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 CCNP - Related Terms
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Definition: CCNP - Cisco Certified Network Professional - is a computer network certification program administered by Cisco Systems. Cisco created the CCNP to recognize advanced skills in managing business computer networks using Cisco equipment.

Types of CCNP Certifications

While the CCNP was originally focused purely on networking routing and switching, Cisco has gradually expanded the program to include other specialty areas within the network industry. Eight different CCNP certifications exist:
  • CCNP Cloud
  • CCNP Collaboration
  • CCNP Datacenter
  • CCNP Routing and Switching
  • CCNP Security
  • CCNP Service Provider
  • CCNP Voice
  • CCNP Wireless
Each type of certification requires passing its own set of exams, usually at an authorized test center. For example, the CCNP Routing and Switching cert requires passing three test center exams covering Cisco IP routing, switched networks, and troubleshooting. for a total fee (in the United States) of $750 ($250 each). The Cisco Wireless cert requires passing four exams for a total fee of $1000.

In general, one must hold either an active CCNA or CCIE certification.to be eligible for a CCNP.

Studying and Taking CCNP Exams

As with all other Cisco certification exams, it's strongly recommended to prepare for the CCNP by reading study books, taking practice exams on the Web, and getting hands-on experience with Cisco equipment. Study materials and registration information for each type of CCNP can be found at Cisco Professional Certifications.

Jobs That Require CCNP

Corporations and other organizations that have medium or larger scale networks using Cisco routers and switches often seek IT professionals with CCNP certification. Typical job titles of CCNP professionals include:
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Analyst
  • Network Architect
  • Network Operations Manager
  • IT Program Manager
Many employers consider CCNP an optional but preferred credential in their hiring. Some reimburse their staff for the expenses of taking CCNP exams while employed.

Related Resources:

Cisco Networking Certification Resources
Additional background information on the series of Cisco certifications with links to study notes and practice exams.

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