Whether you are an experienced network professional or just starting a career in technology, Cisco training and certifications open up new IT networking career opportunities.

Start with New Horizons Cisco-authorized training and then explore the multiple certification paths depending on your job role and level of experience.

There are multiple levels of Cisco IT certifications. Associate level credentials are the foundation level of networking certifications. The next step is Professional level for more advanced certifications that cover different technologies and job roles. Choose one or more Cisco career specializations and match your job role with specific technical expertise and enhance your core networking knowledge in technologies such as security data center, or network programmability.

 

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The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification is ideal for an entry-level Cisco technician who can install, maintain, and troubleshoot a small Cisco network.

With CCENT certification training at New Horizons, the student will learn:

  • Building a simple network
  • Establishing Internet Connectivity
  • Managing Network Device Security
  • Building a Medium-sized Network
  • Introducing IPv6 ICND1 Super Lab

2

Take These Exams

ICND1: Cisco Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1

3

Earn These Certifications

Cisco CCENT

CCNA Routing and Switching

Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching certification demonstrates your knowledge to deploy, maintain, secure and operate a medium-sized network using Cisco technologies.

To earn your CCNA Routing and Switching you can either take a single exam or two exams.

Prerequisites
  • Valid CCENT or any CCIE certification

2

Take These Exams

Single Exam

200-120 CCNA®

Two Exams

100-101 ICND1

200-101 ICND2

3

Earn These Certifications

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

CCNA Security

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security certification proves your skills to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats

Prerequisites
  • CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching or CCIE

1

Take These Courses

Recommended Courses

Cisco® Implementing Cisco® IOS Network Security v3.0 (IINS)

2

Take These Exams

640-554: (IINS)

3

Earn These Certifications

CCNA Security

CCNA Cloud

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Cloud certification proves your skills to perform entry-level provisioning and support of Cisco cloud solutions.

2

Take These Exams

201-451: CLDFND

210-455: CLDADM

3

Earn These Certifications

CCNA Cloud

CCNA Collaboration

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Collaboration certification proves your skills with the convergence of voice, video, data and mobile applications.

2

Take These Exams

210-060: CICD

210-065: CIVND

3

Earn These Certifications

CCNA Collaboration

CCNA Data Center

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Data Center certification proves your skills in data center network design, implementation, and maintenance.

2

Take These Exams

640-911: DCICN

640-916: DCICT

3

Earn These Certifications

CCNA Data Center

CCNA Service Provider

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Service Provider certification proves your skills to deploy, maintain and improve carrier-grade network infrastructures

2

Take These Exams

640-875: SPNGN1

640-878: SPNGN2

3

Earn These Certifications

CCNA Service Provider

CCNA Wireless

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Wireless certification proves your basic Cisco Wireless LAN’s configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting and support skills for optimal performance of Cisco Wireless networks.

Prerequisites
  • CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching OR CCIE

2

Take These Exams

200-355: WIFUND

3

Earn These Certifications

CCNA WIRELESS

After achieving your CCNA Routing and Switching certification you are ready to take the next step and earn your Cisco Certified Network Professional Level (CCNP) in one or more specialty areas, including Routing & Switching, Design, Security, Wireless or Voice.

Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching

Prerequisites
  • CCNA or CCIE

2

Take These Exams

300-101: ROUTE (v 2.0)

300-115: SWITCH (v 2.0)

300-135: TSHOOT (v 2.0)

3

Earn These Certifications

Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching

CISCO CCNP Security

Prerequisites
  • CCNA or CCIE

CISCO CCNP Collaboration

The Cisco CCNP Collaboration certification is ideal for Cisco professionals who want to develop advanced collaboration skills designing, deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting Cisco Collaboration and Unified communications applications, devices and networks

Prerequisites
  • CCNA Collaboration or any CCIE certification

CISCO CCNP Data Center

The Cisco CCNP Data Center certification allows you to choose a concentration for your data center education according to specific needs.

