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Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching (100-105 ICND1 & 200-105 ICND2) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

Who should take this CCNA Routing and Switching course?

New, aspiring or junior networking professionals should consider taking this course – particularly if the network you're working on is using dated Cisco equipment or running old versions of networking software. Plenty of organizations rely on older hardware and still have training and internal certification processes that use older training materials. If this course material matches your current tech, it covers a full year of experience managing routing and switching.

Are the CCNA 100-105 ICND1 & 200-105 ICND2 retired?

Yes, Cisco retired the CCNA Routing and Switching and its two exams (100-105 ICND1 & 200-105 ICND2) in February 2020. Cisco didn't retire the ICND1 and ICND2 because the information was incorrect or because the way of managing routing and switching changed drastically. Cisco retired those exams because of an institutional effort to clarify what an associate-level IT professional should know – the information on this course remains valid and useful for junior administrators.

Is it worth earning the CCNA?

Yes, it's absolutely worth earning the CCNA. Cisco's associate-level IT credential is one of the world's well-respected certifications. Earning the CCNA can help qualify you for jobs or help you get promoted, since most employers immediately recognize its value. If you plan to earn the CCNA, you'll want to consider taking one of CBT Nuggets' CCNA courses, as this course will not prepare you for the current CCNA exam.

How many CCNAs are there?

At the time of this writing, there is only one CCNA. Before 2021, Cisco had several different CCNAs, each from a different specialty of IT. In an effort to simplify and standardize the skills a junior Cisco administrator should know, Cisco consolidated all their CCNAs into a single, foundational certification. Their other two associate-level certifications are CyberOps Associate and DevNet Associate, which are highly particular to those fields.

How much does the CCNA cost?

It costs at least $300 to earn the CCNA because there's only one exam (200-301 CCNA) and no prerequisites. It's a 2-hour long test with 100-120 questions – you'll have a minute to answer each question. This course was designed to help you pass the CCNA Routing and Switching exams, but those have been retired. If you're interested in earning the most contemporary CCNA, CBT Nuggets has training for that exam.
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