For a candidate to achieve pure success in acquiring CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certification, he/she must have firstly gained a solid foundation in CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification, and should be doing well in studying and reviewing for CCNP.
Basically, CCNP candidate is given two paths or options to attain CCNP credentials. These options are as follows. Option 1 specifically involves 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). In contrast, Option 2 involves passing 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).
Various efforts and modifications were made by the Cisco Systems to provide candidates all the access to essential training course products, support activities, and resources materials. For instance, some network simulator softwares were developed to give candidates a more in-depth understanding on how to manage and troubleshoot actual events happening in networking systems environments (dealing with events beyond those included in the usual lab exams). Changes in the curriculums or core exams were also made to include and provide further expert knowledge, skills, and tasks. Also, accessibility to review and training materials and activities have been made easier and faster. Resource materials and review or support activities can be obtained via online or through local authorized resource and review centers, mostly provided for free.
Much help and support are given to CCNP candidates succeed in CCNP exams. The result however, would still rely on the candidates, whether to use make use of these opportunities or not.