The CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) courses and certifications deal with training and attesting a network/ system engineer’s ability to design, implement, validate and troubleshoot LAN and WAN networks. Such professionals work in collaboration with video, voice and wireless solution specialists. Being an intermediate level certification, the Cisco CCNP certification is aimed at network/ system engineers having a minimum of one year of experience in networking and those who require working independently on complex networks further on.
The prerequisite for appearing for a Cisco Certified Network Professional Certification is a CCNA certification on Routing & Switching. The required examinations and trainings that need to be taken for attaining the CCNP certification include:
- 642-902 ROUTE – Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
- 642-813 SWITCH – Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)
- 642-832 TSHOOT – Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT)
642-902 ROUTE Exams
To appear for the 642-902 ROUTE Exams the candidate needs to have a valid CCNA certification course along with a networking experience of 1 year at least. This exam will be attesting an individual’s ability to design, configure, verify and secure WAN and LAN routing solutions via a range of routing protocols. Besides LAN and WAN routing solutions, the exam also encompasses the scope and application of solution configurations for supporting mobile workers and branch offices.
The prerequisite for the 642-813 SWITCH exams is the same as that of the 642-902 ROUTE Exams. By taking this exam the network/ system engineer has to testify his skills in planning, configuring and verifying complex switching solutions using the Cisco’s CEA (Campus Enterprise Architecture) along with securing integration of WLANs, VLANs, video traffics and voice in campus networks.
The criteria for being eligible for the 642-832 TSHOOT exams is also same as 642-902 ROUTE and 642-813 SWITCH exams. The professionals undertaking this exam will however have to testify their skills for the following:
- Plan for and perform maintenance of complex routed and switched networks in enterprises on a regular basis.
- Using ITIL compliance and technology based approaches for network troubleshooting.
The achievement of the CCNP certification validates professionals for enterprise roles such as support engineer, network engineer, systems engineer and network technician.
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