CCNA Associate level concentrations offer individuals a career stepping stone in the converged technologies that make up today’s sophisticated network. In addition, IT professionals wishing to broaden or add specialized skills to their technology expertise while differentiating themselves in the marketplace will find these specializations a valuable addition. New CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice and CCNA Security certifications build on core CCNA skills and provide a clear path for individuals to prepare for a specialized job role in wireless, security or voice technologies. In addition, these new CCNA concentrations represent the first step for individuals interested in a career in Voice, Security and Wireless technologies and serve as prerequisites for Cisco professional level certifications including CCVP and CCSP.
CCNA Security certification meets the needs of IT professionals who are responsible for network security. It confirms an individual’s skills for job roles such as network security specialists, security administrators, and network security support engineers. This certification validates skills including installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality, and availability if data and devices, and develops competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure.
Takes full advantage of the CCNA certification as the foundation for career in Cisco security technologies
Prepares you for new career opportunities in security networking
Represents an important step toward the Cisco CCSP and other professional-level Cisco certifications
CCNA Voice certification validates skills in VoIP technologies such as IP PBX, IP telephony, handset, call control, and voicemail solutions. Candidates also get exposure to the Cisco Unified Communications architecture and design covering mobility, presence, and TelePresence applications.
To accommodate candidates who may already be in progress preparing for a CCVP certification, CCNA will be accepted as the prerequisite in place of CCNA Voice for up to one year. CCVP Pre-Requisites: CCNA Voice
CCNA wireless certification validates the candidate’s skills in the configuration, implementing, and support of wireless LANs, specifically those networks using Cisco equipment. Students completing the recommended Cisco training are provided with information and practice activities to prepare them for configuring, monitoring, and troubleshooting basic tasks of a Cisco WLAN in small to medium-sized business (SMB) and enterprise networks. Once candidates complete the certification, employers will be able to validate that their staff have the skills needed for basic wireless networking on a Cisco WLAN in SMB and enterprise networks.
Why is Cisco expanding its Career Certifications portfolio?
Cisco is introducing Cisco CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, and CCNA Wireless concentrations. These are roles-based, technology-specific concentrations that provide current and future networking professionals with a learning path for career advancement.
How do the CCNA concentrations relate to the CCNA certification?
Once you have completed your CCNA certification, you can choose one the three new CCNA concentrations.
While CCNA remains the certification of choice for individuals who want to demonstrate a solid foundation in core routing and switching skills, the new CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice, and CCNA Security certifications build on core CCNA skills and provide a clear path to prepare for a specialized job role in wireless, security, or voice technologies.
How long are the new CCNA concentrations valid for?
CCNA Wireless, Voice, and Security certifications are valid for three years.
How do these new concentrations affect Cisco’s professional and expert-level cetifications?
Passing the new CCNA concentrations will serve as the prerequisites to the corresponding Cisco professional-level certification (Cisco CCSP, CCVP and so on). However, the CCNA certification will continue to be the prerequisite to Cisco CCNP.
Are there other additional changes to the professional-level certifications that affect the new CCNA concentrations?
Yes, CCSP will be restructured in the fall as a result of the introduction of CCNA Security. The SND (Securing Network Devices) class and exam have been integrated into the IINS class and exam for CCNA Security. As a result, the SND exam will be retired on November 17, 2008 and will no longer be a requirement for CCSP. To accommodate candidates who may already be in progress preparing for CCSP certification, CCNA + SND exams will be accepted in lieu of the CCNA Security exam until June 24, 2009.
To accommodate candidates who may already be in progress preparing for a CCVP certification, CCNA will be accepted as the prerequisite in place of CCNA Voice for up to one year, June 24, 2009. Candidates already pursuing CCVP and CCSP will be able to use exams the have already passed for sign for up to three years.
You can find more information about the new CCNA concentrations at www.cisco.com/go/certifications, Cisco will prominently feature the new CCNA concentration.