1. What is CCNP Certification?
CCNP Certification is awarded by
Cisco Systems® and signifies the competency
achieved in installing, configuring, and operating LAN, WAN, and dial access
services in medium to large networks (500+ nodes or more), including use of these
protocols: IP, EIGRP, BGP, OSPF, Serial, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLANs, RIPng, Ethernet, Access
Lists. CCNA is a pre-requisite for CCNP certification. The CCNP
certification is awarded after successful completion of the following 4 exams:
1. CCNP Route (Previously known as Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks)
2. CCNP Switch (Previously known as Building Cisco®
Multilayer Switched Networks), Exam 642-813
3. CCNP TShoot (Previously known as Cisco® Internetwork
Troubleshooting), Exam 642-832
Please see CCNP
preparation page for details.
The certification exams are computer based, and conducted by
Sylvan Prometric and VUE testing centers. The certification, being widely recognized, offers improved job
prospects in the field of LAN, and WAN infrastructure installation and
maintenance using Cisco, and compatible equipment. The pre-requisite for
obtaining CCNP certification is passing CCNA exam, in addition to passing
all 4 exams (2 exams if you are pursuing the alternate track (using Foundations
exam) . The fee for each of these exams is about US$200. The tests
contains identification and situational questions. Recently, Cisco has
introduced Flash based
simulation questions in CCNP stream also.
2. What are the test
As mentioned previously, to attain
CCNP certification, you must pass 4 individual exams (or alternatively 2 exams,
please see ccnp
preparation page for details).
The practice tests provided by
SimulationExams.com covers the exam objectives thoroughly, and help in passing
the exams first time. You can down load the CCNP
practice test here.
3. How do I prepare for CCNA
Please visit the page CCNP
preparation written by our Cisco section guide.
4. Other CCNA Certification FAQ:
How long will
it take to prepare for CCNA certification exam?
are preparing for CCNA exams yourself (self learning), it is likely to take about
4-6 months of preparation (Assuming 3-4 hours of study per day). However, please
note that the preparation time greatly depends on your background. If you are
already involved in the networking technologies such as LANs, WANs, you may find it
easy, and may require only a few weeks of preparation. On the other hand, if you are new
to networking technologies, it may take about 6 months (assuming you
don't take any formal classroom coaching).
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What is the exam fee and who
conduct the exams?
The exam fee for CCNA exam is
about US$125. The exams are computer based, and Sylvan
Prommetric (and VUE) conduct these exams.
What is the format in which the
exams are delivered?
The exams are computer based, and
include the following question types:
Multiple choice single answer
Multiple choice multiple answer questions
Exhibit based questions
Is it available in other
Yes, please check with official
How long the certification is
The certifications offered by
Cisco Systems have limited validity (unlike Comptia exams, which have lifetime
validity). The validity of Cisco certifications is usually of 3 years. You need
to re-certify or achieve next level of certification to retain validity after 3
What other certifications are
available from Cisco Systems?
The other certification available
are CCDA, CCNP,
CCDP, CCIE, and others.
Note: It is recommended to
check with the official website for accurate and up-to-date information.