Cisco Systems also sponsors a line of IT Professional certifications for Cisco products.
There are five levels of certification: Entry (CCENT), Associate (CCNA / CCDA), Professional (CCNP / CCDP)),  Expert (CCIE / CCDE),
and recently Architect, as well as eight different paths, Routing & Switching, Design, Network Security, Service Provider, Service Provider Operations, Storage Networking, Voice, and Wireless.
A number of specialist technician, sales and datacenter certifications are also available.
Cisco also provides training for these certifications via a portal called the Cisco Networking Academy. Qualifying schools can become members of the Cisco Networking Academy and then provide CCNA level or other level courses. Cisco Academy Instructors must be CCNA certified to be a CCAI certified instructor.

CCNP® Routing & Switching Certification

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP®) 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 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 have demonstrated the skills required in enterprise roles such as network technician, support engineer, systems engineer or network engineer

Exams & Recommended Training

Important information regarding CCNP courses and exams: Cisco has redesigned its CCNP courses and exams to reflect the evolving job tasks of enterprise network engineers. As a result, the BSCI, BCMSN, ISCW and ONT courses and exams will be retired and replaced with new CCNP courses and exams. 

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
642-902 ROUTE Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
642-813 SWITCH Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)
642-832 TSHOOT  

Troubleshooting and Maintaning Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT)

Recertification

CCNP

Cisco professional level certifications (CCDP, CCNP, CCSP, CCIP, CCVP, CCNP SP Operations, CCNP Wireless) are valid for three years.

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

· Pass any current 642-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.

Achieving or recertifying any of the certifications above automatically extends your active Associate and Professional level certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved. For more information, access the Cisco About Recertification page.

Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)

Students will learn to plan, configure and verify the implementation of secure enterprise LAN and WAN routing solutions using a range of routing protocols.

The Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE 642-902) is a qualifying exam for the Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP®, Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional CCIP®, and Cisco Certified Design Professional CCDP® certifications. The ROUTE 642-902 exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills necessary to use advanced IP addressing and routing in implementing scalable and secure Cisco ISR routers connected to LANs and WANs. The exam also covers configuration of secure routing solutions to support branch offices and mobile workers.

1. Implement an EIGRP based solution, given a network design and a set of requirements.
Determine network resources needed for implementing EIGRP in a network
Create an EIGRP implementation plan
Create an EIGRP verification plan
Configure EIGRP routing
Verify an EIGRP solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document the verification results for an EIGRP implementation
Describe quality implications of a VoIP network
2. Implement a multi-area OSPF Network, given a network design and a set of requirements.
Determine network resources needed for implementing OSPF on a network
Create an OSPF implementation plan
Create an OSPF verification plan
Configure OSPF routing
Verify OSPF solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document the verification results for an OSPF implementation plan
3. Implement an eBGP based solution, given a network design and a set of requirements.
Determine network resources needed for implementing eBGP on a network
Create an eBGP implementation plan
Create an eBGP verification plan
Configure eBGP routing
Verify eBGP solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document verification results for an eBGP implementation plan
4. Implement an IPv6 based solution, given a network design and a set of requirements.
Determine network resources needed for implementing IPv6 on a network
Create an IPv6 implementation plan
Create an IPv6 verification plan
Configure IPv6 routing
Configure IPv6 interoperation with IPv4
Verify IPv6 solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document verification results for an IPv6 implementation plan
5. Implement an IPv4 or IPv6 based redistribution solution, given a network design and a set of requirements.
Create a redistribution implementation plan based upon the results from a redistribution analysis
Create a redistribution verification plan
Configure a redistribution solution
Verify that a redistribution was implemented
Document results of a redistribution implementation and verification plan
Identify the differences between implementing an IPv4 and IPv6 redistribution solution
6. Implement Layer 3 Path Control Solution.
Create a Layer 3 path control implementation plan based upon the results of the redistribution analysis
Create a Layer 3 path control verification plan
Configure Layer 3 path control
Verify that a Layer 3 path control  was implemented
Document results of a Layer 3 path control implementation and verification plan
Implement basic teleworker and branch services
Describe broadband technologies
Configure basic broadband connections
Describe basic VPN technologies
Configure GRE
Describe branch access technologies

 Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)

Students will learn to plan, configure and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions using Cisco’s Campus Enterprise Architecture.

Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH 642-813) is a qualifying exam for the Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP®, and Cisco Certified Design Professional CCDP® certifications. The SWITCH 642-813 exam will certify that the successful candidate has important knowledge and skills necessary to to plan, configure and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions using Cisco’s Campus Enterprise Architecture. The SWITCH exam also covers secure integration of VLANs, WLANs, voice and video into campus networks
1. Implement VLAN based solution, given a network design and a set of requirements
Determine network resources needed for implementing a VLAN based solution on a network
Create a VLAN based implementation plan
Create a VLAN based verification plan
Configure switch-to-switch connectivity for the VLAN based solution
Configure loop prevention for the VLAN based solution
Configure Access Ports for the VLAN based solution
Verify the VLAN based solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document the verification after implementing a VLAN solution
2. Implement a Security Extension of a Layer 2 solution, given a network design and a set of requirements
Determine network resources needed for implementing a Security solution
Create a implementation plan for the Security solution
Create a verification plan for the Security solution
Configure port security features
Configure general switch security features
Configure private VLANs
Configure VACL and PACL
Verify the Security based solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document the verification results after implementing a Security solution
3. Implement Switch based Layer 3 services, given a network design and a set of requirements
Determine network resources needed for implementing a Switch based Layer 3 solution
Create an implementation plan for the Switch based Layer 3 solution
Create a verification plan for the Switch based Layer 3 solution
Configure routing interfaces
Configure Layer 3 Security
Verify the Switch based Layer 3 solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document the verification results after implementing a Switch based Layer 3 solution
Verify the Security based solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document the verification results after implementing a Switch based Layer 3 solution
4. Prepare infrastructure to support advanced services.
Implement a Wireless Extension of a Layer 2 solution
Implement a VoIP support solution
Implement video support solution
5. Implement High Availability, given a network design and a set of requirements.
Determine network resources needed for implementing High Availability on a network
Create a High Availability implementation plan
Create a High Availability verification plan
Implement first hop redundancy protocols
Implement switch supervisor redundancy
Verify High Availability solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document results of High Availability implementation and verification

 Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT)

Students will learn to,

(1) Plan and perform regular maintenance on complex enterprise routed and switched networks.

(2) Use technology-based practices and a systematic ITIL-compliant approach to perform network troubleshooting.

Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Switched Networks (TSHOOT 642-832) is a qualifying exam for the Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP® certification. The TSHOOT 642-832 exam will certify that the successful candidate has important knowledge and skills necessary to (1) plan and perform regular maintenance on complex enterprise routed and switched networks and (2) use technology-based practices and a systematic ITIL-compliant approach to perform network troubleshooting.

1. Maintain and monitor network performance
Develop a plan to monitor and manage a network
Perform network monitoring using IOS tools
Perform routine IOS device maintenance
Isolate sub-optimal internetwork operation at the correctly defined OSI Model layer
2. Maintain and monitor network performance
Troubleshoot EIGRP
Troubleshoot OSPF
Troubleshoot eBGP
Troubleshoot routing redistribution solution
Troubleshoot a DHCP client and server solution
Troubleshoot NAT
Troubleshoot first hop redundancy protocols
Troubleshoot IPv6 routing
Troubleshoot IPv6 and IPv4 interoperability
Troubleshoot switch-to-switch connectivity for the VLAN based solution
Troubleshoot loop prevention for the VLAN based solution
Troubleshoot Access Ports for the VLAN based solution
Troubleshoot private VLANS
Troubleshoot port security
Troubleshoot general switch security
Troubleshoot VACLs and PACLs
Troubleshoot switch virtual interfaces (SVIs)
Troubleshoot switch support of advanced services (i.e., Wireless, VOIP and Video)
Troubleshoot a VoIP support solution
Troubleshoot a video support solution
Troubleshoot Layer 3 Security
Troubleshoot issues related to ACLs used to secure access to Cisco routers
Troubleshoot configuration issues related to accessing the AAA server for authentication purposes
Troubleshoot security issues related to IOS services (i.e.,finger, NTP, HTTP, FTP, RCP etc.)

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