News Release

Cisco Enhances CCNA Training Curriculum

Latest Enhancements based on Customer Feedback; Benefits Individuals Entering Networking Field
Aug 11, 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif., August 11, 2004 - Cisco Systems, Inc., today announced enhancements to the CCNA® (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification training curriculum to reflect an increased focus on technology skills and provide increased support to new candidates entering the networking field.

The new structural changes to the training program are focused on the entry-level course, Introduction to Cisco Networking Technologies (INTRO), and include new hands-on lab exercises, built-in self-assessments, and an updated course design. These enhancements will help students better assess their skill level as they proceed through the course, reflect the latest technology updates, and be easier to navigate with the new, improved look and feel for better topic flow. The associated CCNA courses and certification exams will not be replaced and learning and exam objectives remain consistent.

"One of the leading factors contributing to the success of Cisco Career Certifications is a continued effort to evaluate and update the program based on industry changes and customer feedback," said Don Field, senior manager, Internet Learning Solutions Group, Cisco. "A year ago, we introduced enhancements to the CCNA program by launching the INTRO course and a two-exam option for earning CCNA. The enhancements to the CCNA curriculum, specifically INTRO, are designed to better enable candidates to master the skills they need to improve job performance."

About CCNA

CCNA certifications validate the foundation and apprentice knowledge of networking professionals. CCNA certified professionals can install, configure and operate LAN, WAN and dial access services for small networks (100 nodes or fewer), including these and other protocols: IP, IGRP, Serial, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLANs, RIP, Ethernet and Access Lists.

The recommended training for the CCNA certification is available from a global network of Cisco Learning Partners and the Partner E-Learning Connection. Training may be purchased via Cisco Learning Credits and are redeemable at Cisco Learning Partner locations worldwide.

About Cisco Career Certifications

The widely respected Cisco Career Certifications bring valuable, measurable rewards to network professionals, their managers and the organizations that employ them. Cisco offers three levels of general certification: Associate, Professional and Expert. Each is available in various tracks such as Routing and Switching, Network Security and Service Provider. A variety of Cisco Qualified Specialist focused certifications are also available to show knowledge in specific technologies, solutions or job roles.

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Training and Availability

Training may be purchased via Cisco Learning Credits which are redeemable at participating Cisco Learning Partner locations. Authorized Cisco training is available from a global network of Cisco Learning Partners and the Partner E-Learning Connection.

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