The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate is one of the most recognizable certifications available in the field of network and IT infrastructure, and it is undergoing some changes as of September of this year.

The industry-standard 640-822 ICND1, 640-816 ICND2, and 640-802 CCNAX exams are being retired in favor of the version 2.0 of the exams, as per the table below.

 CCNA Exams and Recommended Training

Source: CCNA Routing and Switching Certification

Although both sets of exams still essentially prepare you for working with medium-size networks, the organization and content of the exams have been changed to better reflect today’s technology. Sections have been streamlined, information on new technologies added, and some information retired. Also importantly, everything has been reorganized.

The 640-series exams are still valid, and Cisco is leaving them as an option until September 30, 2013. CCNA certifications earned from these exams will be given the same weight by Cisco as a CCNA earned by taking the new exams, although when you renew in three years you will likely be taking the new, 200-series exams. New study guides are hitting the market as we speak.

The last time there was a change was November 2007, so it is definitely time that the exams are updated to reflect the newer technologies and changes in the field of corporate networking.

Bottom line? If you are currently studying for the 640-802 CCNAX, 640-822 ICND1, and/or 640-816 ICND2, your best bet is to schedule your exam early enough to give you enough time to retake if necessary before they expire in September.

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