I understand your point of sight, but you must choose the convenient option for you. In my personal opinion, I believe that all materials aren't completely obsolets because are the base to the new topics in the CCNP enterprise.
As the new material of study from Cisco will be better available from February 24th 2020, then I could suggest you recertify before of February 24th, 2020, and so you have 3 years more to study the new topics. Also, you could recertify the CCNP enterprise with continuing education as you can see:
All knowledge is useful from the first CCNA/CCNP/CCIE material until today.
If you have passed the exams: 300-101 (Route), 300-115 (Switch) and 300-135 (Tshoot), you can get the CCNP Enterprise with the corresponding specialization as you can see in the tool:
You will receive the new CCNP Enterprise certification and these Specialist certifications:
Cisco Certified Specialist - Enterprise Core
Cisco Certified Specialist - Enterprise Advanced Infrastructure Implementation
Now, you can recertify your CCNP R&S with one professional exam before of February 24th and of this manner, you will have 3 years more (aproximately) to study the new materials. But It depends of you.
I suppose you have passed these exams for your CCNP R&S: 642-902, 642-813, 642-832
In this case, you only get credits for new exams
Our CLN moderator could give more details about it.
Let me see if I can take a stab at what you're asking.
You want to know how you would go about recertifying your CCNP after Feb 2020?
If you want to renew it before the changes go into effect then you just do what you've been doing and follow the current recert policy.
Come Feb 24th, 2020 you will be transitioned to the new CCNP. Here is the link to the new recert instructions: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/recertification-policy.html
Hopefully that answers your question
Based on the information you provided, you will receive the new CCNP Enterprise certification on Feb 24, 2020 by having a valid CCNP R&S. As you might already know, CCNP Enterprise will be replacing CCNP R&S. The expiration date of your CCNP Enterprise certification will reflect the same expiration date of your CCNP R&S certification. After Feb 24, 2020, the CCNP R&S will be retired, so you will keep it until it reaches it's expiration date but you will be able to keep recertifying your CCNP Enterprise certification moving forward.
Also, the older retired CCNP R&S legacy 642-XXX exams do not have a mapping equivalent under the new certifications portfolio. So no credit would be given for the ENCOR exam/specialist or other Specialist certifications. You can also check the CCNP R&S Migration Tool to find out exactly which current exams will give credit under the new portfolio.
In regards to recertification - If you decide to recertify on or before Feb 23, 2020 you can take and pass one exam from any Professional level track (e.g. CCNP Security, CCNP Data Center, CCDP, etc. etc.). You can even pass one exam from the same CCNP R&S track like ROUTE, SWITCH or TSHOOT if you like.
However, if you decide to recertify on or after Feb 24, 2020, you would need to follow and complete the new recertification requirements. The new recertification options you will allow you to recertify by passing exams OR using Continuing Education credits OR you can mix it up with exams and credits.
The recertification policy link that was posted by Ing_Percy and Alex above contains information for the current and new recertification options.
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I looked at both of the links before I raised this query.
I still cannot see what exactly I need to do. Perhaps its the way I am asking so I will try another way.
In the past, having a valid R and S CCNP, in order to re-certify after every 3 years I would pass ONE exam (in the past it was 642 and then later 300) . I am in this situation now having passed one 300 exam back in July 2017.
I do NOT want to take a 300 exam before Feb 24 to re-certify for a further 3 years for two reasons, 1) I dont want to take it early and 2) I want to be current as far as material is concerned).
I want to take the relevant exams to re-certify by July 20. I am asking whether I will need to to full CCNP enterprise certification, or I will get some credit value which allows me to do less than that (I cannot see this clearly on the 'recert policy' link above) - just like for last 20 years where I would need to pass just ONE exam.
Obviously, if I have no value and I need to do the core and the specialised, it makes no difference and it doesn't matter if I do anything by a specific time. I am hoping otherwise!
Please help, thanks!
It is not necessary to pass a technology core exam AND concentration exam for recertification. Passing one technology core exam will be enough to recertify for 3 years.
To recertify a Professional certification (e.g. CCNP Enterprise), here are the choices for "examination only" starting on Feb 24, 2020:
- Pass one technology core exam
- Pass any two professional concentration exams
- Pass one CCIE lab exam
If you're aiming to take only one new exam for recertification, you would need to pass a technology core exam from any track between Feb 24, 2020 and July 2020 (on or before your expiration date) and that would fulfill the requirement to recertify your CCNP Enterprise certification.
Another recertification option for Professional certifications that will be available to candidates, is the ability to use a combination of one concentration exam and Continuing Education credits. Here is the "Examination and Continuing Education" recertification option:
- Pass any one professional concentration exam and earn 40 CE credits
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That page implied to me that is was for re-certification once you already have the new cert (CCNP enterprise for example) , NOT moving from CCNP r and switching for example - can you 100% clarify this for me please?
If above is correct, then it looks like all I need to do is pass CCNP enterprise (to stay on same track as I have always been).
Re your last comment:-
'Another recertification option for Professional certifications that will be available to candidates, is the ability to use a combination of one concentration exam and Continuing Education credits. Here is the "Examination and Continuing Education" recertification option:
- Pass any one professional concentration exam and earn 40 CE credits'
Not sure I understand this, how many credits do you need ? first option says I would need 2 concentration exams?
When can I start studying the new cert CCNP enterprise as I will only have from Feb to July to do this?
Sorry for so many questions, but study takes a long time and I don't want to do the wrong exam etc.
Thanks again Rigo.
Thanks for your reply. The CCNP R&S certification is being retired and replaced by the CCNP Enterprise certification. To re-iterate on my first post above - since you will have a valid CCNP R&S certification with an expiration date of July 2020, you will automatically receive the new CCNP Enterprise certification on Feb 24, 2020 and this certification will have the same expiration date as your CCNP R&S certification (July 2020). So for a few months, you will have both certifications, CCNP R&S AND CCNP Enterprise.
If your recertify between Feb 24, 2020 and July 2020, you will actually be recertifying the CCNP Enterprise certification. The CCNP R&S certification itself won't be recertified since it will be retired but will remain valid until it reaches its expiration date in July 2020.
For your next inquiry regarding the "Examination and Continuing Education" recertification option - if you take this path to recertify your CCNP Enterprise, you will need to pass one concentration exam AND you will also need 40 Continuing Education credits.
However, if you want to take the "examination only" recertification path, you can, for example, pass one technology core exam OR pass any two professional concentration exams.
Lastly, I would recommend checking the Cisco Press "Coming Soon" page periodically for updates on upcoming self-study releases for the new exams. The "CCNP Enterprise Core ENCOR 300-401 Official Cert Guide" is scheduled to be released later this year in November. Other Official Cert Guides for the CCNP Enterprise exams will begin to roll out sometime in 2020.
Additional training options such as authorized courses will also continue to roll out over time for all of the new Cisco Certification exams.
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Sorry, I am still a little confused about this so I will only ask question again as thread went on too long:)
With my current ccnp r and s that I recertified back in 2017 with a 300 exam, which exams can I take to recertify my CCNP (prior to july 20 and after feb 24)? In other words do I have some benefit form my current cert as opposed to someone thats just doing the new CCNP from fresh?