Cisco CCNP Service Provider Certification
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Question: What is the CCNP Service Provider certification?
Answer: The Cisco CCNP Service Provider is a 3-year, professional-level certification program and training curriculum intended to recognize network engineers who work in the service provider network environment and validates that they are able to configure, verify, troubleshoot, and optimize service provider networks.
Question: With what track is the CCNP Service Provider certification associated?
Answer: The CCNP Service Provider certification is associated with the service provider network engineer job role and technology track, which also includes Cisco CCNA Service Provider and CCIE Service Provider certifications.
Question: Why is Cisco releasing the new CCNP Service Provider certification?
Answer: The CCNP Service Provider certification represents a significant redesign and update of the CCIP certification, which is being retired. The new CCNP SP certification better emphasizes the daily tasks of the network engineering job role, as well as covers the latest core, transport, and edge technologies in today’s rapidly evolving SP IP next-generation networking infrastructures. It also highlights the latest carrier-grade products from Cisco, and the Cisco IOS XR operating system in addition to Cisco’s native IOS.
Question: Who should get a CCNP Service Provider certification?
Answer: The following groups should consider getting a CCNP Service Provider certification.
- Service Provider (SP) network engineers including IP Backbone or IP Core Engineers, Infrastructure Engineers, Edge or Aggregation Engineer, Access Engineers, Implementation Engineers, Field Engineers
- Channel Partner Sales Engineers “selling to” Service Providers
- Channel Partner Field Engineers
- Resale Service Provider Engineers
- Cisco System Engineers (SE), Network Consulting Engineers (NCE), and Consulting Systems Engineers (CSE), and Technical Assistance Center (TAC) engineers.
- Enterprise network engineers supporting carrier-grade like network infrastructures
- Generally, Service Provider oriented Network Engineers
Question: What are the requirements to obtain a CCNP Service Provider certification?
Answer: A candidate must pass 4 required exams:
- Deploying Cisco Service Provider Network Routing (SPROUTE), 642-883 Exam
- Deploying Cisco Service Provider Advanced Network Routing (SPADVROUTE), 642-885 Exam
- Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Core Network Services (SPCORE), 642-887 Exam
- Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Edge Network Services (SPEDGE), 642-889 Exam
Question: Are there any required formal training courses to obtain the CCNP Service Provider certification?
Answer: There are no formal training courses required. To view the list of recommended training courses, please visit https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccnp_service_provider
Question: How do I register for the instructor-led training courses?
Answer: The instructor-led training courses are offered by Cisco Learning Partners, the authorized source for Cisco IT training delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors. For a list of Cisco Learning Partners nearest you, please visit the Learning Partner Locator.
Question: What are the prerequisites for the CCNP Service Provider certification?
Answer: A valid CCNA Service Provider certification or any CCIE certification is a prerequisite for the CCNP Service Provider certification. It is also recommended that the network engineer have 5–7 years of experience working in a service provider network environment.
Question: With a CCNP Service Provider certification, what job roles are you prepared for?
Answer: The CCNP Service Provider certification prepares you for the role of a network engineer working in the network infrastructure of a Service Provider.
Question: What is the difference between the CCNP Service Provider and the CCNP Service Provider Operations certifications?
Answer: The CCNP Service Provider certification validates the knowledge and skills of a Network Engineer in the configuration, implementation, verification testing, troubleshooting, and optimization of carrier routing, core network services, transport services, and edge network services within Service Provider IP next-generation network infrastructures, while the CCNP Service Provider Operations certification validates the knowledge and skills required of a Tier II or Tier III support engineer to troubleshoot network performance problems, implement proactive fault measures using operations management processes, frameworks, and network management systems in Service Provider IP next-generation network infrastructures.
Question: If I am working on my CCIP certification, can I apply the completed exams towards a CCNP Service Provider certification?
Answer: In some cases you are able to apply completed CCIP exams towards a CCNA Service Provider certification, but not all exams within the CCIP track will be accepted. For complete information on the status of CCIP exams within the CCNP Service Provider certification, visit CCIP-CCNP Service Provider Migration Tool.
Question: How do I achieve a CCNP Service Provider certification if I already have a CCIP?
Answer: For more information on migration from CCIP to CCNP Service Provider, please visit CCIP-CCNP Service Provider Migration Tool.
Question: How do I recertify my CCNP Service Provider certification?
Answer: To view the recertification policy for the CCNP Service Provider certification program, please visit About Recertification.
Question: Where can I find more information about the CCNP Service Provider certification?
Answer: For more information visit CCNP Service Provider certification site on the Cisco Learning Network: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccnp_service_provider.