CCNP serves as the middle layer between CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and achieving CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certification with CCNA being the foundation and CCIE as the ultimate goal, respectively. To excel and pass CCNP exams, the candidate must first have done extremely well in his/her CCNA training course. And in the effort of exceeding the CCNP exams, the candidate must have reviewed everything that was covered in both CCNA and CCNP.
For a candidate to succeed in CCNP training course, he/she is given two paths or options to decide on. Option 1 would include passing four exams: 1) Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (or BSCI 642-801); 2) Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (or BCMSN 642-811); 3) Building Cisco Remote Access Networks (or BCRAN 642-821); and 4) Cisco Internetwork Troubleshooting (or CIT 642-831). On the other hand, Option 2 requires the candidate to pass three exams: 1) Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks and Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (642-891 Composite); 2) Building Cisco Remote Access Networks (BCRAN 642-821); and 3) Cisco Internetwork Troubleshooting (CIT 642-831)
Whichever path or option the candidate may decide to take on, the candidate still has one fundamental consideration to make, which is having a solid foundation in CCNA training course. Basically, having a solid foundation in CCNA secures one s chance to become successful in taking CCNP track and exams, and so therefore completely obtaining CCIE credentials. CCNP exams can be tough and so every study or review required must be taken seriously.
Cisco Systems has even made various endeavours and changes in order to provide candidates free access to all necessary training course products, materials, and support activities. Dedicated time, and quality and quantity of efforts are all critical in attaining success in CCNP exams.