Cisco, the vendor behind the well respected CCNA certification, has announced a few major changes to their Voice certifications. The company has updated their Voice certifications to be more in line with recent advances in data, voice and video convergence. The two certifications that have been updated are the CCNA Voice and the CCVP certification. The CCNA Voice certification has been updated with new content and a new exam titled ICOMM v8.0 (640-461). The CCVP certification has been re-branded as the CCNP Voice and all five exams have also been updated. Both the CCNA Voice and CCNP Voice certifications are intended for people in IT who work with Unified Communication applications and voice networks.
Changes to CCNA Voice
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Voice certification validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to administer a voice network. The CCNA Voice certification demonstrates skills in VoIP technologies, such as IP PBX, IP telephony, handset, call control, and voicemail solutions.
The new CCNA Voice certification exam is called the “Introducing Cisco Voice and Unified Communications Administration (ICOMM v8.0) 640-461 exam. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of the architecture, components, functionality, and features of Cisco Unified Communications solutions. The ICOMM (640-461) exam replaces the IIUC (640-460) and CVOICE (642-436) exam.
The last day to test for the CCNA Voice certification using the IIUC (640-460) or CVOICE (642-436) exam is February 28, 2011.
Changes to CCVP, Now Called CCNP Voice
The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Voice certification, previously called the CCVP, validates advanced knowledge and skills required to integrate collaboration and voice applications into underlying network architectures. The CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) Voice is the next level up after the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Voice certification, which is a prerequisite to CCNP Voice. The CCNP Voice certification demonstrates that an IT professional has a strong and sophisticated skills set in implementing, operating, configuring, and troubleshooting a converged IP network. The CCNP Voice curriculum focuses on Cisco Unified Communications Manager (formerly Unified Call Manager), quality of service (QoS), gateways, gatekeepers, IP phones, voice applications, and utilities on Cisco routers and Cisco Catalyst switches. Additionally, the integration and troubleshooting of Cisco Unified Communications applications are now covered in the CCNP Voice, specifically the Cisco Unity Connection and Cisco Unified Presence applications.
Beginning March 1st, 2011 the following new CCNP Voice exams must be passed in order to earn the CCNP Voice certification:
- 642-437: Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Voice over IP and QoS v8.0 (CVOICE v8.0)
- 642-447: Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Part 1 v8.0 (CIPT1 v8.0)
- 642-457: Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Part 2 v8.0 (CIPT2 v8.0)
- 642-427: Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Communications v8.0 (TVOICE v8.0)
- 642-467: Integrating Cisco Unified Communications Applications v8.0 (CAPPS v8.0)
The last day to test using current CCVP exams is February 28, 2011. The CCVP exams consist of:
- 642-436: Cisco Voice over IP (CVOICE v6.0)
- 642-446: Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Part 1 (CIPT1 v6.0)
- 642-456: Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Part 2 (CIPT2 v6.0)
- 642-426: Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Communications Systems (TUC)
- 642-642: Quality of Service (QoS)
From now until February 28, 2011 candidates who take and pass the older exams (versions 6.0) will still receive the title of CCNP Voice. CCVP candidates can mix and match CCVP exams with CCNP Voice exams. For example, a candidate can take the old TUC and QoS exams and fulfill the other three exam requirements (CVOICE, CIPT1, CIPT2) with the new 8.0 versions. However, beginning March 1, 2011 Voice candidates must pass the new exams (versions 8.0) to become a CCNP Voice.
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