Network Administrator.

Q: What is the CCNA Data Center certification?

A: The CCNA Data Center certification is an associate-level certification that is valid for three years. This certification is a job-role–based certification for data center administrators. The courses and exams cover foundational data center concepts, including unified computing and unified fabric. The certification benefits data center professionals who want to save time and money on data center equipment design, installation, and maintenance. The CCNA Data Center certification program allows you to maximize your investment in your education and increase the value of your data center network.

The certification provides a solid foundation for your career in installing, configuring, and maintaining data centers. You can further expand your expertise in data centers with the CCNP Data Center certification and grow your career.

Q: How many exams do I need to pass to earn a CCNA Data Center certification?

A: The CCNA Data Center certification comprises two exams: Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking and Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies. These are 90-minute exams that include between 55 and 65 questions. The exams are available in English.

Q: What will I learn by preparing for the CCNA Data Center exams?

A: The 640-911 DCICN Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of networking technologies as they relate to Cisco Data Centers, and focuses on the Nexus-OS operating system. Unified computing and unified fabric (Nexus product family and Storage Networking) are also covered.

The 640-916 DCICT Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of data center technologies like virtualization, computing, and convergent I/O.

Q: How do I prepare for a CCNA Data Center exam?

A: Attend the two authorized training sessions DCICN and DCICT

Q: How do I recertify my CCNA Data Center certification?

A: Three years before the certification expiration date, accomplish one of the following:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (Wireless, or Security, or Voice, Service Provider, or Service Provider Operations,) or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco Telepresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), or
    • Pass any current CCIE written exam, or
    • Pass any current CCIE lab exam, or
    • Pass the current CCDE written exam, or
    • Pass the current CCDE practical exam, or
    • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.

Q: What prerequisites are required to attain a CCNA Data Center certificate?

A: There are no prerequisites required for this certification.

Q: When are the CCNA Data Center exams given?

A: CCNA Data Center exams are given as needed. Check the Pearson VUE website to locate a testing center near you and schedule your exam: http://www.vue.com/cisco/

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