CCNA 200-301 replaces all previous CCNA exams witha single exam.The new exam is 120-minutes with 100+ questions and exam fee is $300 USD. There are significant changes to the new CCNA curriculum.
CCNA 200-301 Knowledge
20% Network Access
25% IP Connectivity
10% IP Services
15% Security Fundamentals
10% Automation and Programmability
New CCNA Topics!
CCNA 200-301 includes a significant amount of wireless and network programmability. That is attributed to the popularity of mobile devices, cloud computing and SDN architecture. Cisco is aligning the new CCNA certification exam with a shift to internet-based connectivity model and OSPF for routing IP protocol only. EIGRP was created for multiprotocol routing and RIP is not scalable for mobile and cloud connections.
The management and troubleshooting of network infrastructure is being radically changed with SDN open source architecture. Cisco has enabled programmable features on their devices and virtualization from physical equipment to software services. They have virtual appliances and CCNA engineers now support private and cloud data center connections.
CCNA Training Strategy
Preparing for CCNA certification requires students to invest time to pass the exam. The best strategy is a streamlined study plan with the right information instead of more information.
Cisco has recently made significant changes to the new CCNP certification. You will have to pass two exams to become certified. There is a core exam (350-401) and a concentration exam. CCNP Enterprise Core (Encor) also serves as the qualifying written test for the CCIE lab.
Interestingly, CCNA certification is no longer a prerequisite to take your CCNP certification. Cisco CCNA is recommended however, unless you have significant experience. It is important to note that Cisco has removed all lab simulations from CCNP. Instead you will analyze output from show commands and topology drawings to answer some questions.
New CCNP Enterprise Topics!
CCNP Enterprise Core (350-401) new exam includes a significant amount of virtualization, automation and management topics. That is attributed to the popularity of mobile devices, cloud computing and SDN architecture. Cisco is aligning the new CCNP certification with a shift to automation and Cisco DNA Center.
The management and troubleshooting of network infrastructure has been radically changed with open source architecture. Cisco network devices are programmable and network services are virtualized as well for both private and internet cloud connections.
There is a significant amount of theory on CCNP 350-401 exam with words such as describe and explain often used. Cisco has included configuration of routing protocols, STP, security and network assurance as well.