New CCNA 200-301 has been Announced!

New CCNA exam – 200-301

Cisco certification program will be drastically changed from Feb. 24, 2020. There will no longer be multiple different CCNA exams and certifications – only a single, comprehensive exam will be available. The new exam’s code is 200-301 CCNA and its full name is Implementing and Administering Cisco Networking Technologies. According to Cisco, the new exam “covers a broad range of fundamentals based on the latest technologies, software development skills, and job roles“.



Unit 1: Network FundamentalsUnit 5: Security Fundamentals
Unit 2: Network AccessUnit 6: Network Management
Unit 3: IP ConnectivityUnit 7: Automation and Programmability
Unit 4: IP ServicesUnit 8: Cloud Computing

Unit 1: Network Fundamentals

1.       Introduction to the OSI Model2.       Introduction to IPv4 (Internet Protocol)3.       IPv4 Packet Header4.       Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)5.       Introduction to TCP and UDP6.       TCP Header7.       TCP Window Size Scaling8.       Introduction to ICMP9.       Introduction to DNS10.   Introduction to Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI)11.   User mode and Privileged mode

Unit 2: Network Access

2.2 VLANs and Trunks1.       Introduction to VLANs2.       How to configure VLANs3.       VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)4.       Introduction to 802.1Q5.       How to configure a Trunk6.       Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP)7.       802.1Q Native VLAN8.       Introduction to Voice VLAN9.       Etherchannels10.   L3 Etherchannel

2.3 Spanning-Tree

1.       Introduction to Spanning-Tree2.       Per VLAN Spanning-Tree3.       Spanning-Tree Port States4.       Spanning-Tree Cost Calculation5.       Spanning-Tree Portfast6.       Rapid PVST7.       Rapid PVST Configuration

2.4 Wireless

1.       Introduction to Wireless Networks2.       Introduction to Wireless LANs3.       Wireless LAN 802.11 Service Sets4.       Introduction to Wireless Security5.       Wireless Authentication Methods6.       Wireless Encryption and Integrity7.       Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)8.       Cisco Wireless Network Architectures9.       Cisco WLC Deployment Models10.   Cisco Wireless AP Modes11.   Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) Basic Configuration12.   Cisco WLC WPA2 PSK Authentication

Unit 3: IP Connectivity

3.1 Introduction

1.       Introduction to Routers and Routing2.       Cisco IOS Router Basic Configuration3.       Introduction to Wide Area Networks (WAN)

3.2 IPv4 Subnetting

1.       Introduction to Subnetting2.       Basics of Binary Numbers3.       Subnetting in Binary4.       Subnetting in Decimal (Fast Method)5.       Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR)6.       Variable Length Subnet Mask (VLSM)7.       Route Summarization8.       Hexadecimal to Binary and Decimal Conversion9.       Create a Subnetting Cheat Sheet

3.3 IPv6

1.       Introduction to IPv62.       Shortening IPv6 Addresses3.       How to find IPv6 Prefix4.       IPv6 Address Types5.       IPv6 Address Assignment Example6.       IPv6 EUI-647.       IPv6 Summarization8.       IPv6 Solicited Node Multicast Address9.       IPv6 Neighbor Discovery Protocol (NDP)10.   IPv6 Stateless Autoconfiguration

3.4 Routing

1.       Default Gateway2.       Static Routing3.       IPv6 Static Route4.       IP Routing Explained5.       Router on a Stick6.       InterVLAN Routing7.       Administrative Distance8.       Floating Static Route9.       Introduction to Route Summarization


1.       Introduction to OSPF2.       OSPF Configuration3.       OSPF Packets and Neighbor Discovery4.       OSPF Reference Bandwidth5.       OSPF Router ID6.       OSPF DR/BDR Election7.       OSPF Passive Interface8.       OSPF Hello and Dead Interval

3.6 Gateway Redundancy

  1. Introduction to Gateway Redundancy

Unit 4: IP Services

4.1 DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)

1.       Introduction to DHCP2.       DHCP Server Configuration3.       DHCP Relay Agent4.       DHCP Client5.       DHCP Server IPv6 Configuration

