Similar to that of Cisco® Systems, Juniper Networks’® Certification Program (JNCP) has several tracks, categorized by career path that are based on Juniper’s technologies, products and services. JNCP tracks include:
- Enterprise Routing and Switching
- Junos Security
- Service Provider Routing and Switching
- Data Center
Each certification requires one exam, along with any prerequisites.
Juniper certification holders has to recertify every three years to maintain their credentials and validity of the certification. This is similar to Cisco Certs that require recertification every 3 years. For Associate, Specialist and Professional certifications, credential holders must pass the current exam. Unlike other IT certification programs, however, passing an exam (or taking an approved course) also renews all lower-level certifications achieved on the same track.
The Juniper Networks Certified Associate – Junos (JNCIA-Junos) is the entry-level certification for most of the company’s network engineer certifications.
This certification is geared toward individuals who have basic experience with the Juniper Networks Junos OS, and understand the fundamentals of networking, routing and switching. You must obtain this certification to advance to the Specialist, Professional and Expert certs in the Service Provider Routing and Switching, Enterprise Routing and Switching, and Junos Security tracks.
The JN0-102 exam has 65 multiple-choice questions and takes up to 90 minutes to complete.
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JNCP® Enterprise Routing And Switching Track
The JNCP Enterprise Routing and Switching track is useful for individuals proficient in networking technologies in general and Juniper Networks’ enterprise routing and switching platforms specifically. The four certifications in this track form a certification ladder, with each certification acting as a prerequisite to the next cert in the sequence:
- Juniper Networks Certified Associate – Junos (JNCIA-Junos)
- Juniper Networks Certified Specialist Enterprise Routing and Switching (JNCIS-ENT)
- Juniper Networks Certified Professional Enterprise Routing and Switching (JNCIP-ENT)
- Juniper Networks Certified Expert Enterprise Routing and Switching (JNCIE-ENT)
Junos® Security Track
Junos’ Security certifications include Associate, Specialist, Professional and Expert levels. The first step is the associate-level JNCIA-Junos certification. It’s a prerequisite to the next certification, the Juniper Networks Certified Specialist Security (JNCIS-SEC). This intermediate-level certification is applicable to candidates who configure and troubleshoot Junos’ software for SRX Series devices, and understand security technologies.
Number of Questions: The JN0-332 written exam takes up to 90 minutes and consists of 65 questions.
Junos® Service Provider Routing And Switching Track
Like other Juniper Networks certification tracks, the Service Provider Routing and Switching track has Associate, Specialist, Professional and Expert certifications. JNCIA-Junos is the foundational certification from which a candidate can achieve the Juniper Networks Certified Internet Specialist (JNCIS-SP), then Juniper Networks’ Certified Internet Professional (JNCIP-SP) and the Juniper Networks Certified Internet Expert (JNCIE-SP) credentials.
Junos® Data Center Track
The Data Center track is the newest addition to the Juniper Networks Certification program. Professionals with a certification in this track deploy, configure and manage data center technologies and the Junos OS as well as troubleshoot issues. There are currently only two certifications available for this track – the Juniper Networks Certified Professional Data Center (JNCIP-DC) and the associated Expert-level certification (JNCIE-DC).
The JNCIP-DC certification takes on the Juniper Networks Certified Specialist Enterprise Routing and Switching (JNCIS-ENT) certification as a prerequisite, and requires candidates to pass one exam. Candidates are expected to understand chassis fabric (physical and virtual), and data center interconnects and more.
Number o f Questions: The JN0-680 exam has 65 questions and takes up to 120 minutes to complete.
At the Expert level is the JNCIE-DC, which recognizes professionals who build, configure and manage data center networks that include Juniper Networks’ MX Series and QFX Series devices. They must also thoroughly understand several other technologies, such as Clos IP fabric, Ethernet VPNs, virtual extensible VLANs and Class of Service (CoS) features.
Lab: Candidates must pass an eight-hour lab exam. This is similar to other “Expert” level certs in Juniper track.
Cost of Juniper Certification Exams:
- Associate-level certification exams cost $200,
- Specialist exams are $300 and
- Professional exams are $400, all of which are offered through Pearson VUE.
Expert-level certifications require a hands-on lab exam, which costs $1,400 and is available only at select Juniper Network testing centers.
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