Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Certification

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Nikhil P Naik

The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification helps in validating the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. It is the second stage of the Network Installation and Support track after the CCNA certification. The creation of the CCNP certification is to recognize advanced skills in computer networking, particularly for installation and support of medium-sized LAN/WAN networks (having 100-500 nodes). The main focus of CCNP is on routing and switching of scalable networks including intranets and campuses.

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The prerequisite is that one must hold an active CCNA certification to be eligible for a CCNP. After attaining a CCNP certification, one may choose to progress to the even more advanced and prestigious CCIE certification. To obtain a CCNP, the candidate has to complete either two or four exams that cover routing, switching, remote access, and network support. In total, the exams cost approximately $500 (USD).

As it is with all other Cisco certification exams, it is strongly recommend that the candidate prepare for the CCNP by reading study books, taking practice exams on the Web, and getting hands-on experience with Cisco equipment. At least one year of networking experience is considered appropriate for those taking the CCNP certification; even those who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions, this certification is an added benefit. Those who have achieved the CCNP have demonstrated the skills required in enterprise roles such as network technician, support engineer, systems engineer or network engineer.

The initials “CCNP” after your name are more valuable now than ever as it lays emphasis on the skills required to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks. The CCNP Certification is spread into three parts, which are CCNP Route, CCNP Switch and CCNP T-Shoot. There is no specific approach for the CCNP TSHOOT exam that Cisco doesn’t promote. It is important that you are consistent in your troubleshooting methodology by following a structured approach.

It is a closed book exam and outside reference materials are not allowed. The following topics are general guidelines for the content that is likely to be included on the practical exam.

The CCNP certification requires the candidate to pass the following exams:

The ROUTE 642-902 exam has well-written, technically accurate questions and answers, which are divided into three individual exam simulations.

This SWITCH 642-813 exam simulation includes well-written, technically accurate questions and answers, which are divided into three individual practice exams.

The TSHOOT 642-832 exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills required to (a) plan and perform regular maintenance on complex enterprise routed and switched networks and (b) use technology-based practices and a systematic ITIL-compliant approach to perform network troubleshooting.

The CCNP Certification is highly valued to organizations as it improves productivity and performance of their network staff, gives better return on investment in network infrastructure, helps in reducing costs through better maintenance and troubleshooting, and last but not the least, it increases customer satisfaction through better service and support.

About the Author: The author of this article is associated with inter-networkz, a very reputed network and security training Provider Company. They conduct various network and security certification courses such as CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE Trainings in India.

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About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has finished his graduation in the field of IT and is currently mastering at the University of South Florida. He also loves watching cricket, listening to music and travelling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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