CISCO CCNP RECERTIFICATION

Cisco certifications are the most renowned certifications and are considered as one of the toughest certifications dealing with the networking and security systems in an organization categorized under IT Domain.

Cisco Certifications provide milestone of opportunities for the interested individuals seeking to enlighten their carriers in this field, thereby providing milestones not only nationally but also internationally, having its head office at San Francisco, USA. That being said, Cisco certifications and its benefits have been recognized worldwide.

CCNP:

CCNP is a professional level certification provided by Cisco for networking and IT jargons. This certification defines professionalism in itself, the same meant by its unique definition which says,

“CCNP validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and works collaboratively with specialists in advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. This certification as stated defines professionalism in itself provides equally relevant knowledge in the ‘physical networking’ that is highly demanded in the present and the virtualized networking functions in the near future.”

Thus, this certification provides hostile opportunities to an individual not only nationally but internationally. Be it handsome perks and remunerations, decent designations and meeting international targets, this certification is a complete package of providing assurances of one’s growth and well-being.

It is always advisable that this certification shall only be chosen by those who have at least one year of networking experience and thereby wishes to enhance, their skills in order to solve complex network solutions.

CCNP stands for Cisco Certified Network Professional succeeded by CCNA Certifications and preceded by CCIE Certifications, it is very vast, hence been divided into various categories.

  1. CCNP Cloud
  2. CCNP Collaboration
  3. CCNP Data Centre
  4. CCNP Routing And Switching
  5. CCNP Security
  6. CCNP Wireless
  7. CCNP Design
  8. CCNP Service Provider
Cisco CCNP Certifications by I-Medita

Cisco CCNP Certifications

This blog provides a bird view about the CCNP Certification, by providing answers to various questions that might arrive as to, how this certification is quite reasonable and justifiable when it comes to career growth prospects? Also, as the topic is meant it also describes the various examinations, suggested training and the recertification process for this certification.

According to the sources of the web portal pay-scale, human capital reports of March 2017:

  1. Designations and salaries of the Network Engineers
Designation Salary [in Rs]
Network Engineer 1,92,000-10,00,000
Sr. Network Engineer 3,50,000-13,00,000
Network Administrator 1,80,000-8,50,000
System Engineer [Computer Networking/ IT] 1,70,000-13,00,000
Network Specialist 4,00,000-12,00,000
  1. Male- Female Ratio:
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Male and Female Network Engineers Ratio

  1. Popular Cities:
Cities Salary [In Rs]
Bangalore, Karnataka 3,00,000-11,90,000
Mumbai, Maharashtra 2,30,000-8,80,000
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 3,30,000-7,90,000
Pune, Maharashtra 3,00,000-8,30,000
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 2,00,000-7,90,000
  1. Popular Companies:
Companies Salary [in Rs.]
HCL Technologies 1,98,000-8,92,000
TCS 1,90,000-9,60,000
Cisco Systems 6,18,000-15,40,000
Wipro Technologies 4,00,000-12,00,000
Tata Communications 1,90,000-6,00,000

Examinations and Recommended Training Procedures.

Cisco Certifications are globally considered as one of the toughest certifications to avail. CCNP certification by Cisco is henceforth, not an exception. Following is the table that depicts the examinations required to clear in order to be recognized as CCNP Professional and some recommended training:

Examination Recommended Training
642-902 Route/ 300-101 Route Implementing Cisco IP Routing
642-813 Switch/ 300-115 Switch Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks
642-832 TSHOOT / 300- 135 TSHOOT Maintaining and Tshooting Cisco IP Networks.

A] 300-101 Route:

Cisco 300-101 Route is one of the examinations required to be cleared so as to be recognized as Cisco Certified professional. The certified candidates are involved in advanced IP addressing and routing in implementing scalable and highly secure Cisco routers that are connected to LANs, WANs, and IPv6.

It is highly recommended that this course is taken after the following Cisco courses:

  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices v2.0, Part 1 (ICND1 v2.0) and Part 2 (ICND2 v2.0)
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated version 2.0 (CCNAX v2.0)

B] 300-115 Switch:

Cisco 300-115 Switch examination needs to be cleared so as to be recognized as the CCNP professional. The certified candidates are involved in planning, configuring and verifying the implementation of complex enterprise watching solutions that use the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture.

It is highly recommended that this course is taken after the following Cisco courses:

  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices v2.0, Part 1 (ICND1 v2.0) and Part 2 (ICND2 v2.0)
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated version 2.0 (CCNAX v2.0)

C] 300-135 TSHOOT

The certified professionals are known to have sound knowledge and skills towards:

  • To perform network troubleshooting for the ITIL complaints and usage of technologically based practices.
  • Planning and performing regular maintenance on complex enterprises routed and switched networks.

The Recertification Process

Recertification process hereby simply means that technically and theoretically the validity of Cisco Certification is for certain stipulated years if one’s certification is near to expire he/she have to pass the examination for its renewal.

Validity Period:

The following certifications are valid up to 3 years from the date of clearing the examination.

  1. CCDP
  2. CCNP Cloud
  3. CCNP Collaboration
  4. CCNP Data Centre
  5. CCNP Routing And Switching
  6. CCNP Security
  7. CCNP Service Provider
  8. CCNP Wireless

Recertification Procedure:

To recertify, pass ONE of the followings 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
  • 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.

Professional Level Certification can be recertified by either of the following steps.

  1. CCNP certified professional can reappear for any of the CCNP Examinations, which is, CCNP Cloud, CCNP collaboration, CCNP Data Centre, CCNP Routing and Switching, CCNP Security, CCNP Service Provider OR CCNP Wireless. It is advisable to reappear for any ONE of the stated examinations, so as to renew achieved certification.
  1. One can consider the given diagram and appear for a higher or next successive level certification for renewal, which simply means that if a person is CCNP Professional he/she can appear for any of the expert level certification that is, by attempting any of the CCIE examination which are CCIE Collaboration, CCIE Data Centre, CCIE Routing and Switching, CCIE Security, CCIE Service Provider or CCIE  Wireless, so as to recertify or renew the CCNP certification.
Cisco Certification Levels by I-Medita

Cisco Certification Levels

Therefore, to recertify, it is advisable to wisely get with any of the options stated above.

Note: When attempting higher level certification to extend other certifications, the expiration date of other certifications will extend to the expiration date of the higher certification.

To conclude, an appeal to all the job seekers and aspirants in the IT Domain: Focus, channelize, visualize, weigh and examine your strengths and weaknesses. Networking is a huge domain, being a bachelor degree holder won’t serve the purpose of being recognized in the dynamic business environment. The need of an hour is professionalism and an expertise, fine to be in only one avenue but be immensely talented for the chosen path, for building in such foundation amongst the individuals, be it CCNP is no exception.

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