After November, it will be much more difficult to earn your Cisco CCNA because of a major update.
This update will indeed make it more difficult to attain a CCNA and for good reason!. Many people are just getting their CCNAcertification and stopping (not moving on to the CCNP, CCSP, or whatever).So Cisco decided, if that's all your going to do, thenwe'll make it so you really have an idea of what you're doing!
The CCNA certification has been split into two exams: ICND1 and ICND2. Because they have added so much information, Cisco hasreleased a lower-level cert to the CCNA: the Cisco Certified Entry Level Tech CCENT. If you pass the ICND1 exam, you get this newcertification. Passing ICND1 and ICND2 gives you the CCNA certification.
ICND1 really focuses on the smaller network environment. You'll need to know the basics of routing, switching, and wirelesstechnology. Also new to the scene is the Cisco Security Device Manager SDM graphic interface for managing your routers. Most of whatthe CCENT-certified person is able to do is done in the GUI. Command-line is typically used for verification.
ICND2 is where the rubber meets the road. Much of what used to be only in the CCNP track has moved into this exam - it is primarilyfocused around things like Access-lists, VLANs, Rapid STP, and NAT. Not to mention some advanced routing protocol config (OSPF /EIGRP).