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Great News!Cisco is allowing Online Testing now, so no more waiting!

Cisco Online non-proctored exams are not new, Systems Engineer exams are a good example of non-proctored online exams that you can do it from your home. Today we are excited to announce a new option to help you meet your certification goals, particularly during these challenging times. Effective April 15, 2020, CIsco will begin delivering certification exams using online proctoring from Pearson VUE. Online proctoring provides you with the ability to pursue the new Cisco Certification exams including the new DevNet track without delay. You also can save time and money since no travel is required.

All written, proctored Cisco Certification exams can be taken online with a few exceptions:

  • 100-110 ENU CCENT (Invitation Only)
  • 352-011 ENU Cisco Certified Design Expert Practical Exam
  • 352-001 ENU Cisco Certified Design Expert Qualification Exam

Online proctored tests can be delivered in most countries around the globe. There are country exceptions for standard restricted countries and China, Japan and Slovenia.
Please note that while exams may be published in multiple languages, greeters, proctors and support staff speak English only.

Cisco Certifications have set the standard of excellence in the IT industry, and we continue to uphold that standard to ensure our certifications deliver the agility you need, the value you expect and set you up for success.

Is the exam price going up?

NO! It’s exactly the same price as if you attend a Pearsonvue Authorized center, however, have in mind:

  • You don’t need to travel, not more time wasted in commuting, fuel, and stress to be on time
  • Some Centers are really busy, so booking in advance is no longer needed

Cisco online testing requirements

To successfully test remotely, qualified candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Access to a quiet, private location
  • Reliable device with a webcam
  • Strong Internet connection
  • OnVUE software
  • Government-issued identification

Before you register, you must perform and pass a system check to participate in online testing.

F5 is committed to support candidates

The measures that local governments and businesses have made in response to COVID-19 have in many cases included restrictions to travel. F5 understands that this has greatly affected and limited our candidates’ ability to schedule and attend exam certification appointments.

We understand this global pandemic causes great stress and we don’t want to add any more stress to our candidates looking to renew their certifications. If you are unable to, or uncomfortable about, taking your re-certification exams, we do not want you to worry about the status of your F5 certification; please, simply take care of yourself and your family. Although we cannot provide an exact plan of action given the uncertainty about the scope and duration of the current situation, we want to assure you that no candidate will lose certification as a result of these extraordinary events.

In an effort to provide assurance during uncertain times, F5 is committed to support candidates’ careers through certification and contribute to their wellbeing. We are a strong community, and we will work together to get through this.

 

Please read here for more details https://devcentral.f5.com/s/articles/COVID-19-Response-F5-Certifications-Q-A

Cisco is extending the expiration date for all active certifications

The global pandemic has had an impact on every member of the Cisco Certified family. To support your certification goals, we’re extending the expiration date for all active certifications by six months (180 days) as of March 16, 2020. This covers all Cisco and DevNet Specialist, Associate, Professional, and Expert certifications as well as CCT and CCAr.

Your expiration date will automatically be extended, and there is no action required on your part. You will be able to check your personal certification manager page to validate your new expiration date within the next two weeks.

For more details and frequently asked questions, please visit our blog. We value your commitment to Cisco certifications during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Cisco extending the timeline for the CCIE certification

Cisco is extending the timeline for the CCIE lab exams and CCIE certification migrations, from February 24th to April 27, 2020. This means that you can take the existing CCIE lab before April 27, or choose to take the new CCIE lab on or after April 27th.

As you may be aware, on January 30, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. Cisco has a well-established process to coordinate our efforts during outbreaks like this, and they have been tracking the situation and taking appropriate action during recent days and weeks.  The safety of our  customers, partners and employees is always our priority.

One of the actions taken as a result of the continued spread of the virus, was to close CCIE labs in Hong Kong and Beijing, from February 1 through February 14, 2020. These closures impact the timeline for the transition of the CCIE lab exams planned on February 24, 2020, not just for those planning to test in Beijing or Hong Kong, but for  our customers globally  who have been affected by travel restrictions, business closures and other related circumstances.

Cisco made the decision to delay the migration of existing CCIE certifications to new CCIE certifications until April 27, 2020, when it will transition to the new CCIE lab exams. All other elements of the portfolio transition will take effect as planned on February 24.

 

For more details please read here Current CCIE Lab Exams Extended, Migration to Occur on April 27, 2020

 

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Juniper Cross-Track Recertification for Associate-Level Exams

Do you have an associate-level exam that is coming up for renewal? Rather than retaking the same exam, you can now recertify your certification by passing another associate-level exam.

On September 21, the Juniper Networks Certification Program (JNCP) updated the recertification policies to allow for cross-track recertification for all associate-level exams. If, for example, your JNCIA-Junos certification is coming up for renewal, consider attempting the JNCDA, the JNCIA-Cloud, or the new JNCIA-DevOps certification exam instead. If you pass, not only will you have earned a new certification, but you will have also recertified an existing one.

Plus, you’ll be on your way to earning our new JNCIAx3 or JNCIAx4 multi-certification badges.

Learn more on the JNCP Recertification webpage.

Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure 2018

Based on Gartner by 2020, only 40% of network operations teams will use the command line interface (CLI) as their primary interface, down from 75% in 2018.

Cisco still evolving their Unified Vison across the Campus with DNA Center and SD-Access solutions giving the full capabilities in one single pane of glass simplying the day-to-day operations.

Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure

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Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure 2018

Online proctored exams at Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE launched the Online proctored exams, what this means? You can do your exam at your office, home, etc. with a Proctor online to help if any issue arise (not exam related!). It has off course strict requirements (webcam,mic, etc), and after do some search only certain vendors allow this kind of exam, and Cisco, Juniper, VMware are out.

For more info read here