CCNA about to expire question????

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Jan 18th, 2009

My CCNA will expire in May and I plan on taking/passing the BSCI in about a month. Will passing 1 of the CCNP exams extend the life of my CCNA? and if so, by how much?

I have this problem too.
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wesleyterry Sun, 01/18/2009 - 06:21

I'm pretty sure that passing the exam will renew your certification for three more years.

Any 642 professional exam, CCIE Written, or CCNA (CCNA, voice, security, wireless) will renew the certification.

Just do it before the CCNA expires, else you have to do the CCNA over.

rob.huffman Sun, 01/18/2009 - 06:55

Hi Bryan,

Just to add a clip to the great info from Wesley (+5 points my friend!)

CCNA Recertification

CCNA certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, either pass the current CCNA exam, or pass the ICND2 exam, or pass any 642 professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE written exam.

Hope this helps!


brycatanz Sun, 01/18/2009 - 06:59

Just so I'm clear, if I pass the BSCI or any other 642 pro exam, my CCNA is valid for another 3 years? Thanks

rob.huffman Sun, 01/18/2009 - 08:53

Hi Bryan,

You are most welcome! Best of luck with your upcoming studies.

Don't forget to start a little ahead of time just in case :)


bjssccouser Tue, 06/23/2009 - 08:27


I'm in a similar situation to this. I've passed my CCNA a couple years ago. I passed the BCMSN exam a couple weeks ago, however, when I lok on the Cisco Certification progress site, it still shows the CCNA due to expire 3 years after I first passed it.

I was just wondering, where the new expire date would be shown i.e. 3 years from passing my BCMSN? I can't see a date for this anywhere.


hpatial Wed, 08/12/2009 - 22:54

Hi Bryan

I have done CCNA couple of years ago but Now My CCNA exam has been expired. In which cert I have to go now. Pl tell me man.



brycatanz Thu, 08/13/2009 - 02:39

You will need to retake the CCNA if you want to continue on the Cisco path.

claudeshyu Mon, 08/31/2009 - 23:05

Take your own risk when trying to take CCNA(640-802). I felt somewhat betrayed after failed two times.

Here is my complaint to Cisco they are yet to reply.



Certificates Support/Manager,

I failed the 2nd times for CCNA single paper test 2 days ago (640-802) taken in Sydney under Pearson Vue test center. The complaint I am forwarding is pointing to the format or style of the exam. There are two very serious mistakes in the design of the format or structure that led to failure consequence as following:

1. One cannot either skip or return to the question if one has been thinking too long and want to leave it later for review. 640-802 I was taking twice and failed does not have this "review" option.

(This has been confirmed by staff at Pearson Vue in Sydney Centre I was taking the test.)

2. There is no question number in each question but only timer to count down to zero; only the total number of tests shown somewhere in the user acceptance page. That is not enough for candidates. Why? because without question number one is unable to predict and workout the best strategy to move on with respect to time left vs number of questions remain. I myself put an analogy to this as "one could not see the light in the other end of the tunnel. I am just keep walking in the dark."

If question number is clearly shown, I will predict "correctly" how long I should put in the rest of the test by dividing the total time left by the number of questions left to project the best time to move on. Your exam doesn't have question number shown means disastrous to time management.

That is the cause of my first and second exams failure despite I gained 200 more scores better than the first time and the failure is due to your format design mistake.

I dare to say I'll never retake CCNA 640-802 again should this problem not readdressed to and resolved by Cisco or I'll even pass to all my IT friends I know about not to take this test if no action is to be taken by Cisco.

I am here also formally request to recheck my test results for this. Not just a report of performance in each section of the exam that isn't correctly reflected how many questions I had done Pls kindly proceed for me.

Candidate name: Claude YU

Candidate ID: 214125504

Cisco ID: CSCO11599100

Lastly, I am formally request for refund for the my two exams I had been taking so far due to your serious design mistake.

Please reply in your earliest convenient.


Claude YU


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