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June 25, 2007

New Entry-Level Cisco Certification

Filed under: Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 6:36 pm

I received an email from Cisco today announcing a new entry-level certification.  The CCENT will be one step down the certification ladder from the CCNA.  It sounds pretty unnescessary to me, but I do like that they are going to attempt to revise the CCNA “to include a greater breadth of networking topics and more focus on performance-based skills to differentiate Cisco-certified applicants in the IT job market.”

Cisco Introduces New Entry-Level Certification and Updates to CCNA
 

On June 25, 2007, Cisco announced the addition of a new entry-level certification, Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) to the Career Certifications program. Cisco also introduced significant enhancements to the popular CCNA certification. CCENT presents a new point of entry for those just beginning to build a career in networking. As an optional stepping stone to CCNA, CCENT validates the skills required to successfully install and verify basic networks—a requirement for most entry-level network support positions. At the same time, Cisco’s foundational CCNA curricula has been revised to include a greater breadth of networking topics and more focus on performance-based skills to differentiate Cisco-certified applicants in the IT job market.

The CCNA curricula will be available worldwide on July 26, 2007 and exams will be released on August 1, 2007. Both curricula and exams will be initially released in English . Versions in simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish will also be made available in December 2007. Additional languages will be announced as translation plans are finalized.

The CCENT learning path includes:
A required exam: ICND1 640-822
A recommended course: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1

The CCNA learning path includes:
Required exams: ICND1 640-822 and ICND2 640-816, or CCNA 640-802 composite exam


Recommended courses: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1 and Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 2For more information on the CCENT and CCNA certifications, watch the “CCNA and CCENT Certification Overview” video posted on the CCNA Prep Center.
The CCNA Prep Center which is available to anyone with a Cisco.com login helps candidates prepare for the CCENT and CCNA exams.

CCNA Questions and Answers

CCENT Questions and Answers

Additional CCNA and CCENT information.

Regards,
Cisco Career Certifications

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