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Increasing Demand for technical consultant, specialist, or expert on a networking

Practical Network Skills team. Therefore, the Cisco curriculum is specific to the best
practices of network administrators, engineers, and experts
As the network grows in complexity, so does the need for using the latest Cisco network solutions.
training for individuals who implement and manage network
infrastructure and solutions. A skills gap emerges when
technology outpaces professional skills development. Best Practices in Networking
Achieving Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
To fill this talent gap, Cisco continues to develop training certification is the first step in helping you prepare for a career in
and certification products that help our customers be more networking. Pursuing the CCNA will help improve your skill sets
successful using the network and the solutions that ride on and provide you with the ability to manage and optimize network
top of the network—solutions such as voice communications, systems. CCNA focuses on network infrastructure, mainly
video services, and collaboration environments. routing and switching, but it also includes wireless access,
security, and connectivity to branch offices using WAN.
Job-Ready Practical Skills
The Cisco CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE Routing and Switching Achieving CCNA Certification
certification programs are practical, relevant, and job-ready CCNA certification offers professionals job-ready training
certification curricula aligned closely with the specific and skills. The certification lays the foundation for job roles
tasks expected of these in-demand professionals. Cisco such as network administrator, network engineer, or network
realizes that the network professional increasingly must focus specialist. Candidates gain knowhow installing, monitoring,
on design, configuration, and support responsibilities as the and troubleshooting network infrastructure.

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CCNA curriculum includes Cisco switches and routers, Requirements

basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless
networking concepts and terminology, and performance- The CCNP program is a 3-year certification program intended
based skills. The curriculum also covers the use of the to distinguish the network engineers who have the ability to
following protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing plan, implement, verify, and troubleshoot local and wide-area
Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol, Frame Relay, enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists
Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2), VLANs, on advanced security, voice, wireless, and video solutions.
Ethernet, and access control lists (ACLs).
Before attempting the CCNP certification, individuals must
meet the requirements for the Cisco CCNA certification and
Requirements have at least one to three years of networking experience.
The CCNA program is a three-year certification program
intended to provide fundamental education and testing for Prerequisites for CCNP
network professionals interested in network infrastructure.
A valid CCNA certification or any CCIE certification can act
You can recertify by taking any associate-level exam or as a prerequisite.
professional-level exam or higher. Or you can also pass the
CCIE certification exam before your certification expires. Required Exams and Recommended
Training for CCNP
Prerequisites for CCNA Completion of the CCNP curriculum requires the candidates
There is no pre-requisite for attempting CCNA. to pass required exams. CCNP required exams and
recommended training are shown in Table 2.

Required Exams and Recommended Table 2. CCNP Exams and Recommended Training
Training for CCNA
Required Exams Exam Name and Recommended Training
Completion of the CCNA curriculum requires the candidates
642-902 ROUTE Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
to pass required exams. CCNA required exams and
642-813 SWITCH Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)
recommended training are shown in Table 1.
642-832 TSHOOT Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks
Table 1. CCNA Required Exams and Recommended Training (TSHOOT)

Required Exams Exam Name and Recommended Training For more information, visit the CCNP web page.
640-802 CCNA CCNA Composite
640-822 ICND1 Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices 1 (ICND1)
Achieving CCIE Routing and Switching
and and
640-816 ICND2 Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices 2 (ICND2) Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Routing and
Switching certifies the expert-level skills required to plan,
For more information, visit the CCNA web page. prepare, operate, monitor, and troubleshoot complex
converged networks. Professionals who achieve CCIE have
demonstrated their technical skills at the highest level. 
Achieving CCNP Certification
Candidates are expected to have an in-depth understanding
Individuals who achieve Cisco Certified Network of the topics on the blueprint and are strongly encouraged
Professional (CCNP) have demonstrated the skills required to have at least three to five years of job experience before
in enterprise roles such as network technician, support attempting certification.
engineer, systems engineer, or network engineer. CCNP
certification offers employers proof of job-ready training and
skills from experienced, professional-level network engineers.

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Requirements Accept Only the Best for Training

The CCIE Routing and Switching program is intended Only Cisco Authorized Learning Partners deliver the official
to recognize the Cisco network experts who have the Routing and Switching curriculum. Authorized training makes
necessary skills to plan, test, deploy, configure, maintain, sure that certificate holders will gain the knowledge and
and troubleshoot Cisco network solutions. CCIE Routing expertise that they need to be successful in the competitive
and Switching certification is valid for two years and must IT business environment of today. Cisco Authorized Learning
be recertified every two years thereafter. Partners offer a comprehensive set of training resources to
improve technology expertise, from instructor-led courses to
To gain CCIE certification, candidates not only must remote-access labs and e-learning solutions. Other benefits
prove their theoretical knowledge of best practices but include the following:
also must demonstrate them in a lab environment using
real-world scenarios. Learning skills on the latest Cisco products and software:
Cisco Authorized Learning Partners expose students to the
Prerequisites for CCIE Routing and Switching latest revisions and newest products to help accelerate their
skills for years to come.
There are no formal prerequisites for Cisco CCIE Routing and
Switching certification. Consistent expertise: Certified Cisco instructors assure
students and businesses the same level of expertise, quality,
and service from one class to the next.
Required Exams and Recommended Training
for CCIE Routing and Switching Updated training: Cisco Authorized Learning Partners are
aware of the latest product and technology updates, exam
Candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and
changes, and teaching methods.
then pass the corresponding hands-on lab exam. Candidates
are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the High student satisfaction: Cisco Authorized Learning Partners
topics in the exam blueprint and are strongly encouraged to are required to maintain high student satisfaction ratings.
have three to five years of job experience before attempting
Learn More
Completion of the CCIE Routing and Switching curriculum For more information on these certifications, visit
requires the candidates to pass required exams. CCIE required www.ciscolearningnetwork.com
exams and recommended training are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. CCIE Routing and Switching Exams

Required Exams Exam Name

350-001 CCIE Routing and Switching v4.0 Written Exam
CCIE R&S Lab CCIE Routing and Switching v4.0 Lab Exam
Exam v4.0

For more information, visit the CCIE Routing and Switching

web page.

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