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Understanding Cisco Certifications

Whether you are an experienced network professional or just starting a career in technology, Cisco training and certifications open up new IT networking career opportunities.

Start with New Horizons Cisco-authorized training and then explore the multiple certification paths depending on your job role and level of experience.

There are multiple levels of Cisco IT certifications. Associate level credentials are the foundation level of networking certifications. The next step is Professional level for more advanced certifications that cover different technologies and job roles. Choose one or more Cisco career specializations and match your job role with specific technical expertise and enhance your core networking knowledge in technologies such as security data center, or network programmability.

Career Certification Poster

View or download Cisco's Career Certification poster here

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification is ideal for an entry-level Cisco technician who can install, maintain, and troubleshoot a small Cisco network.

With CCENT certification training at New Horizons Des Moines, the student will learn:

  • Building a simple network
  • Establishing Internet Connectivity
  • Managing Network Device Security
  • Building a Medium-sized Network
  • Introducing IPv6 ICND1 Super Lab
!Prerequisites
  • None

Step 2

Take These Exams

ICND1
Cisco Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1

Step 3

Earn These Certifications

Cisco CCENT

CCNA Routing and Switching

Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching certification demonstrates your knowledge to deploy, maintain, secure and operate a medium-sized network using Cisco technologies.

To earn your CCNA Routing and Switching you can either take a single exam or two exams.

!Prerequisites
  • Valid CCENT or any CCIE certification

Step 2

Take These Exams

Single Exam

200-125 CCNA® v3.0

Two Exams

100-105 ICND1 v3.0

200-105 ICND2 v3.0

Step 3

Earn These Certifications

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

CCNA Security

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security certification proves your skills to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats

!Prerequisites
  • CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching or CCIE

Step 1

Take This Course

Recommended Courses

Cisco® Implementing Cisco® Network Security v3.0 (IINS)

Step 2

Take This Exam

210-260
(IINS)

Step 3

Earn This Certification

CCNA Security

CCNA Cloud

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Cloud certification proves your skills to perform entry-level provisioning and support of Cisco cloud solutions.

!Prerequisites
  • No Prerequisites

Step 2

Take These Exams

201-451
CLDFND

210-455
CLDADM

Step 3

Earn This Certification

CCNA Cloud

CCNA Collaboration

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Collaboration certification proves your skills with the convergence of voice, video, data and mobile applications.

!Prerequisites
  • No Prerequisites

Step 2

Take These Exams

210-060
CICD

210-065
CIVND

Step 3

Earn This Certification

CCNA Collaboration

CCNA Data Center

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Data Center certification proves your skills in data center network design, implementation, and maintenance.

!Prerequisites
  • No Prerequisites

Step 2

Take These Exams

640-911
DCICN

640-916
DCICT

Step 3

Earn This Certification

CCNA Data Center

CCNA Service Provider

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Service Provider certification proves your skills to deploy, maintain and improve carrier-grade network infrastructures

!Prerequisites
  • No Prerequisites

Step 2

Take These Exams

640-875
SPNGN1

640-878
SPNGN2

Step 3

Earn This Certification

CCNA Service Provider

CCNA Wireless

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Wireless certification proves your basic Cisco Wireless LAN’s configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting and support skills for optimal performance of Cisco Wireless networks.

!Prerequisites
  • CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching OR CCIE

Step 2

Take This Exam

200-355
WIFUND

Step 3

Earn This Specialization

CCNA WIRELESS

CCNA Design

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Design certification proves your skills on design methodologies and objectives, addressing and routing protocols, and network expansion considerations within basic campus, data center, security, voice, and wireless networks.

!Prerequisites
  • CCENT,CCNA Routing and Switching, or CCIE

Step 2

Take This Exam

200-DESGN

Step 3

Earn This Certification

CCNA Design

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

After achieving your CCNA Routing and Switching certification you are ready to take the next step and earn your CCNP in one or more specialty areas, including Routing & Switching, Design, Security, Wireless or Voice.

Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching

The Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching certification is ideal for Cisco professionals who specialize in Cisco routing and switching technologies, and validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions.

!Prerequisites
  • CCNA or CCIE

Step 2

Take These Exams

300-101
ROUTE (v 2.0)

300-115
SWITCH (v 2.0)

300-135
TSHOOT (v 2.0)

Step 3

Earn This Certification

Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching

CISCO CCNP Security

The Cisco CCNP Security certification program is for Cisco engineers responsible for Security in Routers, Switches, Networking devices and appliances, as well as choosing, deploying, supporting and troubleshooting Firewalls, VPNS, and IDS/IPS solutions for their networking environments.

!Prerequisites
  • CCNA or CCIE

CISCO CCNP Collaboration

The Cisco CCNP Collaboration certification is ideal for Cisco professionals who want to develop advanced collaboration skills designing, deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting Cisco Collaboration and Unified communications applications, devices and networks

!Prerequisites
  • CCNA Collaboration or any CCIE certification

CISCO CCNP Data Center

The Cisco CCNP Data Center certification allows you to choose a concentration for your data center education according to specific needs.

!Prerequisites
  • CCNA Data Center or any CCIE certification

Step 2

Take These Exams

642-999
DCUCI

642-997
DCUFI

And

642-998
DCUCD

642-996
DCUFD

Or

642-035
DCUCT

642-980
DCUFT

Step 3

Earn This Certification

CISCO CCNP Data Center

CISCO CCDP

The Cisco CCDP certification is ideal for Cisco Senior Network Design Engineers, Principle System Engineer, Network/Solution Architects and CCDA professionals looking to build upon your fundamental Cisco network design expertise the Cisco CCDP certification program focuses on advanced addressing and routing protocols, WANs, services virtualization, and integration strategies for multi-layered Enterprise architectures.

!Prerequisites
  • CCDA, CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE

Step 2

Take These Exams

300-101
ROUTE

300-115
SWITCH

300-320
ARCH

Step 3

Earn This Certification

CISCO CCDP

CISCO CCNP Wireless

The Cisco CCNP Wireless certification addresses the need for designing, implementing, and operating Cisco Wireless networks and mobility infrastructures.

!Prerequisites
  • CCNA Wireless or any CCIE
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Benefits of Learning Cisco Technologies

Networks continue to evolve into a complex array of devices and systems. Cisco technologies are the worldwide authority in computer networking and have become the widespread choice to streamline and protect these networks. Because of this, Cisco training is becoming increasingly valuable.

Those with Cisco training demonstrate:

  • Higher productivity
  • Fewer errors
  • Improved speed, depth, and quality of all customer interactions
  • Knowledge to build an effective workforce

Cisco Training at New Horizons Des Moines

Whether you are new to Cisco, or ready to advance your existing skills, New Horizons Des Moines provides the necessary training to achieve Cisco certification.

Our hands-on lab environments allow students to experience real-life scenarios during their Cisco training that can easily carry over to on-the-job skills.

As a Cisco-Authorized training partner, New Horizons Des Moines is a trusted training provider of Cisco technologies. Contact us at 515-226-3265 to get started today!

Benefits of Cisco Certifications

For Businesses:

If you have invested in Cisco technologies, then Cisco training and certification:

  • Provides the right skills to ease into deployment
  • Grants abilities to use your Cisco products to their highest potential
  • Allows you to get the most out of your IT investment
  • Lowers downtime as skilled technicians handle issues when they arise
  • Increases customer satisfaction as problems are solved quickly

For Individuals:

  • Cisco certification demonstrates your Cisco expertise
  • Certified Cisco networking specialists are highly recognized and sought after
  • Certified employees are able to command a higher salary
  • Certified Cisco networking specialists hold the knowledge to succeed

 Cisco Learning Credits

Training with Cisco Learning Credits

Through our partnership with Cisco, New Horizons Des Moines offers Cisco learning credits to help organizations save on training with pre-paid credit bundles.

With the integration of Cisco training into your network solution, your team becomes more efficient, granting your business a competitive advantage.

Cisco Learning Credits may be purchased with any Cisco hardware, software, or services order, or they may be purchased on their own. They are sold in packs of 10, 100, 500 and 1500 and each credit is worth $100 towards training at New Horizons Des Moines.

Contact us at 515-226-3265 or sales.desmoines@newhorizons.com to learn more.

Benefits of Cisco Learning Credits

  • Secure and establish your Cisco training budget up front
  • Increase administration efficiency as fewer purchase orders are generated for training
  • Upgrade your team with authorized Cisco training
  • Realize a fast return on your Cisco investment
  • Increase overall productivity and network uptime
  • Easily monitor Cisco training history and progress
  • Use credits for Cisco live events

Are you a Cisco Customer?

