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Cisco announced new exams for three tracks today: CCNA Voice, CCNP Voice, and CCNP Security.

Both the CCNA and CCVP tracks had major changes announced, updating the curricula to cover the Cisco 8.x voice product line. CCNA Voice had the most changes, with the roll out of the new Introducing Cisco Voice and Unified Administration (ICOMM) exam 640-461. Where the old track provided candidates with a choice between the IIUC and CVoice exams to obtain their CCNA Voice certification, the revised track gives candidates only one exam option. The new ICOMM exam covers a broad range of Cisco IP Communications applications, including CUCM, CUCM Express, Unity Connection, and Presence. The old CCNA Voice exams will retire at the end of February 2011.

Pearson will be releasing study materials for the new ICOMM exam over the next several months. A CCNA Voice Quick Reference is planned for publication in March 2011, and look for the Rough Cut version of the new CCNA Voice Official Certification Guide in January 2011.

In addition to updating the CCNA track, Cisco also released new 8.0 exams for the former CCVP track, renaming the track CCNP Voice. The core three courses for this certification remain relatively unchanged (CVoice, CIPT1, and CIPT2) with most of the updates focused on bringing the exams in line with the latest software releases. CVoice has the most change, eliminating some of the gatekeeper detail and much of the H.323, MGCP, and SIP coverage. New topics include CUCME and QoS. The QoS exam has been eliminated from this track, with the QoS coverage mostly being integrated into CVoice. The TUC exam has changed to TVoice, and a new exam has been introduced: Integrating Cisco Unified Communications Applications (CAPPS). As the name implies, this new course focuses largely on integration of Cisco 8.0 voice applications.

All the older CCVP exams are scheduled to retire at the end of February 2011.

Pearson has plans to publish study materials for the new CCNP Voice track in the coming months. We will publish electronic Quick References for all five exams in December and January. We will publish revisions to the best selling CVoice, CIPT1, and CIPT2 Foundation Learning Guides in April 2011, with Rough Cut versions available for these titles starting in December 2010.

On the security side, Cisco announced updates to their CCSP track, renaming it CCNP Security. They did a great job consolidating the exams for this track. Unlike the previous requirements, they have done away with the electives, focusing on the core IOS and ASA security features. The new track requires passing four new exams: SECURE (an updated version of SNRS), Firewall, VPN, and IPS. Old CCSP exams are slated to retire in April and May of 2011.

There are no updates to the CCNA Security track at this time. 

Pearson is hard at work updating CCNP Security materials. We will be releasing new electronic Quick Reference products for each of the four required exams in November, December, and January. We've had lots of requests for more robust study materials for this track, and we are responding with print study guides for all four exams. The print versions are currently planned for April 2011, with Rough Cut versions coming out by December.