Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cisco To Announce Three Additional CCNA Certifications -

But To Earn Them, You've Got To Be CCNA Certified, So Get Started Today!

On Tuesday, June 24, Cisco announced three brand-new CCNA-level Certifications:

CCNA Security

CCNA Voice

CCNA Wireless

These new certifications are going to be a tremendous career boost to those who earn them.

Why? Just look at these statistics!

Security: Right now, 46% of companies included in the survey have a position dedicated to security - that's going to almost double over the next five years to 80%.

Voice: Currently, 40% of surveyed customers have a voice specialist. That number will rise to 69% in the next five years.

Wireless: While 33% of surveyed companies currently have a position dedicated to wireless, that value will double over the next five years to 66%.

(Stats were arrived at by Forrester Consulting during a study sponsored by Cisco. You can get a copy here.)

Those statistics tell a simple tale:

Network admins who have knowledge and certification in security, wireless, and voice will have a huge advantage over network admins who do not.

That's why Cisco is introducing these new certifications, and exactly why I'll be releasing Study Packages for all three of these specializations, beginning in September!

There's one detail you need to take care of now, though.

To earn any of these CCNA specialist certifications, you must earn your CCNA first, by either the one-exam (640-802) path or the two exam path (ICND 1 and 2).

This announcement by Cisco makes it more important than ever to be CCNA certified. Be ready to earn these new certifications by earning your CCNA now!

Thousands of CCNA candidates around the world have used my CCNA Study Package to do just that. Take five minutes to read this page - it's more important than ever.

The Ultimate CCNA Study Package

Starting this September, I'll be releasing Study Packages for CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, and CCNA Wireless. While I'm working on those, you need to be working on your CCNA to take advantage of these vital new certifications.

Click that link and let's get started!

The Ultimate CCNA Study Package

(If you prefer CBTs, check out my CCNA Video Boot Camp - over 25 hours of world-class, proven CCNA instruction, shipped to you by my friends at Trainsignal!)

To your success,

Chris Bryant
CCIE #12933

PS - I'll be creating a quick look at each of these new certifications on the main page shortly, and I'll link to those articles from here. In the meantime, get started on your CCNA!


Anonymous said...

I wonder if passing these new ccna's will renew the standard ccna?

Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933 said...

As of today, no, but I would not be surprised to see that change. I've pasted the current CCNA recertification requirements below.

Chris Bryant
CCIE #12933

CCNA certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, either pass the current CCNA exam, or pass the ICND2 exam, or pass any 642 professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE written exam.

CCNA Security said...

Hello Chris,

Passing any of the new CCNA Certifications does renew your CCNA! I remember seeing it in a document before but I cannot find the source. Think about it this way, it doesn't make sense for it not to renew your CCNA.

Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933 said...

I agree with you that it *should*, just saying that as of today the official recert requirements haven't been changed. :)

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