You can now earn Cisco Learning Credits with the Cisco Customer Loyalty Program. Reward points are assigned based on purchase of Cisco products and services. 100 loyalty points is equivalent to 1 learning credit.

To learn more about Cisco Learning Credits visit www.Cisco.com/Go/LearningCredits

New Cisco Certifications 2020

*** Just announced at Cisco Live 2019 – New Cisco Certification Track coming February 2020. ***

Cisco announced a significant evolution of their certification tracks, set to release February 24, 2020. These changes will address the needs of the modern network, requiring both infrastructure and software expertise. This is Cisco’s biggest change to certifications in 25 years. New recommended training courses will be released in the coming months ahead of the new certification releases.

Summary of Changes:

  • New DevNet track of certification across all levels
  • CCENT entry level cert is being retired
  • CCNA will be consolidated to one certification, requiring one exam
  • CCNP will have only five concentration areas, requiring TWO exams
  • Specialist Level is earned after the first exam in a CCNP track
  • CCIE will require 2 exams, the first being a CCNP exam, the other a CCIE lab exam
  • New courses will roll out over the next 6 months, aligned with the new certifications
  • Recertification requirement will now be every 3 years

Have questions? Download the Cisco 2020 Certifications FAQ today!

Cisco Certification Roadmap

Learn more about Cisco Certification changes

The current Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) will be retired. At the Associate level will be the new CCNA, which will validate a broad range of foundational knowledge and skills. It will have just one exam covering networking and security fundamentals, as well as automation and programmability. Previously, CCNA candidates typically had to take multiple exams to earn one of 10 different CCNA certifications. The new CCNA exam (#200-301) is scheduled to go live Feb. 24, 2020. The new CCNA will replace these current certifications:

  • CCNA Cloud
  • CCNA Collaboration
  • CCNA Cyber Ops
  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCDA Design
  • CCNA Industrial
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Service Provider
  • CCNA Wireless

There will be a new course coming out for CCNA, expected this summer, which will cover the foundations now covered in both ICND1 and ICND2, while the more advanced info in both of those courses will be moving to the new CCNP level courses, expected to release prior to February 2020.

There will be six CCIE tracks, and they no longer have dedicated CCIE written exams. Instead, candidates must pass the CCNP core exam and then take the 8-hour CCIE lab in the concentration of choice. For instance, to earn the CCIE Security you’d have to pass the CCNP Security core exam (SCOR 300-701) and then sit for the 8-hour lab, CCIE Security v6.0. That’s consistent across all the new CCIEs with the exception of CCIE Enterprise.

In the case of the Enterprise track, you have two options: CCIE Enterprise Wireless and CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure. Both of these tracks adopt the CCNP Enterprise exam (ENCOR 300-401) as their written exam, and then diverge at the lab requirement. They each have a dedicated lab requirement specific to the track: CCIE Enterprise Wireless v1.0 and CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure v1.0. Here’s the complete list of the new CCIEs:

  • CCIE Enterprise Wireless
  • CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure
  • CCIE Security
  • CCIE Service Provider
  • CCIE Collaboration
  • CCIE Data Center

Most CCNP certifications will also be retiring. Right now, networking professionals start a specialization track at the CCNA level. For example, CCNA Security leads to CCNP Security. However, after February 24, 2020, the one CCNA exam (200-301 CCNA) will cover networking basics and then you specialize at the CCNP level. You will be required to pass 2 exams: a core exam and one concentration exam. Here’s the complete list of the new CCNPs:

  • CCNP Enterprise
  • CCNP Security
  • CCNP Service Provider
  • CCNP Collaboration
  • CCNP Data Center
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional

Passing any one of these exams will earn you the Cisco Certified Specialist title in that concentration.
Passing the second exam will earn you the CCNP in that focus area.

Cisco is launching a new certification track — DevNet. The DevNet track will combine programming (primarily with Python) and infrastructure. There will be four levels to the DevNet track:

  • Cisco Certified DevNet Associate (CCNA-level)
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Specialist
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional (CCNP-level)
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Expert (CCIE-level) – Coming soon

These tracks follow the same conventions as the other five tracks. You can either take the associate-level core exam to get certified at the CCNA level, pass one exam to become a Specialist, or take two exams to earn the professional-level certification.