CCNP Routing and Switching certification is the professional level qualification which validates that the certified professional has the required ability to plan, implement and troubleshoot local and wide area networks. This also verifies that these certified professionals can work collaboratively with the experts on advanced projects. Having a valid CCNA Routing and Switching or CCIE certification can act as prerequisites while applying for CCNP Routing and Switching.
This certification is also an appropriate option for those who are working in the networking industry for a minimum of one year. They can enhance their skills by taking this certification which allows them to work independently on complex projects. Just like CCNA Routing and Switching, the knowledge earned by taking CCNP Routing and Switching serve as the foundation to all the other Cisco tracks. Those who have successfully passed this certification are entitled to the following job titles;
· Network Engineer
· Support Engineer
· Systems Engineer
· Network Technician
All the Cisco Routing and Switching tracks are considered to be evergreen certifications because they serve as the foundation for every track and individuals planning to take in-depth knowledge of networking industry are encouraged to take Routing and Switching certifications. This course is still high in demand, and the professionals can boost their salaries by taking it.
Cisco is a leading pioneer in providing Routing and Switching solutions and according to the market consensus, they still hold more than 50% of the market shares in the network industry. Although there are many IT certifications available in the market Cisco certifications are still booming. These certifications allow individuals to boost their skills and showcase them because they are recognized throughout the globe. Worldwide acceptance and recognition are also one of the main reasons why individuals prefer Cisco certifications over other IT courses.
The CCNP Routing and Switching exam consist of three modules, meaning that the individuals have to pass three exams costing them 300$ each in order to get CCNP Routing and Switching certified. Unlike other CCNP tracks, this Routing and Switching track is easier as compared to the other ones. It comes up with three modules, however, CCNP Collaboration, wireless, etc have four modules. So the preparation and passing CCNP Router and Switching is easy as compared to the other CCNP tracks.
These CCNP Routing and Switching exams are:
· 300 - 101 Route (Implementing Cisco IP Routing)
In this exam, the students have to prove their skills in planning, configuring and verifying the implementation of secure LAN and WAN routing solutions using Cisco products like routers. This exam validates the routing knowledge of the passing candidates. The exam duration is two hours and the total questions range from 50 - 60.
· 300 - 115 Switch (Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks)
This segment allows the students to learn about planning, configuring and verifying the implementation of switching solutions. This exam covers Layer2 technologies and the students also learn secure integration of VLANs and WLANs. The exam duration is two hours and the individuals are judged through 45 - 55 questions.
· 300 - 135 TSHOOT (Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks)
This allows the students to learn how to troubleshoot even the complex routing and switching protocols. They have to study network principles and technologies like Layer2, Layer3, and VPN. The individuals also learn about how to secure and troubleshoot any given infrastructure either by using a local database or through device access control. The exam duration is two hours and the individuals have to answer 15 - 25 questions.
Like all CCNP tracks, this CCNP Routing and Switching certification is valid for a period of three years and is subject to recertification before the expiry date.