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CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

Jul 27, 2011 1:03 PM

Colemac 5 posts since
Jul 27, 2011

Evening all,

 

I'm after some support and advise.

 

I passed my CCNP back in October 2010 and since then I have been drifting really not knowing which way to turn in regards to my next step in certifications.

 

I have been flipping from CCIP to CCIE R&S, the latter being the one I really want to achieve as does any engineer. I passed my CCNP by completing BSCI, BCMSN and TSHOOT as the track was changed half way through.

 

Looking over the CCIE syllabus it clearly shows me that there is a massive gap between CCNP level knowledge which I think I have and to that of CCIE.

 

I'm after some advise, I am in the process of getting together an at home lab of CCIE level but am wondering what is the best path for me.

 

Can any CCIE's help.....

 

Thanks

Craig

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    1. Jul 27, 2011 1:16 PM (in response to Colemac)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    I actually wrote a blog about exactly this topic.....https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/blogs/vip-perspectives/2011/01/08/mind-the-gap--ccnp-to-ccie

     

     

    You are correct, there is a significant gap, but it is surmountable!  Just have to recognize where you need to focus and then execute.

  • Scott Morris - CCDE/4xCCIE/2xJNCIE 8,398 posts since
    Oct 7, 2008
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    2. Jul 27, 2011 10:02 PM (in response to Colemac)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    Just like you did the CCNP...  One step at a time!   Get the expanded blueprint.   Start making plans...  And start methodical studying!

     

    Good luck!

     

    Scott

  • BIGEVIL 347 posts since
    Jun 28, 2008
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    3. Jul 28, 2011 1:29 AM (in response to Colemac)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    I know how you feel mate - i am right here with you. I decided to do the CCIP before the CCIE. Having now almost done the CCIP my BGP, MPLS & QOS are now much stronger (plus i have another cert). I am not saying you should do the CCIP - as Scott said one step at a time and you could easy just learn the subjects while doing the CCIE. My next step is the CCNP to CCIE, two vendors out there right now have these books and get good reviews.

     

    I am sure that all peopled get humbled by the CCIE when starting - i know when i start it wil get a few punches in - then i fight back!

     

    HTH.

  • Mohit 44 posts since
    Feb 14, 2010
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    5. Jul 28, 2011 8:11 AM (in response to Colemac)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    wow, i too have followed the same path as..BIG EVIL. actually its was slightly different in the sense that i took my BCMSN and BSCI .. probably  a month before they were about to expire or replaced if you will and then straightaway started studying for CCIE. due to office work and other things, i couldn't maintain the tempo so decided to change the strategy and started studying for CCIP as its basically covers allmost 50-60 %  or more of CCIE blueprint topics. i cleared 3 exams of CCIP and finally the TSHOOT (2 months ago) which i wanted to take once i have practised ******* the gear and when i took that exam it appeared to be a cake walk.

    im studying for the MPLS exam. and once thats done ill be a CCIP as well . i like both the enterprise routing and switching as well and the service provider environment. so.

     

    coming back to you question - you can definetly go for CCIP as it convers almost all the topics of the blueprint and in a way prepares you for the  big one. contrary to the popoluar belief it does not lead you to a different ccie platform(SP),

  • Mohit 44 posts since
    Feb 14, 2010
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    6. Jul 28, 2011 8:14 AM (in response to Mohit)
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    this is interesting, i wrote ---- i practised h a r d (without spaces in between) and the learning network converted it into ****** wondering whats wrong wih the work h a r d

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    7. Jul 28, 2011 9:00 PM (in response to BIGEVIL)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    I am kinda in the same boat,i do have my CCNP and developing intrest in CCIP. Do i need to still take the Route exams or does BSCI cover for it?

  • Mohit 159 posts since
    Oct 25, 2010
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    8. Jul 28, 2011 10:05 PM (in response to Abe)
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    Yup, BSCI is good, you just have to prepare for MPLS, BGP  and QoS

  • Rigo - Community Moderator 4,684 posts since
    Feb 9, 2009
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    9. Jul 29, 2011 5:43 PM (in response to Abe)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    Hi Abe,

     

    You can apply your BSCI exam towards the CCIP certification as long as it is still valid (exactly 3 years from the date the exam was passed)

     

    If your BSCI exam is valid, then you must pass the remaining required exams below:

     

    Option 1:

    642-642 QOS

    642-661 BGP

    642-611 MPLS

     

    OR

     

    Option 2:

    642-642 QOS

    642-691 BGP-MPLS

     

    However, if your BSCI exam has already expired OR expires before you are able to become certified in CCIP, then you will be required to take and pass the corresponding replacement exam, 642-902 ROUTE.

     

    For more information regarding the CCIP requirements visit www.cisco.com/go/ccip

     

    Regards,

    Rigo

    Cisco Learning Network Moderator

  • DEEPAK ARORA 625 posts since
    Sep 23, 2009
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    10. Jul 30, 2011 4:29 AM (in response to Colemac)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    I am not getting paid to promote any vendor product here but you got couple of options to fill that gap between CCNP to CCIE.

     

    1. INE ATC 4.5 and INE CCIE Written Bootcamp can help you allot to fill that gap.

     

    2. Narbik has specific "CCNP TO CCIE GAP" workbook

     

    3. IP Expert recently announced same sort of "GAP Filling" product series which can also help.

     

    IMHO... If you use INE ATC 4.5 and INE Written Bootcamp COD along with Narbik's GAP workbook then I guess you should be in good shape to get started for LAB.

     

    HTH...

    Deepak Arora

    http://deepakarora1984.blogspot.com

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    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    Thanks for the info.

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    12. Jul 31, 2011 3:09 PM (in response to Mohit)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    Thanks

  • Jared 5,502 posts since
    Jul 27, 2008
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    13. Jul 31, 2011 3:48 PM (in response to BIGEVIL)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    Very good insight here big evil.  I would never have considered doing chip to prepare foe ccie, but it totally makes sense.  If nothing else, studying those ccip topics would be a rest stepping stone.  You wouldn't ha e to take the actual ccip tests, themselves, but as you say, why not, you'll get another certification.  Boy this is something I will have to consider!

  • BIGEVIL 347 posts since
    Jun 28, 2008
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    14. Aug 1, 2011 12:59 AM (in response to Jared)
    Re: CCNP to CCIE...... big jump

    Thanks Jared.

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