Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Certification

  1. CCNP Information

What is the CCNP certification?
The CCNP certification (Cisco Certified Network Professional) is Cisco's core, professional-level, networking certification. Candidates who earn this accreditation are able to plan, install, configure and troubleshoot LAN's and WAN's, and can do so for small and large enterprises alike. As well as the core CCNP certification track, there are an additional 6 specialist CCNP tracks available for candidates wishing to specialise. They are:
Who is the CCNP certification for?
The CCNP certification is intended for network engineers/technicians/administrators with at least one year of practical experience who wish to expand their skill set and develop the ability to work on complex networking solutions.
Are there any prerequisites to the the CCNP certification?
Yes. In order to take the CCNP exams candidates must first hold a valid CCNA Routing and Switching certification or any valid CCIE certification.
How do I earn the CCNP certification?
In order gain the CCNP certification candidates must pass three exams:

642-902 ROUTE - Implementing Cisco IP Routing - 120 minutes, 45-55 questions
642-813 SWITCH - Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks - 120 minutes, 35-45 questions
642-832 TSHOOT - Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks - 135 minutes, 35-40 questions

The CCNP exams can be taken in any order and the exams themselves are a mix of multiple choice, simlets, simulations etc.
What is the passing score?
Cisco do not publish the passing scores for their exams, but the exams are scored on a scale of 300-1000. Typically, candidates can expect to score at least 850 points to pass. Questions are scored, or weighted, differently depending on the overall difficulty of the question.
What if I fail?
If you fail any of the exams you must wait for 5 business days (i.e. one calendar week) before taking the exam again. You must also pay the applicable exam fee again.
What does the exam cost?
The cost of your exam can differ depending on your location and/or the currency exchange rate at the time of booking, however Cisco offer a brief summary of the cost of their exams on this page. You should contact your nearest testing station as early as possible to confirm exam availability as well as the current cost.
Where can I take the CCNP exam?
Candidates can book their exam through any Prometric or Pearson VUE testing centre. You will need to register before taking the exam. Your local Pearson VUE facility can provide more information on registration requirements.
Are there any recertification requirements?
CCNP certification is valid for three years, after which time recertification is required if an individual wants to remain CCNP certified. There are a number of options available to candidates wishing to keep their CCNP qualification current. You can read more on those options here.