Cisco Systems has announced enhancements to its premier professional certification, CCNP. The course and exam updates help ensure that a growing number of networking professionals have the knowledge, skills and credentials necessary to deploy and maintain fully integrated network infrastructure services and applications, while providing a clear career path in today´s market.
To meet the need for today´s skilled network professionals, the new CCNP program goes beyond core routing and switching to applications deployed on the edge of the network, such as wireless, security and voice. In addition to topics such as converged networks, quality of service (QoS), virtual private networks (VPNs) and broadband technologies, the CCNP program maintains its focus on the advanced skills required to manage the routers and switches that form the network core.
The CCNP integrates next-generation Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs), engineered to provide wire-speed delivery of concurrent data, voice, video and wireless services with optimized security. A CCNP certification validates that a network professional has the ability to install, configure and troubleshoot converged local and wide area networks.
CCNP course and exam enhancements include: BCMSN (642-812) Campus Switch Networks Wireless LAN, BSCI (642-901) Routing Protocols at Campus Edge, ISCW (642-825) Implementing Secure Converged WANs, ONT (642-845) Optimized Converged Cisco Networks.
The Cisco CCIP and Cisco CCDP professional-level certification programs have also been updated to include the newly revised Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI) exam and recommended training. Network professionals pursuing CCIP and CCDP certifications will benefit from these curriculum updates, which provide and validate the up-to-date knowledge required to install, support and optimize ISR routers, using Cisco IOS(R) 12.4 routing protocol, routing authentication security, multicast routing and IPv6.