CCNP Certification

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.  There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Enterprise, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience in implementing enterprise networking solutions.. The CCNP certification is awarded after successful completion of one core exam (350-401 ENCOR: Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies)and one concentration exam. Please check out the blog article on available concentration exams here.

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 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 requirements?

As mentioned previously, to attain CCNP certification, you must pass one core exam and one of available concentration exams.please see ccnp preparation page for details). 

The practice tests provided by 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 CCNP Certification?

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?

If you 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 questions
Multiple choice multiple answer questions
drag-n-drop questions
Exhibit based questions
Flash simulations.

Is it available in other languages?

Yes, please check with official website.

How long the certification is valid?

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 years.

What other certifications are available from Cisco Systems?

The other certification available are CCDP, CCIE, and others.

Note: It is recommended to check with the official website for accurate and up-to-date information.


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