Know New CCNA, CCNP Enterprise and CCIE Certifications | Exams, Syllabus, Re-certification and more

Know New CCNA, CCNP Enterprise and CCIE Certifications | Exams, Syllabus, Re-certification and more
By Networkbulls
Jun 24, 2019

Cisco Inc is known to keep up with the modern day technology and make new introductions too its certifications if and whenever required. On July 10, 2019, Cisco announced its new certifications update on its website. This new update has segregated the technology tracks into newly announced certifications and introduced new distinct paths for networking aspirates to earn these Cisco certifications.

One of the major updates is the introduction of The DevNet Certification Program. This programs brings the software practices and skills with networking to the table embracing both network professional and software developer under one roof.

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Following are latest updates announced by Cisco:

  • CCT Examination has been updated

CCENT Design, Routing and Switching and Security are removed and CCT Routing & Switching (640 - 692 RSTECH) and CCT Data Center (010 - 151 DCTECH) are introduced.

  • Consolidation of all CCNA Certifications:

Cisco has merged all the previous CCNA Certifications (Cloud, Collaboration, Routing & Switching, Cyber Ops, Data Center, Industrial, Security, Wireless and Service Provider) into one, that is, 200 - 301 CCNA (Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions).



  • Introduction of CCNP Enterprise


Cisco has introduced a new certification called CCNP Enterprise. This certification is a combination of previous CCNP Routing & Switching, Wireless and Cloud Certifications.


  • Principally, 300 - 401 ENCOR examination is the first step to CCNP Enterprise Certification, CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure and CCIE Enterprise Wireless Certification.Examination 300 - 401 ENCOR

    • Examination 300 - 401 ENCOR (Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies) is a core examination required to earn CCNP Enterprise Certification followed by its concentration exam.

    • Also, 300 - 401 ENCOR is a written examination to earn CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure or CCIE Enterprise Wireless Certification followed by their respective Lab Examinations.

  • Introduction of Concentration Exam

Concentration exams are optional examinations. Cisco Aspirants needs to do one of the two exams to earn professional-level certification (CCNP). After the respective core examination for each CCNP Certification, Concentration exams take a deeper dive into a relevant and related technology to the core, allowing the candidate to choose a topic that is either of interest or related to his or her chosen technology area of focus.

There are concentration exams for five technology tracks in CCNP: Enterprise, Security, Service Provider, Collaboration and Data Center and multiple concentration exams for DevNet Professional Certifications.

  • No Prerequisites for CCNP Certifications

You can start wherever you want. There are no prerequisites for CCNP Certifications anymore. One needs to clear core examination and concentration examination for the respective certification.

But, it is recommended to have five to seven years of experience in the corresponding technology before attempting the exam.

  • New CCIE Versions are announced

    • One needs to give only one written examination (ENCOR 300 - 401 Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies) followed by newly introduced lab examination CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure v1.0 for CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure Certification and CCIE Enterprise Wireless v1.0 CCIE Wireless Certifications.

    • Following versions are announced of the CCIE Certification.

  • New CCIE Lab Examination Format

The previous CCIE Lab Examination tested you on troubleshooting, diagnostics and configurations of the network. It had been an 8 hours long examination divided into three modules.  

    • Module 1: Troubleshooting (2 hours +- 30 minutes)

    • Module 2: Diagnostic (60 minutes)

    • Module 3: Configuration (5 hours +- 30 minutes)

With the latest announcement, CCIE Lab Examination format has been changed. It tests you on designing, deployment, operation and optimization of the network. It is an 8 hours long examination with 2 modules.

    • Module 1: Designing (3 hours)

    • Module 2: Deployment, Operation and Optimization (5 hours)

  • Validity

All the Cisco Certification (including CCIE Certifications) are valid for 3 years from its passing date. Cisco has also introduced an option of continuing education for renewing your certifications at all levels.

  • Introduction to DevNet Certifications

Cisco Inc is now recognizing software skills with its DevNet Certifications!

With the latest announcement, Cisco introduces a DevNet Certification Program that empowers the organization to recognize software developers, DevOps engineers, automation specialists, and other software professionals. This program authenticates emerging technical skills of IT aspirants, the potential of applications, automation, and infrastructure for the network, Internet of Things (IoT), DevOps, and Webex.

The DevNet Certification Program trains and tests you on software development and design.

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this certification but a sound knowledge of Python programming and development with three to five years of experience in software development is recommended.

Validity: All DevNet Certifications are valid for three years.


Core exam

Recommended Training

Concentration exams (choose one)

Recommended Training

DevNet Associate

200 - 901 DEVASC

Developing Applications and Automating Workflows using Cisco Core Platforms



DevNet Professional

300 - 901 DEVCOR

Developing Applications Using Cisco Core Platforms and APIs

300 - 435 ENAUTO

Automating and Programming Cisco Enterprise Solutions

300 - 835 CLAUTO

Automating and Programming Cisco Collaboration Solutions

300 - 635 DCAUTO

Automating and Programming Cisco Data Center Solutions

300 - 535 SPAUTO

Automating and Programming Cisco Service Provider Solutions

300 - 735 SAUTO

Automating and Programming Cisco Security Solutions

300 - 910 DEVOPS

Implementing DevOps Solutions and Practices using Cisco Platforms

300 - 915 DEVIOT

Developing Solutions using Cisco IoT and Edge Platforms

300 - 920 DEVWBX

Developing Applications for Cisco Webex and Webex Devices

DevNet Specialist





300 - 435 ENAUTO

Enterprise Automation and Programmability

DevNet, Enterprise


300 - 635 DCAUTO

Data Center Automation and Programmability

DevNet, Data Center


300 - 735 SAUTO

Security Automation and Programmability

DevNet, Security


300 - 535 SPAUTO

Service Provider Automation and Programmability

DevNet, Service Provider


300 - 835 CLAUTO

Collaboration Automation and Programmability

DevNet, Collaboration


300 - 901 DEVCOR




300 - 910 DEVOPS




300 - 915 DEVIOT




300 - 920 DEVWBX




These changes will go live on February 24, 2020. However, exam topics and other information are now live. So brace yourself and get prepared to learn the cutting edge networking technology!

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