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Cisco has revealed major changes to its certification portfolio, as it seeks to address the education requirements of both the network professional and the software developer by streamlining existing certifications and launching brand new DevNet certifications.

As networks have changed, so too has the expertise needed to manage them. Here’s just a quick flavour of what’s new, as Cisco looks to address these emerging requirements.

The new DevNet certifications

First and foremost, there’s a new set of professional certifications for developers, addressing the needs of Cisco’s growing 6,000,000 strong DevNet developer community. 

The new Cisco Certified DevNet Associate, Specialist and Professional certifications will cover software development for applications, automation, DevOps, cloud and IoT. They will target software developers and network engineers, tasked with developing applications and automated workflows for operational networks and infrastructure.  

Some of the key points for these new certifications include:

  • Cisco Certified DevNet Associate certification – it covers the skills required to develop and maintain applications built on Cisco platforms, with one exam that covers the fundamentals of software development and design for Cisco platforms
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional certification – the programme certifies key emerging technical skills for a new kind of IT professional, empowering organisations to embrace the potential of applications, automation, and infrastructure for the network, Internet of Things (IoT) and DevOps. The certification requires the passing of two exams – one that covers core software development and design for Cisco platforms, and one concentration exam of your choice, allowing you to customise your certification to your area of focus. Each exam will also provide you with a Specialist certification
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Specialist training and certification programme – each DevNet Specialist certification connects development, operations, security and network operations, in environments focused on the continuous delivery of applications and services using Cisco platforms and devices. There is one exam for each certification, with a number of different certification options:
    • Automating and Programming Cisco Enterprise Solutions
    • Automating and Programming Cisco Security Solutions
    • Automating and Programming Cisco Service Provider Solutions
    • Automating and Programming Cisco Collaboration Solutions
    • Automating and Programming Cisco Data Center Solutions
    • Developing Applications using Cisco Core Platforms and APIs
    • Implementing DevOps Solutions and Practices Using Cisco Platforms
    • Developing Solutions Using Cisco IoT and Edge Platforms
    • Developing Applications for Cisco Webex and Webex Devices.

A Cisco Certified DevNet Expert (CCIE-level) certification is expected to be announced shortly.

Changes to existing certifications

In terms of other Cisco certifications, the changes include:

  • A single streamlined entry-level certification for the new Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), covering technology fundamentals for network engineers
  • The new Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) streamlined to just two exams – one to cover core concepts in a technology area and the second which provides the learner with an option to specialise in a specific area within a technology. The new programme will have a choice of five technology tracks, including Enterprise technologies (infrastructure and wireless), Service Provider, Data Center, Security and Collaboration
  • A new Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) that will still require two exams – although one will be the core exam for the selected technology area the other will the traditional 8-hour CCIE lab exam.

Cisco will also eliminate pre-requisites for certifications, meaning engineers can change career options without having to take a defined path.

Commenting on these changes, described as the biggest in Cisco certifications in 26 years, Mike Adams, Vice President and General Manager of Learning@Cisco said: “This certification evolution is the next step to reflect the critical skills network engineers must have to be at the leading edge of networked-enabled business disruption and delivering customer excellence”.

“To perform effectively in this new world, every IT professional needs skills that are broader, deeper and more agile than ever before. And they have to be comfortable working as a multi-disciplinary team including infrastructure network engineers, DevOps and automation specialists, and software professionals.”

If you want to know more about the new certifications and understand your migration options, don’t miss our webinar on 18 September.

Mel Jones

European Product Manager

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