I like to keep my ear to the ground, and I’ve just found out a big change Cisco are making to the exam test update process. Previously, exams have been updated in a three-year cycle. In my experience, all the procrastinators left it until the last minute to study for the easier version.
Cisco has now announced the agile and modular approach to the curriculum which is being piloted with the CCIE Service Provider certification exam. If successful it will be rolled out to the other CCIE programs. They have not specifically stated that they will roll this out for the CCNP and CCNA, but it is the next logical step in my opinion.
The Agile Approach
The agile and modular approach to the curriculum means that regular minor changes to the exam syllabus can be made (every 12 months for the CCIE) which will all be assimilated into the major change every 3-5 years. A reasonable amount of notice will be given before the new changes are introduced.
“By instituting exam changes more frequently but in smaller amounts, we aim to keep IT professionals nimble in their ability to rapidly adopt and deploy new products and evolving technologies.” Cisco.com
Cisco is striving to keep their certifications relevant and valuable, so this is a logical step for them to take. It means that your job is about to get much harder if you tend to buy study guides or video courses but then put things off. If you string your studies out for 6-12 months you will find you have to learn new topics, buy updated books and of course, some of what you have learned will be retired. Bad news.
So, my advice is to panic early and get the certification done. If you want to study at your own pace, then check out Cisco CCNA Simplified.
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P.S. Here is the link to the Cisco article: