To get a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification, a candidate should have constant exposure on how to install, configure and troubleshoot network systems. This working knowledge will give an individual a definite edge over other CCNP hopefuls. However, if one lacks experience, the best thing to do is to sign up and attend CCNP courses to enhance his or her networking competencies.
Most training institutions offer CCNP 1, with Advanced Routing as its course description. CCNP 1 s target audiences include individuals who would like to have a post-CCNA career as a network technician, network administrator or network engineer. Work experience is indeed beneficial for those who are taking up CCNP 1 as they can apply what they learn each and every day. Since CCNA is the prerequisite for CCNP, all students should have attained CCNA certification, though at times not being required by some institutions.
CCNP 1 introduces IP network scaling to students, with topics that include VLSM, NAT optimized IP address utilization and private addressing. In addition to relaying important techniques for route redistribution and filtering, majority of the course content is related to implementing BGP, EIGRP, RIPv2, IS-IS and OSPF routing protocols. As a result, participants are expected to perform any of the following networking tasks to assess their readiness in taking up the CCNP exam:
(a) design and implementation of LAN, WAN and remote access networks,
(b) utilization of multilayer switching technology,
(c) creation and deployment of a global intranet,
(d) troubleshooting environments that use Cisco routers and switches and
(e) implementation of technologies that lead to a scalable routed network.
This only goes to show how critical the role of training is in achieving CCNP certifications.