Prerequisites
  • CCNA Data Center or any CCIE certification

CISCO CCDP

The Cisco CCDP certification is ideal for Cisco Senior Network Design Engineers, Principle System Engineer, Network/Solution Architects and CCDA professionals looking to build upon your fundamental Cisco network design expertise the Cisco CCDP certification program focuses on advanced addressing and routing protocols, WANs, services virtualization, and integration strategies for multi-layered Enterprise architectures.

Prerequisites
  • CCDA, CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE

2

Take These Exams

300-101: ROUTE

300-115: SWITCH

300-320: ARCH

3

Earn These Certifications

CISCO CCDP

CISCO CCNP Wireless

The Cisco CCNP Wireless certification addresses the need for designing, implementing, and operating Cisco Wireless networks and mobility infrastructures.

Prerequisites
  • CCNA Wireless or any CCIE

Cisco Training

Get hands-on Cisco training to master the most popular enterprise networking platform and open the door to new career possibilities.

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KEY DATES:
January 23 – deadline to purchase exam vouchers for the current Cisco certifications
February 23 – deadline to take exams for the current Cisco certifications
February 24 – first available date to test for the new Cisco certifications

Cisco Training Courses

Cisco Training from New Horizons

Cisco’s leading enterprise networking solutions help businesses around the world connect and collaborate.

With best-in-class Cisco training from New Horizons, you can master Cisco’s core technologies and earn industry-recognized Cisco certifications. Cisco training covers routing and switching, security, wireless, data center, unified communications and other Cisco product stacks.

Whether you’re an experienced network professional or a Cisco beginner, Cisco training can help you meet your business, team or professional growth goals.

Start with New Horizons’ OnDemand , Cisco-authorized training then explore the multiple certification paths depending on your job role and level of experience.

Who Should Take Cisco Training?

Cisco training is geared toward IT professionals who manage and deploy Cisco products in their business environments. Cisco courses are helpful for a variety of roles, including:

  • Novice and experienced IT professionals
  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Cloud administrators
  • Cloud architects
  • Cloud engineers
  • DevOps engineers

Cisco Training Can Prepare IT Professional To:

  • Deploy and administer Cisco cloud services
  • Configure and implement Cisco collaboration tools, including Unified Communications and Unified Contact Center
  • Master data center fundamentals and work with Cisco data center components including Nexus switches, Unified Computing and related technologies
  • Leverage Cisco security technologies, access solutions and threat detection tools

Cisco Learning Credits

Cisco Learning Credits are prepaid dollars that can be redeemed for training. As a Cisco learning partner, New Horizons offers Learning Credits to help organizations save money on Cisco training with prepaid credit bundles.

Providing Cisco training for your entire team ensures they can acclimate quickly to new technologies, accelerating your ROI and granting you a competitive advantage.

Cisco Learning Credits are sold in packs of one, 10, 100, 500 and 1,500. Each Cisco Learning Credit is worth $100 toward Cisco training at New Horizons.

By purchasing Cisco Learning Credits, you can:

  • Secure and establish your Cisco training budget up front
  • Upgrade your team with authorized Cisco training
  • See a fast return on your Cisco investment
  • Increase team productivity and network up time
  • Simplify your training administration with fewer purchase orders

You can now earn Cisco Learning Credits with the Cisco Customer Loyalty Program. Reward points are assigned based on your purchase of Cisco products and services. One hundred loyalty points equal one learning credit.

To learn more about Cisco Learning Credits, visit https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/training/learning-credits.html.

Find Your Cisco Certification Path

Cisco offers globally recognized certifications for network design and architecture professionals. There are multiple levels of Cisco certifications:

  • Entry: These fundamental certifications serve as starting points for individuals interested in a career in networking.
  • Associate: Cisco offers several types of associate-level credentials; CCNA for network installation and operations and CCDA for network design.
  • Professional: The professional CCNP and CCDP certifications validate your advanced networking expertise in areas such as security, routing and switching, collaboration and data center.
  • Expert: The CCIE certification is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious networking certifications.
  • Architect: The highest level of accreditation through Cisco, the CCAr recognizes network designers who can support increasingly complex modern networks.

Comprehensive Cisco training from New Horizons can prepare you for every level of Cisco certification. Select your certification on the sidebar to discover the Cisco training path that’s right for you.

