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Feb 25 2010   10:43PM GMT

Cisco Simplifies, Streamlines CCNP

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Cisco’s given its Cisco Certified Networking Professional, or CCNP, credential a substantial reworking, and as far as I can tell all the changes are very much for the better. Instead of four 90-minute exams, the format also switches to three 120-minute exams. Topics get a much-needed refresh, with old or little-used stuff out the window, and a more rational naming and coverage scheme now in place.

The old exams included:

  • BSCI or Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks
  • BCMSN or Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks
  • Implementing Secure Converged Wide-Area Networks (ISCW)
  • Optimizing Converged Cisco Networks (ONT)

The new exams are a whole bunch more straightforward:

Certcities quotes some interesting commentary on the revised CCNP and exam changes from well-known Cisco cert author Wendell Odom in an article on this topic entitled “Cisco Announces Major Changes to CCNP.” Troubleshooting is back with a vengeance and topical coverage has been squared up with what plays on the job. Definitely worth a read!

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