Should I Get ICND2 Before Oct 2013?

Ever since Cisco announced the news of the changes to CCNA/ICND exams in October 2013 lots of people who have already passed, or looking to sit the current CCENT (640-822 ICND1) exam are wondering what these changes mean to them.

Well don't worry, your current CCENT certification will still be valid after September 2013, but the date you sit the ICND2 exam will determine what version of the ICND2 exam you are required to take.

If you are ready to take the ICND2 before 30th September 2013 then you should take the current (640-816 ICND2) exam, otherwise you will need to take the new ICND2 exam (200-101 ICND2) from 1st October 2013 onward.

Please understand that because the 200-101 ICND2 exam is so new, there will be very little in the way of study materials on the market, so it would be advisable to get your ICND2 exam before the 30th September 2013 deadline so that you can work toward the current ICND2 syllabus.

At the end of the day a CCNA is a CCNA no matter which exams you passed to get there, new or old.

New CCNA Exams for 2013

Cisco have announced that they will be retiring the current version of CCNA and CCENT/ICND2 exams at the end of September 2013. Read more about the 2013 CCNA changes.

Here are the current exam codes along with new exam codes that replace them:

The CCNA composite exam 200-120 is replacing the 640-802 CCNA composite exam from 1st October 2013.

The CCENT/ICND1 exam 100-101 is replacing the 640-822 ICND1 from 1st October 2013.

The ICND2 exam 200-101 ICND2 is replacing the 640-816 ICND2 from 1st October 2013.

CCNA Exam Changes from Oct 2013

Cisco have just announced that they will be retiring the current version of CCNA and CCENT/ICND2 exams at the end of September 2013.  Read the full press release over on the Cisco website.

The new exams will be A LOT harder than the current versions, and this means you only have until 30th September 2013 to study and pass your CCNA before the exam syllabus changes, your CCNA certification will then last you 3 years as usual.

Here are a few things that will be included in the new exam...

  • IOS v15 commands
  • IPv6 configuration
  • 802.1x security
  • Advanced troubleshooting scenarios

Devices that run Cisco IOS v15 are very expensive at the moment so setting up a home lab probably won't be an option from October 2013 until the foreseeable future.

Also, no study guides or study materials will exist for the new exams for quite a while yet, so if you've been thinking about getting your CCNA, this is really your LAST OPPORTUNITY before things become a whole lot harder and more expensive for you. 

Over the next few weeks and months we will be updating our training ready for the new exam, but we strongly advise you to begin your CCNA studies as soon as possible.

10 Ways to Fail Your CCNA

The CCNA exam is a tough exam to pass, lots of people fail first time. In this email we go through some of the main causes of failure. Hopefully it will help improve your chances of passing first time.

Ten reasons people fail their CCNA:

1.) Forgot how to subnet, didn't practice enough
2.) Not enough time spent on revision/cramming
3.) Poor troubleshooting techniques
4.) Not able to configure Cisco routers or switches without notes
5.) Ran out of time by spending too long on each question
6.) Didn't use practice questions enough to find my weak spots
7.) Not enough time spent studying and cramming weaker subjects
8.) Had to rush the simulation questions
9.) Forgot to cram/study a topic that appeared on the exam
10.) Wasn't familiar with the exam simulator and scenario questions

If you learn from the lessons above you'll be well on your way to becoming a CCNA.