Under the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification is the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) along with the four more professional certifications in order to become a full-pledged CCIE holder.
CCNP training certification distinguishes network specialists who can set up, construct, and troubleshoot both local and wide area networks for business undertakings, the same with small-scale organizations with networks from 100 to >500 nodes. CCNP is prerequisite for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. CCNA track provides a general idea of all the Cisco technologies comprehensively covered in CCNP.
There are two suggestive ways to obtaining CCNP certification, which are as follows.
Option 1 – is to make certain to pass these four exams: 1) Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI 642-801); 2) Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN 642-811); 3) Building Cisco Remote Access Networks (BCRAN 642-821); and 4) Cisco Internetwork Troubleshooting (CIT 642-831).
Option 2 – is to make certain to pass these 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).
Each of these exams includes items such as fill in the blank, drag and drop, multiple choice, and some simulations questions to test one s accurate knowledge and/or realistic experience. There may be around 55questions and given 75minutes only to complete. The certification is valid for 3 years. One needs to take either 642-801 and 642-811 exams or 642-891 composite exams when recertifying CCNP credential.
CCNP certification certainly adds value to the holder s professional status career-wise and money-wise. Also, great job opportunities (e.g., Level 2 Support Engineer, Network Administrator, Network Technician, Deployment Engineer, and Network Engineer) are waiting ahead for the CCNP holder.