Cisco retools CCNA, CCNP and CCIE, complement DevNet Associate and Professional certifications
Updated for the latest technologies and job careers, these certifications are aimed at network engineers and software developers.
Cisco announced an update to its certification and training program Monday. The program now features Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) written exams, as well as new Cisco DevNet Associate Cisco DevNet Professional exams, according to blog post.
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Qualifications are sweeping the IT enterprise, with 85% of professionals gaining their most recent qualification in the past 12 months, a Global Knowledge report found. Not only do these qualifications help to sharpen IT skills, but they can also earn more money for these professionals and job seekers.
"Qualifications have been a way of proving yourself to others," said Joe Clarke, Cisco's renowned services engineer. "It's a door opener; to achieve. ”
Applicants have credentials when they start to demonstrate that they have the latest skills and can demonstrate those skills, which is appealing to hiring managers, Clarke said.
As a leading certification provider for the past 26 years, Cisco strives to offer the most relevant certifications that reflect a growing technology landscape. With networking changing dramatically over the past few years, the company said it's decided it was time to reflect these changes in their credentials.
"This huge shift around software-based networking went into everything," said Clarke. "We have software-defined data centers, then ACI (Basic -Centric Application Structure), and then we had this drive towards a software-defined WAN, and now software-defined access coverage networks.
"It's no longer enough just to do this gradual, evolutionary steps," said Clarke. . "
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The updated CCNA program will help prepare partner-level IT professionals for a successful networking career by adding security, automation and programming capability to the course. The certificate also covers network basics, network accessibility, IP connectivity, and IP services.
Prior to the update, Cisco had 10 different CCNA routes. This new CCNA certification showcases a unified, single version of these 10 sources, while at the same time incorporating innovative skills that employers seek in network engineers, Clarke said.
“We started asking about hiring managers, what exactly do you expect from a professional at a companion level? We found that they wanted someone who was a little more networked, someone who could be a little more accessible in different areas of the network, ”Clarke said.
“The new single CCNA focuses on path and change; it focuses on security, because security is so essential for networking; and, we wanted to start introducing those basics of programming and automation, because any network that is at scale is going to introduce. get a candidate back, "Clarke said.
The CCNP is a more advanced version of CCNA, aimed at more experienced network engineers, who want to strengthen their skills and look forward, Clarke said.
Within Cisco courses, professionals at this level can choose between five pathways to focus on, including enterprise, collaboration, data center, security, or service provider.
"The new Cisco NP has two tests. They used to have different tests depending on the route," Clarke said. The first test uses the students' specialist route, while the other is a technology base applied across all five pathways. ”
"You no longer need any pre-requisites," said Clarke. , one for the heart of my technology and concentration, and the CCNP. ”
The CCIE is the expert level certification for network engineers, which also offers the five specialized pathways included on NP.
The IE certification previously had a written part, but the new certification incorporates the same technological foundation offered to the NP as the induction test, Clarke said.
“But, but in NP I could either take the density or the core first, in IE, I have to first get past the core of technology in a specific technology space and then I can to sit for an eight - hour lab, ”Clarke said.
“The new eight-hour lab consists of a three-hour pre-low-level, part-time design or location-based design part, followed by five hours of implementation, operation, optimization and solution. questions, "he said.
“We wanted to thread software through all of our network engineer credentials,” Clarke said. “It is vital that the network engineer now embraces software as a means of delivering reliable, accessible and scalable network solutions. ”
The new DevNet Associate certification will test the new skills of software developers, DevOps engineers, automation experts, and other software professionals.
The program requires a single level of integration testing and will focus on understanding and deploying APIn, Cisco platforms and development, application and security development, and infrastructure and automation, Clarke said.
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DevNet Professional is the most advanced certification, helping developers design and debug with Cisco APIs and platforms.
“The Professional [certification] structural look just like the network engineer [certification]: You have a basic test and several combinations, "Clarke said.
“This person may be very good as a team leader in software development; they have five years or more experience designing and developing software, "Clarke said.
All programs are currently available for registration, however, CCIE laboratory test centers are temporarily closed, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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