As most of you are already aware, the CCNA is no longer a pre-requisite to other certifications within Cisco’s certification paths. I am discouraged by the amount of people saying they will only take the minimum requirement of CCENT before moving onto other certification because ICND2/CCNA is too hard! Sure it is hard, but I believe that the foundation is key to success! I am disappointed in Cisco for not making the CCNA a pre-requisite.

Take a look at the changes below.  I think people will be surprised when they take the CCENT. The CCENT is no longer an entry level certification!

Take the test before September 30th to get certified with the current exam. The new exam starts in October!

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Topics Removed from the ICND1 Exam:

  • Securing the Network
  • Understanding the Challenges of Shared LANs
  • Solving Network Challenges with Switched LAN Technologies
  • Wireless LANs
  • Using Cisco SDM
  • Configuring Serial Encapsulation
  • Enabling RIP

Topics Added to the ICND1 Exam:

  • Implementing VLSM
  • Scaling the Network with NAT and PAT
  • Managing Traffic Using ACLs
  • Implementing VLANs and Trunks
  • Routing Between VLANs
  • Implementing single area OSPF
  • Introducing Basic IPv6
  • Understanding IPv6
  • Configuring IPv6 Routing

Topics Removed from the ICND2 Exam:

  • Routing Between VLANs
  • Securing the Expanded Network
  • Implementing VLSM
  • Scaling the Network with NAT and PAT

Topics Added to the ICND2 Exam:

  • Troubleshooting VLAN Connectivity
  • Understand Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Understand and configure Etherchannel
  • Understand Layer 3 Redundancy Protocols
  • Troubleshooting IPv4 Network Connectivity