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Cisco platinum learning partnerWhether you are new to Cisco, or ready to advance your existing skills, New Horizons provides the necessary training to achieve Cisco certification. Our hands-on lab environments allow students to experience real-life scenarios during their Cisco training that can easily carry over to on-the-job skills. As a Cisco-Authorized training partner, New Horizons is a trusted training provider of Cisco technologies.

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Best Cisco Certifications for Your Career

The best reason to get certified in Cisco networking technologies is for career advancement. Here are the best Cisco certification paths to accelerate your career:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP Enterprise)

Finding the right Cisco certification path for you can be critical to your career in IT. Cisco certification demonstrates your Cisco expertise and certified professionals are highly recognized and sought after.

Is Cisco Certification Worth It?

Networking specialists are the unsung heroes of offices across the country. In many offices, work comes to a screeching halt if the network goes down. That’s why Cisco networking specialists are in such high demand—and that momentum isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. Network administration roles are an increasingly popular (and important) career choice. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028. With Cisco Certification, you can pursue a career as a network engineer, network administrator, systems administrator, and more. Here are 5 tips for landing a career as a Cisco Networking Specialist.

What is the average Cisco certified salary?

With Cisco Certification, you can pursue a career as a network engineer, network administrator, systems administrator, and more. According to, the average salary for a CCNA certification is $76,000.  

  • Cisco certification demonstrates your Cisco expertise
  • Certified Cisco networking specialists are highly recognized and sought after
  • Certified employees are able to command a higher salary
  • Certified Cisco networking specialists hold the knowledge to succeed

What jobs can I get with CCNA certification?

With Cisco Certification, you can pursue a career as a network engineer, network administrator, systems administrator, and moreNetwork administrator roles design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks, as well as perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. They may also design network and computer security measures, and research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Read Jobs You Can Get with Your CCNA


Cisco Certification Guide for Organizations

Individuals who get formal training on Cisco technologies demonstrate higher productivity, make fewer errors and possess more of the skills valued by employers and customers than those who receive only on-the-job training. If you have invested in Cisco technologies, then Cisco training and certification:

  • Provides the right skills to ease into deployment
  • Helps you use your Cisco products to their highest potential
  • Allows you to get the most out of your IT investment
  • Lowers downtime as skilled technicians handle issues when they arise
  • Increases customer satisfaction as problems are solved quickly

Cisco Learning Credits SAVE BUDGET

Through our partnership with Cisco, New Horizons offers Cisco learning credits to help organizations save on training with pre-paid credit bundles. With the integration of Cisco training into your network solution, your team becomes more efficient, granting your business a competitive advantage. Cisco Learning Credits may be purchased with any Cisco hardware, software, or services order, or they may be purchased on their own. They are sold in packs of 10, 100, 500 and 1500 and each credit is worth $100 towards training at New Horizons.

The benefits of Cisco Learning Credits include

  • Secure and establish your Cisco training budget up front
  • Increase administration efficiency as fewer purchase orders are generated for training
  • Upgrade your team with authorized Cisco training
  • Realize a fast return on your Cisco investment
  • Increase overall productivity and network uptime
  • Easily monitor Cisco training history and progress
  • Use credits for Cisco live events



Cisco Customer Loyalty Program

You can now earn Cisco Learning Credits with the Cisco Customer Loyalty Program. Reward points are assigned based on purchase of Cisco products and services. 100 loyalty points is equivalent to 1 learning credit. Organizations could be eligible for up to $300,000 in Cisco training dollars if the max tier is hit. You don't these training dollars to go to waste, read the FAQ page for more information. 

Unsure where to start? Contact your Cisco Account Manager. He/she will need to submit the nomination. 

Cisco Certification Overview Roadmap

The Cisco certification roadmap consists of CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE tracks. The CCNA has two tracks; generic and DevNet. The CCNP has 6 areas of expertise; Enterprise, Security, Service Provider, Collaboration, Data Center, and DevNet. When you pass any of the CCNP exams, you become a Cisco Certified Specialist. The CCIE track also consists of the same 6 areas of expertise. View the roadmap below or download the full roadmap and explanation of tracks in the Cisco Certification FAQ guide.


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New Cisco Certification Changes

Cisco released a significant evolution of their certification tracks on February 24, 2020. These changes address the needs of the modern network, requiring both infrastructure and software expertise. This is Cisco’s biggest change to certifications in 25 years. Here is a quick summary of changes:

  • CCENT entry level cert is being retired
  • CCNA Changes: CCNA will be consolidated to one certification, requiring one exam
  • CCNP Changes: CCNP will have only five concentration areas, requiring TWO exams
  • Specialist Level is earned after the first exam in a CCNP track
  • CCIE will require 2 exams, the first being a CCNP exam, the other a CCIE lab exam
  • New DevNet track of certification across all levels
  • Recertification requirement will now be every 3 years

For more on the top benefits of the new certification structure, DevNet certification, and other popular questions about Cisco's new paths read more about the 2020 Updates and Changes here.

If you have already begun your CCNP journey, Cisco offers CCNP migration tools to see how your work prior to the new exams maps to the new program.

Have Questions? Download the Full Cisco Certification FAQ Guide Today!


Cisco Certification Pre-requisites and Exams

Expand the tabs below to review the available certifications for Cisco, required exams and suggested courses for preparation.

CCIE certifications require passing the CCNP level core exam and then the CCIE lab exam for the same concentration:.

CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure


Take the Lab Exam

CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure v1.0

CCIE Enterprise Wireless


Take the Lab Exam

CCIE Enterprise Wireless v1.0

CCIE Data Center


Take the Lab Exam

CCIE Data Center v3.0

CCIE Security

Step 2

Take the Lab Exam

CCIE Security v6.0

CCIE Collaboration


Take the Lab Exam

CCIE Collaboration v3.0

Cisco On Demand Training Courses

Cisco On-Demand courses provide learners with all the benefits of an engaging instructor-led classroom experience, without the additional cost and inconvenience of travel. These high-definition video lectures are recorded in a professional studio, and include 24-hour access to our remote hands-on labs, which you can use to practice as you learn. Cisco On-Demand training courses strive to provide an engaging, interactive learning experience. This self-paced learning solution offers:
  • Anytime, anywhere access on any device
  • Professional HD (780p or greater) video lessons
  • Searchable, integrated transcripts with on/off
  • Progress tracking so you can close the lesson on your desktop and continue on your mobile device
  • Printable student materials (labs guides, PowerPoints, exercises)
  • Continuously reinforced learning objectives with hands-on, 24-7 access

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Key Features of Cisco On-Demand

Cisco On-Demand training is available on a subscription basis, as Cisco Digital Learning Libraries. Each 12-month subscription gives you access to a growing library of world-class technical courses ranging from product training and troubleshooting to certification training. Whether your workforce needs to prepare for Cisco certification or gain an overview of the latest technologies, Cisco Platinum Learning Libraries offer highly effective education and retention—at each student’s pace. From routing and switching to security, from collaboration to design, your workforce can get up to speed on Cisco technologies, anytime and anywhere!
  • Cloud-based eLearning delivery platform
  • Remote hands-on labs
  • Free community support

Key Benefits of Cisco On-Demand

  • Flexibility of time, place, and pace of learning
  • Comprehensive training catalog of product and certification training that support the needs of the individual learner
  • Just-in-time training based on learner requirements
  • Employee productivity gains
  • Operational savings from reduced travel and away time

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Cisco Instructor Led Training: In Person & Online

Instructor Led Training creates the atmosphere needed to be able to truly focus on and learn the material without distractions that come from self paced eLearning and workplace interruptions. IT teams and department staff typically learn more effectively together when in an instructor-led program. This shared environment fosters mutual support and enhanced collaboration. Instructor Led Training can be experienced the following ways:

  • OnLine LIVE® is our most popular learning method as you can participate in live instructor led courses from the comfort of your home or work office. Live training you want, using technology to teach technology.
  • Traditional Classroom Instructor Led Training is the foundation of our Integrated Learning Approach and gives beginners the energy and feedback of an in-person classroom setting, with the instructor in the same room as you.
  • Hosted Distance Learning is perfect for people who want the schedule of OnlineLIVE® and need the environment of a New Horizons learning center to study with other students.
  • Onsite Training allows organizations to bring world class trainers into their facility to train employees with reduced employee travel costs and interruption.
  • Dedicated and Custom Training at a New Horizons locations gives your team the focus and customization you need, at a world class training facility.

Taking a team-building approach gives your company added benefits that go beyond the class itself. Contact us today to learn more about instructor led training.

What Our Students Say

  • 79% of IT Professionals improved productivity from their training at New Horizons
  • 89% returned to New Horizons to further their skills
  • 90% of IT Professionals recommend New Horizons
  • 91% felt New Horizons content prepared them for certification
  • 92% took additional courses with New Horizons because of Instructor Quality
  • 98% would recommend New Horizons to others
  • 100% have increased their job security by taking a course

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Find A Cisco Training Location Near You

Ready to become a Cisco certified professional? Looking to advance your career or start a new one? New Horizons Learning Group provides a clear learning path and training for professionals looking to master Cisco. New Horizons Learning Group has 10 convenient locations in major west coast and southwestern cities. Each of our facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and well versed instructors. Most of our courses can be taken in person or online. We provide hosted long distance courses, online live, dedicated and onsite training for groups, instructor led courses, and even custom courses. Find one of our convenient locations near you and start learning today:



What Our Students Say About Cisco Training and Certifications

"I cannot tell you how much my skills from New Horizons has positively affected my life at work. The skills I've learned are going off the chart. New Horizons and OneStop gave me the opportunity for CompTIA Network+ and CCNA training which is making me glow at work. I am so appreciative to Lisa, Jeremy and Marcy from OneStop...oh and Marcus who is an awesome IT Mentor. My life has been forever changed. I strive to grow and learn everyday. It all started with my lay-off from Boeing. I thought my life was over. Not so. I am doing so well and I want you to share this with you. You’re awesome. I had to stop and say Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I was thinking of all my thankfulness as the year winds down."

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Career Development Student

Upcoming Popular Cisco Classes

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Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 3/01/2021 Online LIVE - Remote Learning (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 3/01/2021 HDL - All Locations (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 3/15/2021 Online LIVE - Remote Learning (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 3/15/2021 HDL - All Locations (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 4/05/2021 Online LIVE - Remote Learning (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Operating Cisco® Enterprise Network Core Technologies v1.1 (ENCOR) 3/08/2021 Online LIVE - Remote Learning (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Operating Cisco® Enterprise Network Core Technologies v1.1 (ENCOR) 3/08/2021 HDL - All Locations (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Operating Cisco® Enterprise Network Core Technologies v1.1 (ENCOR) 4/05/2021 Online LIVE - Remote Learning (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Operating Cisco® Enterprise Network Core Technologies v1.1 (ENCOR) 4/05/2021 HDL - All Locations (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Operating Cisco® Enterprise Network Core Technologies v1.1 (ENCOR) 4/12/2021 Online LIVE - Remote Learning (Pacific Time)

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