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Cisco-trainingNetworks continue to evolve into a complex array of devices and systems. Cisco’s leading enterprise networking solutions help businesses around the world connect and collaborate. Cisco technologies are the worldwide authority in computer networking and have become the widespread choice to streamline and protect these networks. Because of this, Cisco professionals are highly valuable to organizations. 

Is Cisco training right for me?

Cisco training is geared toward IT professionals who manage and deploy Cisco products in their business environments. Cisco courses are helpful for a variety of roles, including:

  • Novice and experienced IT professionals
  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Cloud administrators
  • Cloud architects
  • Cloud engineers
  • DevOps engineers

Benefits of Cisco Training for Employees and Companies

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. Individuals who get formal Cisco training will:

  • Improve speed, depth and quality of all customer interactions
  • Learn to manage Cisco networks through labs
  • Experience real-life scenarios during their Cisco training
  • Build an effective workforce through network utilization
  • Exhibit higher productivity and fewer errors


New Cisco Certifications Coming in February!

Cisco announced a significant evolution of their certification tracks, set to release February 24, 2020. These changes will address the needs of the modern network, requiring both infrastructure and software expertise. This is Cisco’s biggest change to certifications in 25 years. New recommended training courses will be released in the coming months ahead of the new certification releases. Here is a quick summary of changes

  • New DevNet track of certification across all levels
  • CCENT entry level cert is being retired
  • CCNA will be consolidated to one certification, requiring one exam
  • 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 courses will roll out over the next 6 months, aligned with the new certifications
  • Recertification requirement will now be every 3 years

Have questions? Download the Cisco 2020 Certifications FAQ today!


New Cisco Certification Roadmap

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The current Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) will be retired. At the Associate level will be the new CCNA, which will validate a broad range of foundational knowledge and skills. It will have just one exam covering networking and security fundamentals, as well as automation and programmability. Previously, CCNA candidates typically had to take multiple exams to earn one of 10 different CCNA certifications. The new CCNA exam (#200-301) is scheduled to go live Feb. 24, 2020. The new CCNA will replace these current certifications:

  • CCNA Cloud
  • CCNA Collaboration
  • CCNA Cyber Ops
  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCDA Design
  • CCNA Industrial
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Service Provider
  • CCNA Wireless

There will be a new course coming out for CCNA, expected this summer, which will cover the foundations now covered in both ICND1 and ICND2, while the more advanced info in both of those courses will be moving to the new CCNP level courses, expected to release prior to February 2020.

There will be six CCIE tracks, and they no longer have dedicated CCIE written exams. Instead, candidates must pass the CCNP core exam and then take the 8-hour CCIE lab in the concentration of choice. For instance, to earn the CCIE Security you’d have to pass the CCNP Security core exam (SCOR 300-701) and then sit for the 8-hour lab, CCIE Security v6.0. That’s consistent across all the new CCIEs with the exception of CCIE Enterprise.

In the case of the Enterprise track, you have two options: CCIE Enterprise Wireless and CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure. Both of these tracks adopt the CCNP Enterprise exam (ENCOR 300-401) as their written exam, and then diverge at the lab requirement. They each have a dedicated lab requirement specific to the track: CCIE Enterprise Wireless v1.0 and CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure v1.0. Here’s the complete list of the new CCIEs:

  • CCIE Enterprise Wireless
  • CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure
  • CCIE Security
  • CCIE Service Provider
  • CCIE Collaboration
  • CCIE Data Center

Most CCNP certifications will also be retiring. Right now, networking professionals start a specialization track at the CCNA level. For example, CCNA Security leads to CCNP Security. However, after February 24, 2020, the one CCNA exam (200-301 CCNA) will cover networking basics and then you specialize at the CCNP level. You will be required to pass 2 exams: a core exam and one concentration exam. Here’s the complete list of the new CCNPs:

  • CCNP Enterprise
  • CCNP Security
  • CCNP Service Provider
  • CCNP Collaboration
  • CCNP Data Center
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional

Passing any one of these exams will earn you the Cisco Certified Specialist title in that concentration.
Passing the second exam will earn you the CCNP in that focus area.

Cisco is launching a new certification track — DevNet. The DevNet track will combine programming (primarily with Python) and infrastructure. There will be four levels to the DevNet track:

  • Cisco Certified DevNet Associate (CCNA-level)
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Specialist
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional (CCNP-level)
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Expert (CCIE-level) – Coming soon

These tracks follow the same conventions as the other five tracks. You can either take the associate-level core exam to get certified at the CCNA level, pass one exam to become a Specialist, or take two exams to earn the professional-level certification.

New Cisco Courses Available

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Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 3/02/2020 Online LIVE - Remote Learning (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 3/02/2020 HDL - All Locations (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 3/16/2020 Online LIVE - Remote Learning (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 3/16/2020 HDL - All Locations (Pacific Time)
Cisco® Implementing and Administering Cisco® Solutions v1.0 (CCNA) 3/30/2020 Online LIVE - Remote Learning (Pacific Time)

Cisco Certification Paths

Cisco offers globally recognized certifications for network design and architecture professionals. 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 Certifications for Organizations:

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 Certifications for Career Advancement:

  • 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

 Ready to take your Cisco knowledge to the next level or achieve your Cisco certification? Our flexible training methods let IT pros choose their preferred learning style, while our expert team helps maximize your certification budget by optimizing key training paths. 


Cisco Training From New Horizons

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. 


What kind of jobs can I get with Cisco certification?

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.

Build Skills as a Cisco Network Administrator in Preparation for your IT Career

Network 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. Growing and In Demand Careers Include:
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Help Desk Analyst & Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Technical Support Specialists
  • Computer System Analysts
  • Computer Scientist
  • Control System Computer Scientist
  • Scientific Programmer Analyst

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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.

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

Explore Cisco On-Demand Courses

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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300w_ciscoclcsUse Cisco Learning Credits

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.

Benefits of Cisco Learning Credits
  • 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

Learn more about Cisco Learning Credits

New Horizons Learning Accelerator Program

When you redeem your current Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs) with a New Horizons, you will be automatically enrolled in our Learning Accelerator Program, a rebate program that takes your CLCs and expands their value for future Cisco and non-Cisco training needs. As a Cisco Platinum Partner, Cisco’s highest learning partner designation, we are committed to your success. Two options for the New Horizons Learning Accelerator Program:

Option 1: New Horizons Training Credits

For every 10 Cisco Learning Credits - New Horizons Cisco Learning Partner Centers will provide $200 towards your next New Horizons course

Option 2: Additional Cisco Learning Credits

For every increment of Cisco Learning Credits redeemed with New Horizons, we will accelerate your return as follows:

  • For 100 CLCs redeemed – New Horizons provides you with 10 CLCs for future use
  • For 150 CLCs redeemed – New Horizons provides you with 15 CLCs for future use
  • For 200 CLCs redeemed – New Horizons provides you with 20 CLCs for future use



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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:


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