CCNA recertification

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Mar 25th, 2010


I received email from cisco mentioning that my CCNA certificate is expiring soon, since it is going to be three years.

The doubt which I am having is...

I have completed two Cisco CCNP exam a year ago(last one was 24 Oct 2008) and yet to complete two more exams. I would like to know whether I need to recertificate still for CCNA.

I am planning to do rest of two CCNP exam by middle of this year, but CCNA certificate is expiring by May 2010. Will I able to go with my plan even though CCNA is expired by that time. Or do I need to start from the begining for CCNP. i.e from CCNA to 4 CCNP exams.

Please clarify this.

Cisco Number is 10694003.



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Reza Sharifi Thu, 03/25/2010 - 18:06

Hi Siva,

Valid CCNA certification or any CCIE Certification can act as a pre-requisite for CCNP.  So you need to have a valid CCNA in order to get your CCNP.

Go ahead and recertify your CCNA first before it expires and then take the rest of the CCNP exams to be CCNP certified.

Here is the link from Cisco:



sivakumar.ks Thu, 03/25/2010 - 18:10

Thanks for the reply Reza. But I heard or read from Cisco website , if I wrote any one of the CCNP exam , my CCNA certificate will be valid for another 3 years. Is that been changed.


sivakumar.ks Thu, 03/25/2010 - 18:15

Reza ,

what this mean.


Complete one of the following recertification options:

  • Pass your current certification exam. For CCENT and CCNA, ICND 2 will also recertify.
  • Pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice)
  • Pass the current CCDA exam
  • Pass a current Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams)
  • Pass any Professional level exam bearing a 642 prefix ( I have completed two in 642 level exam )
  • Pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam

Achieving or recertifying any of the certifications above automatically extends your active CCENT, CCNA, and CCDA certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved



Reza Sharifi Fri, 03/26/2010 - 09:56


Yes, you are right.  I think since you already passed 1 or more of the 642 exams, then your CCNA is recertified  You just have to take the rest of the exams to be a CCNP.

Good Luck,


Just a verification/clarification.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong...

The OP's CCNA should be valid for three years from the date the last CCNP (642 series) exam was passed.

I just passed the Composite exam three days before the expiration date on my CCNA, April 4th(whew!) and my new CCNA expiration date is April 1st, 2013.


sivakumar.ks Wed, 04/07/2010 - 04:40


Now I understand were the problem is.

In 2003 I wrote CCNA and passed through vue. Since it got expired in 2006 I reappeared in 2007 for CCNA version 3.0 and passed the exam through prometric and after that I believe CISCO stopped exam through prometric and went through vue only.

2003 Certificate has following Name which is Sivakumar K Saravanamuthu and 2007 CCNA certificate got the name Sivakumar Saravanamuthu and CISCO ID for this is CSCO 11216500 .Vue CCNA old ID which is CSCO10694003 under this I passed two 642 exams. How do I request that to be changed in Vue.



sivakumar.ks Wed, 04/07/2010 - 05:54

Thanks Kevin , yes thats what I did?. I wrote them few min ago and going to scan my cert doc and forward to them.



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