Cisco IT professionals need to understand the vendor's new certification framework.

Lynn Haber

July 3, 2019

2 Min Read
Certified, certifications

Global Knowledge, the IT skills training company, this week announced, Cisco Certs 2020, a centralized location for all Cisco certification news to help IT professionals make sense of the new Cisco certification framework introduced at Cisco Live in June. 

Driven by its intent-based networking strategy and its impact on organizations as they transform to digital businesses, Cisco is making major changes to its certification framework, more importantly by bringing DevOps practices to networking.  


Global Knowledge’s Lisa Jones

“Technology is only as powerful as the people trained to use it, so we are helping organizations understand the changes, so they can more easily invest in their people to become master Cisco technologists and deliver on business objectives,” said Lisa Jones, global product director for Cisco at Global Knowledge. 

Cisco’s certification news fell into three buckets: a single community for network professionals and software developers; the addition of DevNet certifications in Cisco’s certification program and training, designed for both the network professional and software developer; and the DevNet Automation Exchange, a shared code repository.

Global Knowledge’s new Cisco Cert 2020 location explains changes in Cisco’s certification framework, maps the new certifications and aligns them to the up-to-date training courses. 

For starters, Cisco pros should know that the company introduced new training and certifications in five key technology tracks and introduced DevNet as a new focus area.

Here’s more info Cisco released on the new certifications:

  • New DevNet certifications to validate software professionals with DevNet Associate, DevNet Specialist, and DevNet Professional certifications — all intended for software developers and network engineers who develop applications and automated workflows for operational networks and infrastructure.

  • Streamlined Cisco certifications to validate engineering professionals with Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Specialist certifications as well as Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) in enterprise, data center, service provider, security and collaboration.

  • The expansion of Cisco Networking Academy offerings to train entry -evel network professionals and software developers. Courses prepare students to earn Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Certified DevNet Associate certifications. 

Global Knowledge provides IT pros with detailed insight on the six new technology tracks (five network infrastructure plus the new DevOps) including key program updates such as exam availability, new course rollouts, recertification options and retirement dates for current exams.

Cisco also offers comprehensive information for IT pros on the program updates, certifications, training, recertification and how to stay informed.

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Lynn Haber

Content Director Lynn Haber follows channel news from partners, vendors, distributors and industry watchers. If I miss some coverage, don’t hesitate to email me and pass it along. Always up for chatting with partners. Say hi if you see me at a conference!

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