Have questions about Cisco training or how to redeem Cisco Learning Credits? Speak to a New Horizons IT training expert today.

New Cisco Certifications Coming in 2020

Cisco announced a significant evolution of their certification tracks, set to release February 24, 2020. These changes will address the needs of the modern network, requiring both infrastructure and software expertise. This is Cisco’s biggest change to certifications in 25 years. New recommended training courses will be released in the coming months ahead of the new certification releases.

Summary of Changes:

  • New DevNet track of certification across all levels
  • CCENT entry level cert is being retired
  • CCNA will be consolidated to one certification, requiring one exam
  • CCNP will have only five concentration areas, requiring TWO exams
  • Specialist Level is earned after the first exam in a CCNP track
  • CCIE will require 2 exams, the first being a CCNP exam, the other a CCIE lab exam
  • New courses will roll out over the next 6 months, aligned with the new certifications
  • Recertification requirement will now be every 3 years

Have questions? Download the Cisco 2020 Certifications FAQ today!

Learn more about Cisco Certification changes

The current Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) will be retired. At the Associate level will be the new CCNA, which will validate a broad range of foundational knowledge and skills. It will have just one exam covering networking and security fundamentals, as well as automation and programmability. Previously, CCNA candidates typically had to take multiple exams to earn one of 10 different CCNA certifications. The new CCNA exam (#200-301) is scheduled to go live Feb. 24, 2020. The new CCNA will replace these current certifications:

  • CCNA Cloud
  • CCNA Collaboration
  • CCNA Cyber Ops
  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCDA Design
  • CCNA Industrial
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Service Provider
  • CCNA Wireless

There will be a new course coming out for CCNA, expected this summer, which will cover the foundations now covered in both ICND1 and ICND2, while the more advanced info in both of those courses will be moving to the new CCNP level courses, expected to release prior to February 2020.

There will be six CCIE tracks, and they no longer have dedicated CCIE written exams. Instead, candidates must pass the CCNP core exam and then take the 8-hour CCIE lab in the concentration of choice. For instance, to earn the CCIE Security you’d have to pass the CCNP Security core exam (SCOR 300-701) and then sit for the 8-hour lab, CCIE Security v6.0. That’s consistent across all the new CCIEs with the exception of CCIE Enterprise.In the case of the Enterprise track, you have two options: CCIE Enterprise Wireless and CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure. Both of these tracks adopt the CCNP Enterprise exam (ENCOR 300-401) as their written exam, and then diverge at the lab requirement. They each have a dedicated lab requirement specific to the track: CCIE Enterprise Wireless v1.0 and CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure v1.0. Here’s the complete list of the new CCIEs:

  • CCIE Enterprise Wireless
  • CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure
  • CCIE Security
  • CCIE Service Provider
  • CCIE Collaboration
  • Data Center

Most CCNP certifications will also be retiring. Right now, networking professionals start a specialization track at the CCNA level. For example, CCNA Security leads to CCNP Security. However, after February 24, 2020, the one CCNA exam (200-301 CCNA) will cover networking basics and then you specialize at the CCNP level. You will be required to pass 2 exams: a core exam and one concentration exam. Here’s the complete list of the new CCNPs:

  • CCNP Enterprise
  • CCNP Security
  • CCNP Service Provider
  • CCNP Collaboration
  • CCNP Data Center
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional

Passing any one of these exams will earn you the Cisco Certified Specialist title in that concentration. Passing the second exam will earn you the CCNP in that focus area.

Cisco is launching a new certification track — DevNet. The DevNet track will combine programming (primarily with Python) and infrastructure. There will be four levels to the DevNet track:

  • Cisco Certified DevNet Associate (CCNA-level)
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Specialist
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional (CCNP-level)
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Expert (CCIE-level) – Coming soon

These tracks follow the same conventions as the other five tracks. You can either take the associate-level core exam to get certified at the CCNA level, pass one exam to become a Specialist, or take two exams to earn the professional-level certification.

Cisco 2020 Roadmap

Cisco Training and Certifications 2020