The prestigious Cisco CCNA certification is going to become even more prestigious later this year – and from all accounts, even more difficult! The current 640-801 exam will be phased out on November 6, giving candidates plenty of time to prepare for that exam 200-301 . The new 640-802 exam is actually being introduced August 1, giving CCNA candidates an option as to which exam to take.
Naturally, CCNA candidates have a lot of questions regarding these changes. I’ve prepared this FAQ to answer the most common questions arriving in my email inbox. If your question isn’t answered here, send it to me and your question just might be in the next FAQ!
Absolutely not. Actually, this should help you accelerate your efforts! Cisco has been kind enough to keep the current exam around through November 6, so you have more than enough time to pass the current version. Also, while I’m sure there will be some 640-802 study tools available soon, you won’t have a wide selection until later this year. Never delay your career progress or your studies – hit those books and pass the 640-801!
On a personal note, I’ve taken Cisco certification exams for almost a decade as well as taking exams from other vendors for about 14 years, and I’ve never been big on taking a brand-new exam. Some people like to do so, though- it’s all a matter of personal preference. What’s this I hear about another Cisco certification being offered?
Cisco no longer views the CCNA as an entry-level exam, and I think that’s a fantastic change. I have personally taught and written CCNA materials for several years, and I have never considered the CCNA to be entry-level. When you’re troubleshooting OSPF virtual links, you are not working at entry level!