Big CCNP Changes Are Coming!
The CCNP will now be changed from 3-4 exams to only 2. This includes a “core” knowledge exam that everyone has to take and then a concentration exam in that CCNP area you are focusing on, such as a specific area of security.
Here is a overview of the changes below.
Most CCNP certifications will be retiring. Right now, networking professionals start a specialization track at the CCNA level. For example, CCNA Security leads to CCNP Security. That’s all about to change. After February 24, 2020, the one CCNA (200-301 CCNA) will cover networking basics and then you specialize at the CCNP level.
There are no formal prerequisites for the CCNP exams, which is another big change. But structurally they remain about the same as before. You are still required to pass a core exam and one of three to eight concentration exams to earn your CCNP.
Here’s the complete list of the CCNPs:
Passing any of these concentration exams will also earn you the Cisco Certified Specialist title. To become a Cisco Certified Specialist, you can take an exam, except the CCNA (which would make you a CCNA, not a specialist).
BENEFITS FOR GETTING YOUR CCNP
- Show the world you know your stuff with a high-value certification
- Customize your certification to your technical focus
- Position yourself for advancement in the fast-paced world of enterprise technologies
- Add networking automation skills to your areas of expertise
- Earn a Specialist certification for passing any CCNP exam – core or concentration
- Qualify for the CCIE Enterprise lab exam bypassing the CCNP core exam
- A link of CCNP certification badge to all your social media profiles