Detailed list of changes in ICND1 and ICND2!

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


  1. can you please clarify if these changes going to affect me, I am preparing for the CCNA EXAMS before September 2013. thanks

    • If you pass before 9/30, you’re fine!

    • I’m reading your latest CCNA STUDY GUIDE BOOK, will that be enough to pass the exam?

      • That depends. The answer depends on your background in networking. If you’ve worked in the field for 3-5 years and have been configuring routers and swtiches, then yes, you can study the book and pass.
        However, if you don’t have years of hands-on expereince, then no, you’ll need more practice and material to supplement your studies.

  2. Dear Todd,
    I want to Know How much time is required to Clearing CCNA. I want to go for composite CCNA i.e. 640-802,for that i have to read both ICND 1 and ICND 2 or ICND 2 only.

    • depends on your background. 3-6 months of self study is normal, or my class is 2 weeks long.

      • Which Book OF Cisco Press Either For ICND 1 Or ICND2 is needed for qualify Composite CCNA 640-802.IS Cisco Press Book reading required along with yours SYBEX book?

        • Use my Sybex CCENT book and CCNA book.

          • Is Your Sybex CCNA 7th edition is not enough for qualifying CCNA 640-802?
            I am Planning for CCNA R & S i.e.640-802,for that i have need to read CCENT book?

          • You can start wtih the CCENT book, the go into the 7th edition. that is the best path.

          • Hi Todd,

            Can You Guide me which one is good field to make a career i.e. CCNA Voice or R & S?

  3. Dear Todd,

    Where i can attend your CCNA Classes in INDIA?

  4. where can i attend your CCNA
    classes in kenya?

  5. How much cost for taking exam ICND1+ICND2 base on New Syllabus

  6. Todd are you going to write a book for 200-120 CCNA

  7. Do you know if the current ENT exam will be honored for the new pathway, or will Cisco require us to take the new ENT to take the CNA after the Sept deadline? I am studying your ENT book right now and hoping this isn’t a waste of time.

  8. Hello Mr. Lammle

    I’ve been introduced to Cisco’s certifications a few of months ago and was planning on doing my CCNA this August. But now I can see that there are a few changes; CCENT is now a requirement to almost every CCNA! Yet I still have a chance to study and get my CCNA. knowing that I am very much interested in getting a CCNP and even a CCIE in the future, do you recommend I take the CCNA before Sept. or go for the new Cisco plan?

  9. Hi Todd! I started to study by myself for CCNA and bought your book CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide (640-802).

    I probably won’t be able to do the exam before 9/30, so should I buy your new book (CCNA Routing and Switching Study Guide: Exams 100-101, 200-101, and 200-120)when it comes out?

    Thanks and keep the good work!

    • yes, you’ll need the new book, the changes are vast.

  10. Todd,
    So if I take the present ICND1 (CCENT) and pass it prior to 9/30/2013 will I be grandfather in as they say ? I then can take the ICND2 (original test material) which will be based upon the original testing material, not the changes introduced after 9/30/2013 ? Or is Cisco saying the CCNA has to be passed prior to 9/30/2013 even if you are in the middle of testing ICND1 and ICND2. What I am hoping to do if allowed is to bang out the CCENT (ICND1) prior to 9/30/2013 and then finish up the rest for the completed CCNA Cert by the end of the year.. Thx Don

    • I believe if you finish your ICND1 by sept 30 and not your ICDN2, you have to take the newer ICND2.

  11. Hi Todd,

    I want to clear MY CCNA 640-802 Before 30th September.I have theory knowledge about it but not practical.Is it right time for appear in CCNA 640-802? Is the New exam pattern and exam more beneficial to me for career or existing is fine.

  12. Dear Todd,

    I have bought your book CCNA and passed my CCNA many years ago. Its expired now. I want to sit for the CCNP R&S, is CCNA still a pre requisite? Or I can register direct for CCNP R&S?

    Best wishes

  13. Todd, I recently took CCENT and had 801 instead of 804. My questions is the exam had OSPF questions and was not prepared for that. Should thee have been OSPF questions on this exam? There was nothing about RIP or EIGRP.

    • Cisco can do anything they want, but no, it shouldn’t have OSPF.
      don’t waste your money on 640-801! That test is not valid any longer.

  14. Hi Todd, when is your CCNA icnd2 study guide going to be out ,ive had it on preorder with amazon uk since the end of September & they are now listing it as unknown when will be available.

  15. Dear, Todd
    I am studying your ccna 7th edition and have recently purchased
    your book for data centre ccna, would I have to take the ICND1&2 OR is the ccna dc just one exam on its own? As I work in a data centre as a project cabling engineer I thought this would be a better route for me to go down as I like installing all the different cisco hardware and then cabling them up!!



    • I think you should take the CCNA R/S and CCNA Data Center, in other words, do both. To get your DC certs, you don’t need the R/S certs but I recommend getting experience in both.

  16. I am currently studying with the CCNA study guide Seventh edition for my CCENT exam. I noticed that my book has 822 pages including the index. Will this book suffice for the exam or do I need a more current one?


    • Jim, the CCENT has changed the most out of all exams. You’ll need to get my new, much larger CCENT book.
      thanks for writing,

  17. What is/are the best routers & switches to use for studying for the CCNA.

  18. Hi todd

    Is ccna still a demand in the Market.

  19. am currently attending CCNA class in Nigeria.But we should be through by 18th May,2014. I would like to write the CCNA exam, how do you think i can make it, to pass the exams?

  20. HI TODD

  21. Dear Todd, i am planning to get the ccna r/s certification and i have your book “Todd Lammle – CCNA Routing and Switching Study Guide – 2013″. I plan to take the ICND1 exams first because of the cost and then the ICND2 exams later.
    Can you advise me and let me know other materials i need to get

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