Have You Seen The New CCNA Curriculum?

Next time someone says he or she is a CCNA, you might just have to ask, “What type of CCNA?” On March 26th, Cisco announced a new version of the CCNA curriculum that reflects the importance of routing and switching as a career path. The traditional CCNA has evolved from a foundation certification to a concentration and will be renamed CCNA Routing and Switching.

Now, ICND1 alone becomes a foundation course and passing the ICND1 exam gives you a CCENT certification. Passing a second exam determines the CCNA concentration. For example, passing the IINS exam gives you a CCNA Security, passing the ICOMM exam gives you a CCNA Voice, passing the IUWNE exam gives you a CCNA Wireless, and passing the ICND2 exam gives you a CCNA Routing and Switching.

Here’s a summary of the most significant differences between the previous CCNA v1.1 and the new CCNA v2.0:

Several topics have been moved from ICND2 into ICND1:

  • Managing and Implementing Traffic Filtering Traffic Using ACLs
  • Implementing VLANs and Trunks
  • Routing Between VLANs
  • Implementing OSPF
  • Introducing and Understanding Basic IPv6
  • Implementing VLSM
  • Configuring Serial Encapsulation
  • Scaling the Network with NAT and PAT

A few topics have been removed from the CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum:

  • Understanding and Configuring RIP
  • Understanding Wireless LANs

Several topics have been added to the ICND2 course:

  • Troubleshooting VLAN Connectivity
  • Optimizing STP
  • Configuring EtherChannel
  • Understand Layer 3 Redundancy
  • Troubleshooting IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Troubleshooting IPv6 Network Connectivity
  • Implementing EIGRP for IPv6
  • Multiarea OSPF IPv4 Implementation
  • Examining OSPFv3 for IPv6
  • Configuring GRE Tunnels
  • SNMP and Syslog Basic Configuration
  • Managing Cisco Devices and Licensing

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Tony D. is a CCSI and Senior Instructor at Ascolta. Passionate about technology, Tony is known for his interactive and engaging delivery style in the classroom. He has spent 14 years as a Senior Technical Instructor and content developer of authorized Cisco courseware.


  1. Hi,
    I was just taking preparation for ccna and already ordered my ccna book. In the mean time I’m watching ccna videos on YouTube and taking note.. But I’m confused now about how to be prepared for ccna. My goal was to take the test within 3 month. I have a networking degree. So my background is ok. But because of new ccna exam style I’m thinking how to proceed. Should I go for icnd1 first?
    Any advice is appreciate.

    • Hi Alam,

      It depends on your background as you’ve shared. Due to the extensive amount of content in both ICND1 and ICND2, it is usually recommended that individuals take on each curriculum separately versus in combination if new to networking. If you’re just starting out or have a novice level, it might be best to take the classes one at a time. However, if you have a deeper or more advanced understanding based on your degree, studying the CCNA curriculum may be good enough. You could probably tell if you’re fine if grasping the lessons in the CCNA book come easily to you.

      It may also depend on how you decide to take the exam. How you decide to take the test may dictate how you align your studying. CCNA exam = CCNA book or ICND 1 & 2 exam = ICND 1 & 2 books.

      Either way, give yourself access to plenty of hands-on lab exercises and practice questions to prepare you for the exam or simply to strengthen your foundation.

      Good luck,

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