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On the New Cisco CCNA Concentrations

This is hot off the proverbial presses: in keeping with recent industry trends among IT certification vendors to offer specializations for their mainline credentials, Cisco announced three new concentrations to extend their extremely popular (and respected) CCNA certification.

Here is how the new program works in a nutshell: in order to earn a CCNA concentration title, you must first qualify as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Once you have your CCNA in hand, you can then elect to take an additional computer-based test in one or more of the following three concentrations:

  • Security
  • Voice
  • Wireless

It should come as no surprise to you that Cisco performed a  great deal of industry research to determine that the security, voice, and wireless skill sets are among the "hottest" in the IT marketplace. Your own field experience probably bears out the same facts.

Not much is known as of today with regard to specific facets of each concentration. However, I will keep you apprised as more information becomes available from Cisco.

Regardless, you can rest assured that we will have lots of Cisco Press study and reference materials published in the coming months and years to support these new certification titles!

To that end, let me share with you the following set of recently announced titles from Cisco Press that support the new CCNA concentrations:

  • CCNA Security Official Exam Certification Guide: ISBN 10: 1587202204
  • CCNA Security Quick Reference: ISBN 10: 1587057662
  • CCNA Voice Official Exam Certification Guide: ISBN 10: 1587202077
  • CCNA Voice Quick Reference: ISBN 10: 1587057670
  • CCNA Wireless Official Exam Certification Guide: ISBN 10: 1587202115
  • CCNA Wireless Quick Reference: ISBN 10: 1587057654

In the meantime, please be sure to visit Safari Books Online to gain a head start on acquiring the necessary subject matter expertise in the IT security, voice, and wireless content areas.