Bryan Baize, CCIE #16139 Cisco recently announced a major overhaul of its CCNP program. Cisco conducted a Job Task Analysis (JTA), to find out what the market really expects of a CCNP-certified professional. The JTA brought together subject matter experts from around the globe. It revealed that the CCNP needs to return to basics in routing and switching, as well as troubleshooting. The market wants the CCNP professional, in general, to be more self-sufficient and free-thinking. According to IT professionals surveyed, the CCNP job would include three items.
Cisco designed the new program around the following goals:
To better align the CCNP certification with job roles
To better prepare the CCNP to receive the CCIE Routing and Switching certification
To focus on core technologies and delve deeper into complex routing, switching, and other solutions
To reduce the importance of advanced features and deep knowledge
Security should be given more attention
These classes are ROUTE, SWITCH, and TSHOOT. Soon, three corresponding tests are planned. ROUTE and SWITCH have been replaced by BSCI, BCMSN, respectively. TSHOOT is a completely new class. The ONT and ISCW classes have been eliminated. Specialized technologies like voice, voice, and wireless have been eliminated. Although no order of classes is enforced it is strongly recommended ROUTE and SWITCH are taken before TSHOOT.
You don’t have to worry if you’ve already started your journey towards CCNP certification. You can combine the old test with the new test in many cases to earn CCNP certification. The old exams will still be available until July 31, 2010, You will also need to pass BSCI and BCMSN for any other certifications such as CCIP or CCDP. ROUTE and SWITCH will count towards these certifications.
Boson’s Instructor team had the honor of taking part in the Alpha classes for ROUTE SWITCH, TSHOOT and SWITCH. It was an incredible experience to go through the process to analyze every slide and every lab instruction in order to make these classes what it is today. To aid the learning process, many new features were added, including lab debriefs and tear out topology maps. We are confident that you will agree that these classes are of a higher quality and technical accuracy. We look forward to integrating them into our Bootcamp program as well as delivering them individually as one-week classes.
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