Cisco Certified Network Professional - CCNP

The CCNP certifies the ability to work with medium-sized networks with technologies such as QoS, broadband, VPNs, and security-oriented features. In addition to CCNA exams, professionals must pass either four separate exams, or a composite exam along with two separate exams.

* 642-901 BSCI: Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI)
* 642-812 BCMSN: Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN)
* 642-825 ISCW: Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks (ISCW)
* 642-845 ONT: Optimizing Converged Cisco Networks (ONT)

From July 31, 2010, the CCNP Certification will change back to incorporate the troubleshooting exam. Until that point both exam paths will be available from March 10, but candidates already in the process of certifying may use their passing scores on ISCW and ONT. This path is not recommended[by whom?] for candidates who have not yet attempted ISCW or ONT. These candidates should pursue the new path.

* 642-902 ROUTE: Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
* 642-813 SWITCH: Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)
* 642-832 TSHOOT: Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT)

The BSCI/ROUTE and BCMSN/SWITCH tests can be taken as one single composite test known as the 642-892 Composite

For a more detailed view of all the different CCNP certification paths up until July 31, 2010 - including release dates for the ROUTE, SWITCH and TSHOOT exam - see the CCNP website