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The New CCNA R&S: Measuring Knowledge & Skills for Today's Engineer

Since the launch of the revised CCNA Routing & Switching exams, the Cisco team has worked hard to listen to your questions, concerns and feedback on the revision. From the initial announcement and release of the updated blueprints, the most consistent concern has been whether or not the updated certification is trending in the right direction for the industry. Some candidates have posed questions such as:

Why have more in-depth topics such as BGP, VPN/tunnels, and IPv6 routing moved from the CCNP to CCNA, especially if the CCNA is supposed to be lower level?
What once were considered advanced technologies are now commonplace even at the Associate level. Our certifications are based on an industry job role analysis, and these technologies are now fundamental to job roles at the CCNA level.

Will this make the CCNP less valuable?
Absolutely not. The current CCNP blueprints still contain technology trends and job role expectations at the Professional level.

Why are there so many topics on the CCNA exams?
As highlighted below, we haven’t added additional topics to the exam. Instead, we’ve streamlined concepts and objectives, removed obsolete technologies, and pared down rudimentary skills.


To earn your CCNA Routing & Switching certification, you still need to pass either the ICND1 and ICND2 exams, or the composite CCNA exam. However, all three exams have been revised from version 2.0 to version 3.0.

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (Exam 200-125)
  • You can also take the composite Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam to earn your CCNA Routing and Switching certification.  The 200-125 exam covers all of the topics from the ICND1 and ICND2 exams.
  • Below are the changes to the Exam Topics from old versus new:
CCNA v2.0 CCNA v3.0
1.0 Network Fundamentals 1.0 Network Fundamentals
2.0 LAN Switching Technologies 2.0 LAN Switching Technologies
3.0 Routing Technologies 3.0 Routing Technologies
4.0 WAN Technologies 4.0 WAN Technologies
5.0 Infrastructure Services 5.0 Infrastructure Services
6.0 Network Device Security 6.0 Infrastructure Security
7.0 Troubleshooting 7.0 Infrastructure Management



Below are the topics that are no longer included on the ICND1 and ICND2 exams.

The topics below that have been removed from or added to the ICND1 and ICND2 exams also apply to the composite CCNA since it comprises content from both exams.

OSPF (single area) and other OSPF topics were replaced with RIP and moved to the ICND2 exam replaced with RIP Frame-Relay, CSU/DSU and Serial WAN technologies are no longer covered (but T1 connectivity may be found in some cases)
Dual Stack VRRP and GLBP have been removed from First Hop Redundancy Protocols. Only HSRP remains, since it is most commonly deployed
Specific Cisco Express Forwarding questions (CEF is considered an understood fundamental technology which the candidate should know prior to the exam)