This year, Cisco streamlines its offering of CCNA and CCNP certifications. As convergence of technology and areas of expertise for IT professionals has become one of the biggest trends in the recent years, it didn’t make much sense to keep the voice and video as separate domains in terms of Cisco professional certifications. Since Cisco already had a highly reputable CCIE Collaboration certification, it was only a matter of time until Cisco decided to roll CCNA Video and CCNA Voice into one comprehensive credential: CCNA Collaboration. After all, what’s one without the other these days, right?
The same happens with CCNP Voice and CCNP Video – they become CCNP Collaboration. That’s right! CCNA Voice and CCNA Video certifications will be retired in August this year, and the new CCNA Collaboration is already available, with the first candidates already having taken the exam. More information about CCNP Collaboration is coming soon (April 2015, according to Cisco). Overall, the new Cisco collaboration certification strategy targets engineers who implement, configure, deploy and troubleshoot collaboration and communication infrastructures.
So far, the Cisco Collaboration exams are:
CCNA Collaboration Exams:
210-060 CICD – Implementing Cisco Collaboration Devices
Cisco 210-060 CICD exam contains 55-56 queries testing candidates’ knowledge of Cisco Unified Communications (UC) solutions. This includes solid understanding of administrator and end-user interfaces, telephony and mobility features, as well as Cisco Unified Communications solutions maintenance.
Cisco Exam 210-060 Topics:
- The Characteristics of a Cisco Unified Communications Solutions – 15%
- Provision End Users and Associated Devices – 24%
- Configure Voice Messaging and Presence – 27%
- Maintain Cisco Unified Communications System – 10%
- Provide End User Support – 24%
210-065 CIVND – Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices
210-065 CIVND exam queries cover knowledge and skills to implement various Cisco Video endpoints in converged Cisco video infrastructures. It also tests your ability to implement and troubleshoot Cisco Unified Communication and Collaboration, TelePresence, and Digital Media Player in different Cisco business video solution architectures.
- Video Concepts – 21%
- Endpoint Configuration – 32%
- Troubleshooting and Support – 31%
- Conferencing Concepts – 16%
Both 210-060 and 210-062 exams take 75 minutes each and contain up to 65 queries. Although these exams have been around for a while, apparently they have been enhanced to contain some concepts previously covered by CCNA Voice and CCNA Video certifications.
CCNP Collaboration Exams (Further details will be announced in April 2015):
- 300-070 CIPTV1 Implementing Cisco IP Telephony and Video, Part 1
- 300-075 CIPTV2 Implementing Cisco IP Telephony and Video, Part 2
- 300-080 CTCOLLAB Troubleshooting Cisco IP Telephony and Video
- 300-085 CAPPS Implementing Cisco Collaboration Applications
Stay tuned for more updates about Cisco’s new Collaboration strategy and other Cisco news!