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New Cisco changes

Cisco will be making some updates/changes to their curriculum and certifications over the next few months, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up.   Today we will discuss what these changes are, and how they affect each of the individual courses.

 ICND 1 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0

ICND1 v2.0 includes major updates and aligns to an updated blueprint.  Several topics have been moved from ICND2 into ICND1, while some topics, such as RIP and wireless, have been removed from this course.  Course content has been adapted to Cisco IOS Software Release 15 and technically updated.  All configuration commands are introduced through examples and supported with lab exercises.  All labs are developed with new pod topology and newer networking gear.

ICND 2 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0

ICND2 v2.0 includes major updates and aligns to an updated blueprint.  In comparison to the previous version, several topics have been moved from ICND2 to ICND1, while some new topics were added, such as Layer 3 Redundancy Protocols, Multi-area OSPF, OSPFv3, EIGRP for IPv6, NetFlow, and Licensing. Course content has been adapted to Cisco IOS Release 15 Software and technically updated.  All configuration commands are introduced through examples and supported with lab exercises.  All labs are developed with new pod topology and newer networking gear.  In comparison to the previous course, there is more lab time and troubleshooting .

Certification Changes:

Cisco is changing the requirements for all associate level certifications (CCNA, CCNA Voice, CCNA Security CCNA Wireless etc).  As of 3/26/13, students only need ICND 1 and ICOMM to be CCNA Voice certified.  Cisco felt they needed to reduce the amount of exams needed for the certifications.  Here are two slides that clearly show the changes:

We will announce the dates for these updated classes once they become available.

For more on our Cisco partnership with Sunset Learning Institute, you can check out this page for the details.

-Matt