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What does 200-301 mean for my CCNA Concentration Studies studies?

Cisco announced recently that the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician credential (CCENT) will be retired in February 2020. The revamped Cisco Certified Network Associate certification (CCNA), will include knowledge from previously separate but related CCNA concentrations as of February 24, 2020. The CCNA 200-301 concentrations will replace the CCENT credential in February 2020.
CCNA Cloud
CCNA Collaboration
CCNA Data Center
CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate)
CCNA Industrial
CCNA Routing & Switching
CCNA Security
CCNA Service Provider
CCNA Wireless
If you are currently studying network design in order to earn the CCDA credential you should be aware that the CCDA credential will be replaced by the primary 200-301 CCNA credential. This means that CCNA candidates who had previously been tested on routing and switching could now be tested on design principles and cloud technologies, collaboration technologies and security. The current exam topics include sections on security fundamentals, automation, programmability, and subsections on wireless architecture and wireless technology.
You might be wondering what happens to your credential after February 24, if you are currently studying for any CCNA concentrations being replaced by 200-301. Don’t worry. Cisco has a solution. Unlike the CCENT credential which is being retired, CCNAs will automatically receive the new CCNA credential and a training badge that represents their pre-Feb.24 concentration. If you pass the CCDA exam prior to its retirement, you will receive both the new CCNA badge and a CCDA Training badge.
You can still earn training badges after February 24, but you won’t be able sit for the 200-301 concentration exams. Cisco states in their certification FAQs that candidates can start earning training badges for courses taken after February 24, 2020.
Now that you have spent time and money studying to earn a CCNA concentration credential such as CCDA, are you unsure if you should continue on that path or wait until the 200-301 exam? Cisco advises that you keep going. You still have six months to complete your credential. You won’t regret all your hard work. After passing the concentration exam, you will receive the new training badge for your chosen concentration.
Keep going. Even though February 24, 2020 will be here before your eyes, you still have plenty of time to finish your concentration.