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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification

The CCNP Routing and Switching certification is appropriate for those with at least one year of networking experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions. Those who achieve CCNP Routing and Switching have demonstrated the skills required in enterprise roles such as network engineer, support engineer, systems engineer or network technician.

Beginning January 30, 2015, 300-101 ROUTE, 300-115 SWITCH and 300-135 TSHOOT exams will be the only exams available for registration.

Now, candidates can get 300-101 ROUTE, 300-115 SWITCH and 300-135 TSHOOT information with the following links.

300-101 ROUTE Implementing Cisco IP Routing

300-115 SWITCH Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks

300-135 TSHOOT Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT)

 

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Benefits of New CCNP Routing and Switching Certification

CCNP Routing and Switching certification offers professional job-ready training and skills that will help you to get a job as network administrator, network engineer, or network analyst.

The new curriculum includes Cisco switches, routers, basic mitigation of security threats, and introduction to newly added technologies, DMVPN, StackWise, VSS, and IPv6 expansion and performance-based skills. The curriculum also covers the use of the following protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Serial Line Interface Protocol, VLANs, VTP, STP, PVST, MST, Ethernet channels, and network security technologies. The curriculum also includes extensive troubleshooting on described technologies.

The major and exciting new change comes in form of labs that importantly increase training effectiveness: discovery labs enable students to learn about principles and technology in an even more interactive, hands-on approach, whereas challenge labs test students’ newly gained knowledge on real-life scenarios.

 

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Paths of Getting CCNP Routing and Switching Certified

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching certification validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. The CCNP Routing and Switching certification is appropriate for those with at least one year of networking experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions.

Those who achieve CCNP Routing and Switching have demonstrated the skills required in enterprise roles such as network engineer, support engineer, systems engineer or network technician. The routing and switching protocol knowledge from this certification will provide a lasting foundation as these skills are equally relevant in the physical networks of today and the virtualized network functions of tomorrow.

In the CCNP Routing and Switching program, you will cover:

Implementing secure, IPv6-enabled LAN and WAN routing solutions to support today’s business-critical services and widespread adoption of BYOD across the enterprise
High availability, switch virtualization and scalable VPN technologies needed to support branch offices and to enable the mobile workforce

Two Paths to Certification
Option 1
If you are currently pursuing your CCNP Routing and Switching certification, you may choose to complete the v1.0 curriculum. Upon completion, the certification will be good for three years. The last day to test is January 29, 2015.
642-902 ROUTE
642-813 SWITCH
642-832 TSHOOT

Option 2
If you have not yet started pursuing the CCNP Routing and Switching certification or if you have only taken one of the three v1.0 exams, we recommend that you pursue the v2.0 certification.
300-101 ROUTE
300-115 SWITCH
300-135 TSHOOT

 

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FAQs of CCNP Routing and Switching Certification

CCNP Routing and Switching Certification is new one of CCNP. Below questions and answers will help candidates to master the new one.

Q: Can I mix and match the current exams with the newer exams to achieve CCNP Routing and Switching certification?

A: Yes you can. It is possible to mix version 1 and version 2 exams, however the TSHOOT 2.0 exam assumes knowledge of ROUTE 2.0 and SWITCH 2.0 topics. So candidates who have completed version 1 exams for ROUTE or SWITCH will need to review version 2.0 blueprints in order to prepare for the TSHOOT v2.0 exam. Use this tool to identify the combination of exams required to complete your CCNP certification.

Q: I am currently a valid CCNP. How can I achieve CCNP Routing and Switching?

A: If you are currently a valid CCNP, you will automatically become a CCNP Routing and Switching certified in the Cisco database. When you recertify, you will get your CCNP Routing and Switching title.

Q: Why did Cisco rename CCNP to CCNP Routing and Switching?

A: Technology advancements and changes in job requirements have led to an increased focus on routing and switching technologies, thus Cisco decided to rebrand the track. The certification changes are also aligned with the recent updates in CCNA R&S and CCIE R&S tracks, and n in line with other technology focused professional – level certifications

Q: What are the main changes?

A: Wireless, VoIP and Video content has been removed, IPv6 expanded and Cisco StackWise, VSS and DMVPN technologies added. The major and exciting new change comes in form of labs that importantly increase training effectiveness.

Q: What are the recertification requirements for CCNP Routing and Switching?

A: The CCNP Routing and Switching certification is valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:
Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.