Cisco Announces the CCNP Service Provider Certification

Networking giant Cisco Systems has launched the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Service Provider certification, aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of IT professionals to deploy and optimize next-generation networks.

CCNP Service Provider Certification Guide

CCNP Service Provider Certification

The certification, coupled with the recent release of the CCNA Service Provider and current CCIE Service Provider certification, provides networking engineers with a training and certification portfolio in IP next-generation networks (IP NGN).

The training enables candidates to gain hands-on experience in configuring and troubleshooting Cisco networking devices using native Cisco IOS and IOS XR operating systems. To achieve the CCNP Service Provider certification, IT professionals must pass four proctored exams, which cost $200 per exam administered.

Cisco also recommends four training courses, delivered by the Cisco authorized Learning Partner community, to help prepare candidates for certification.

Cisco also recommends four training courses, delivered by the Cisco authorized Learning Partner community, to help prepare candidates for certification.

Key facts:

  • Professional-level CCNP Service Provider courses and exams deliver a deep understanding of major components of service provider networks and IP NGN infrastructure for delivering managed services.
  • The training enables candidates to gain extensive hands-on experience in configuring and troubleshooting Cisco carrier-grade networking devices using native Cisco IOS and IOS XR operating systems.
  • The certification validates an individual’s ability to implement, validate end-to-end and optimize technologies including carrier routing (BGP, IS-IS, OSPF, Multicast), SP core network services (QoS, MPLS, MPLS-TE) and SP edge network services (Layer 2 VPNs, MPLSLayer 3 VPNs, Carrier Ethernet).

The certification is composed of the following courses and exams:

  • SPROUTE (642-883): Deploying Cisco Service Provider Network Routing
  • SPADVROUTE (642-885): Deploying Cisco Service Provider Advanced Network Routing
  • SPCORE (642-887) Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Core Network Services
  • SPEDGE (642-889) Implementing Cisco SP NGN Edge Network Services.

Additionally, the CCNP Service Provider certification is a requirement in the Advanced IP NGN Architecture Specialization program from Cisco Worldwide Channels, for which the partner is required to have a field engineer on staff to obtain the certification. This specialization is currently piloting for inclusion into Gold Certification in Cisco’s channel partner program, said Errol Hayward, product marketing manager at Cisco.

“Resellers that have CCNP Service Provider certified staff will have validated knowledge and skills in the Network Engineering job role area to configure, implement, validate, analyze end-to-end, troubleshoot and optimize carrier routing, network engineering designs, and core-transport-edge network services for carrier-grade IP next-generation network infrastructures,” he said. “Hence, the CCNP Service Provider certification provides a credential that can aid in bringing credibility to partner resellers selling into service providers.”

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