About CCNP™ certification:
CCNP - Cisco Certified Network Professional is an advanced level Cisco certification. Getting CCNP certified ensures that the candidate is knowledgeable to plan, configure, and operate routed WAN, switched LAN, and Remote Access networks using Cisco products. A CCNP certified professional is proficient and have working or advanced knowledge with TCP/IP, IPX, and AppleTalk network environments. The routing protocols covered under CCNP include RIP v1, RIP v2, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS, BGP (both iBGP and eBGP), AppleTalk, and IPX routing. CCNP certified professionals can work with complex (100 - 500 nodes) LAN/WAN technologies including Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, X.25, Frame Relay, and ATM.
CCNP™ constituent exams:
CCNP certification is awarded by Cisco® on passing four individual exams as below:
1. CCNP BSCI Exam BSCI 642-801, 640-901(retired)
2. CCNP Switching Exam
3. CCNP Remote Access Exam
4. CCNP Support Exam
Please note that the exam CCNP/CCIP BSCI Exam replaces the earlier
(640-901). The exam 640-901 is no longer available. Note that the exams BSCI 642-801 (old 640-901), Switching 642-811 (old 640-604), and Remote Access 642-821 (old 640-605) also count toward CCDP certification.
Alternately, CCNP can be achieved by passing the following three exams.
1. 642-891 Composite
2. 642-821 BCRAN
3. 642-831 CIT
The following track was available till recently and since been discontinued:
1. 640-841 Foundations Exam - Note that the exam 640-841 replaces the earlier
640-509. The syllabus for 640-841 is cumulative syllabus of CCNP BSCI, CCNP Switching, CCNP Remote Access exams. Therefore, it is relatively difficult to prepare for the Foundations exam. Unless you have a good hands on experience with Cisco routers, switches, and access servers it is recommended to take individual exams. The exam 640-841 Foundations also count toward CCDP certification.
2. 640-606 Support Exam
Pre-requisites for appearing for CCNP™ certification:
A candidate aspiring to become a CCNP need to pass CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate exam as this is a pre-requisite for obtaining CCNP.
IV. Validity of CCNP™ certification:
CCNP certification is valid for a period of 3 years. A CCNP certified candidate is required to re-certify within a period of 3 years. The certification validity is renewed automatically if 1. By upgrading the certification level (say by obtaining CCIE) or 2. By getting re-certified. A CCNP candidate is recertified by passing the 642-891 Composite (old: "640-851 CCNP Recertification") exam. Also, re-certifying at CCNP level automatically renews CCNA certification validity also.
V. Product pages:
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CCNP BSCI Exam (BSCI 642-801 old:640-901)
CCNP Switching Exam (SWTCH 640-604)
CCNP Remote Access Exam (RMTAC 640-605)
CCNP Support Exam (SUPRT 640-606)
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