Just got my CCNP last weekend. Now I would like to go the CCNP Security (formerly known as CCSP) track, but the pre-requisite is that I obtain the CCNA Security cert first. Will the CCNA Security extend my expiration for my CCNP? Or does it only work that way if I take an equal or higher level test?
Thank you all in advance.
Im afraid not its a 642-xxx Professional level cert you need or above
Cisco professional level certifications (CCNP, CCNP Wireless, CCDP, CCSP, CCNP Voice, and CCIP) are valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:
Achieving or recertifying any of the certifications above automatically extends your active Associate and Professional level certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved. For more information, access the Cisco About Recertification page.
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NO, CCNA Security will NOT renew any Pro levels.
Only Pro level exam based on 642-xxx, just pass 1 exam to renew cert.
It goes by 1 pass exam will re-new equal or lower level exam.
As they've said, no it will not. You need to pass a 642- level exam that is part of a Professional certification to extend your CCNP, or pass any CCIE/CCDE written exam.
I will be taking CCNA Security pretty soon. I have been studying that before I went for my CCNP so it shouldn't be too hard to pick back up. I am hoping this test will be much less difficult than the CCNP tests.
The more I dive into Cisco technology and tests, the more I am convince that there is no easy Cisco test. CCNA Security actually has a lot of neat stuff in it regarding sercurity policies and such that have nothing to do with the technology but security policies that a company should have in place, which I think is totally awesome!
Also, CCNA Security should be great for CCNP Security. After all, it isn't a pre-req for nothing. Good Luck on the exams.
Less difficult! Being difficult is what makes these things fun!
I would imagine they aren't as hard, but difficulty is largely based on how well you know the materials. If you know your stuff, none of these tests are impossible.
Spend lots of time with SDM as that's what they test you on in CCNA Security Exam. There is less focus on CLI approach in test.
I remember commenting on one ACL question where there was no right anwer among available options. Though never got any feedback from Cisco on that.
I wish there is a proctor available during all Cisco exams.
Right, I meant less difficult for "me" . As in, I hope I can learn the material enough to the point that this test will be less difficult for me than the CCNP tests. I was probably about 75 % in readiness for the CCNP tests. I had a couple "educated guesses" that saved my **** on the tests for sure...
Unfortunately, passing the CCNA Security exam (640-553 IINS) will not recertify your CCNP certification as some of the users have mentioned above.
The list of qualifying CCNP recertification exams were listed by petenugent above, or you can can also visit the following recertification page www.cisco.com/go/recertification
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