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Change in Huawei Certification Naming

Recently, an important announcement appeared on the Huawei website stating that, from 2. January 2019, the nomenclature of technical certificates will undergo changes. The manufacturer referred to this operation as “Huawei’s Certification System Upgrade”.

The purpose of this initiative is to reduce the number of certification categories and names from nine (HCNA, HCVA, HCNP, HCDA, HCDP, HCIE, etc.) to three (HCIA, HCIP, and HCIE). The letter ‘I’ appearing in the previous abbreviations stands for ICT, which is Information and Communications Technology.

Starting from the beginning of 2019, HCNA certificates (Huawei Certified Network Associate) will now be called HCIA (Huawei Certified ICT Associate).

Similarly, HCNP certificates (Huawei Certified Network Professional) will change their name to HCIP (Huawei Certified ICT Professional).

For HCIE certificates (Huawei Certified Internetwork Expert), the abbreviation remains the same, but its extension changes. From now on, the HCIE certificate should be understood as Huawei Certified ICT Expert.

Changes in the certification naming – table

Certification Naming until December 2018Certification Naming from January 2019
HCNA: Huawei Certified Network AssociateHCIA: Huawei Certified ICT Associate
HCVA: Huawei Certified Vertical Associate
HCDA: Huawei Certified Development Associate
HCNP: Huawei Certified Network ProfessionalHCIP: Huawei Certified ICT Professional
HCDP: Huawei Certified Development Professional
HCIE: Huawei Certified Internetwork ExpertHCIE: Huawei Certified ICT Expert

Key Questions

While the change in certification names is one aspect, it raises the question of what will happen to the certificates of individuals who still have active certifications?

Answers to these and other questions are provided below:

Will valid certificates still be respected by Huawei?

Huawei confirms that certificates will remain valid until their expiration dates.

Do changes in certification naming also imply changes in the exam content?

The change in certification naming has no impact on the exam content. Training materials for exams with the old naming convention are still available on Huawei’s website and remain valid for certification exams.

Do changes in certification naming also imply changes in the exam questions?

Changes in certification naming do not affect the content of exam questions.


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