4.2 SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)

  1. Introduction to SNMP
  2. SNMPv2
  3. SNMPv3

4.3 NAT (Network Address Translation)

1.       Introduction to NAT and PAT2.       NAT Static3.       NAT Dynamic4.       Port Address Translation (PAT)

4.4 (QoS) Quality of Service

1.       Introduction to Quality of Service (QoS)2.       IP Precedence and DSCP Values3.       Classification4.       Marking5.       Shaping6.       Policing

Unit 5: Security Fundamentals

5.1 Access-Lists

1.       Introduction to Access-Lists2.       Wildcard Bits3.       Standard Access-List4.       Extended Access-List5.       Time-based Access-List

5.2 Misc

1.       Port-Security2.       AAA and 802.1X3.       AAA User Authentication4.       AAA Admin Authentication5.       DHCP Snooping6.       Introduction to Firewalls7.       Introduction to VPNs

Unit 7: Network Management

1.       Introduction to CDP2.       Introduction to LLDP3.       Telnet Server and Client4.       SSH Server and Client5.       Introduction to NTP6.       Introduction to Syslog7.       Configuration Register8.       Password Recovery on Cisco IOS9.       Cisco IOS File System10.   Upgrade Cisco IOS Image

Unit 8: Automation and Programmability

1.       Device Programmability2.       REST API3.       Data Models and Structures4.       Configuration Management Tools and Version Control Systems5.       Introduction to Software Defined Networking (SDN)6.       Spine and Leaf Architecture

Unit 9: Cloud Computing

  1. Virtual Machines and Containers
  2. Introduction to Cloud Computing
  3. Cloud Connectivity

Under the current CCNA certification program, there are multiple concentration exams for different learning paths. However, under the new rules, the following certifications will all be replaced by the new CCNA:

  • CCNA Cloud
  • CCNA Collaboration
  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCNA Industrial
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Service Provider
  • CCNA Wireless
  • CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate)

So, the specialization at the CCNA level is going away – you will now choose your specialization at the CCNP level.

Current CCNA certificates

Your CCNA certification will be active until its expiration date. When the new program goes into effect in February 2020, your current CCNA certification will be transitioned to an equivalent in the new program. So if you have any of the current CCNA certificates (e.g. CCNA Industrial or CCNA Routing and Switching), you will automatically be granted the new CCNA certificate.

If you’re working toward a current CCNA certification, make sure to complete it before Feb 23, 2020. CCNAs who pass any of the old CCNA exams before the Feb. 24 deadline will automatically receive the new CCNA credential and a training badge that represents the pre-Feb. 24 concentration the candidate completed. So if you pass (for example) the CCNA Wireless exam before the deadline, you will get the new CCNA credential and a CCNA Wireless training badge.


CCENT will be retired in February, 2020, and it will not apply toward the new CCNA certification. Make sure to pass the both ICND exams and obtain the CCNA certificate before February 24, 2020. If you don’t, you will need to take the new exam to complete CCNA certification.

About the new exam

200-301 is a single exam, consisting of 120 questions. It covers a wide range of topics, such as routing and switching, security, wireless networking, and even some programming concepts. As with other Cisco certifications, you can take it at any of the Pearson VUE certification centers.

About the new curriculum

The modules comprised in the new CCNA curirculum are:

  • Network Fundamentals – routers, switches, cabling, TCP and UDP, IPv4 and IPv6
  • IP Connectivity – IP routing, OSPFv2
  • IP Services – NTP, DCHP, QoS, SNMP
  • Security Fundamentals – VPNs, wireless security, port security
  • Network Access – VLANs and trunking, EtherChannel
  • Automation and Programmability – REST APIs, Puppet, Chef, JSON, SDN

Removed topics

The following topics have been removed from the new CCNA curriculum:

  • Network fundamentals – OSI model
  • LAN Switching – Frame, VTP, Switch stack
  • Routing – EIGRP, RIPv2, OSPFv3, Inter-VLAN routing
  • WAN – PPP, MLPPP, PPPoE, GRE, BGP, WAN access

Exam price

There is currently no pricing available for 200-301. However, according to Cisco official document, the total cost to achieve certification has been reduced.

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