On March 26, 2013, Cisco announced updates to their associate-level certifications. CCENT is now the only prerequisite certification for the newly-created CCNA Routing & Switching certification (formerly CCNA) as well as the CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Security, and CCDA certifications. The changes reflect the evolving job market and the latest Cisco technology, including IOS v15, IPv6 Support, IOS licensing, and a simplified 802.1x security implementation. For full details, visit ciscopress.com/ccna.
The Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) is an associate- or foundation-level Cisco certification. Credential holders possess the skills required to design a Cisco converged network, including network infrastructures involving LANs and WANs. CCDA professionals perform basic functions required to design Cisco converged networks, including basic campus, data center, security, voice, and wireless networks.
• Prerequisite Certification: CCDA currently has no prerequisites. Effective October 1, 2013, CCDA will require prerequisites of CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or CCIE/CCDE Certification.
• Recommended Years of Experience/Knowledge: 4 years
Typical Job Titles for Certification Holders
Network Engineer/Sr. Network Engineer • Systems Engineer/Sr. Systems Engineer • Sales Engineer/Sr. Sales Engineer
Typical Job Tasks
CCDA professionals perform basic functions required to design Cisco converged networks including basic campus, data center, security, voice, and wireless networks.
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