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CCIP Retirement

Apr 24, 2012 9:46 PM

Craig - CCNP 44 posts since
Nov 12, 2009

Hi Guys,

 

Its my understanding that the CCIP certification helped bridge the gap between CCNP and CCIE R & S.

 

Now that CCIP is going to be retired can anyone recommend any other options or is just a matter of jumping straight into CCIE from my CCNP?

  • Bradford Chatterjee (CCIEx2/CCDE) 347 posts since
    Jul 7, 2009
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    1. Apr 24, 2012 10:31 PM (in response to Craig - CCNP)
    Re: CCIP Retirement

    People liked the CCNP -> CCIP -> CCIE R&S route because CCIP had a focus on BGP, MPLS, and QOS that the CCNP lacks. There's no reason you can't still study those topics using the same resources that CCIP candidates used. The CCNP SP does have those topics in its cirriculum, but its added focus on IOS-XR and advanced SP focus will probably make it less attractive to most CCIE R&S candidates now.

     

    On the other hand, CCNP SP is much better preparation for CCIE SP than the CCIP was.

     

    What I'm really saying is: yes, the preferred path for a lot of candidates will probably go CCNP -> CCIE R&S now.

  • Robert-CCNP 18 posts since
    Jul 21, 2011
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    Re: CCIP Retirement

    Bradford, you hit the nail right on the head, at least for my situation. Was halfway thorugh MPLS when I read the news. After a good day of thinking about it, I am going to finish where I am at, before 'officially' starting the CCIE journey. 

  • Stephen 488 posts since
    Apr 22, 2011
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    4. Apr 26, 2012 2:29 PM (in response to Robert-CCNP)
    Re: CCIP Retirement

    Same as me Robert.  It's a shame that the CCIP is retired because I think it would have really helped ease the gap between CCNP & CCIE R&S in my opinion! It also would have gave me a little more time in the network industry, which in itself increases experience time!  Pff, anyhow, I'm just glad my new company is paying for my CCIE exam

  • Sey 1,388 posts since
    May 4, 2010
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    5. Apr 27, 2012 1:26 AM (in response to Stephen)
    Re: CCIP Retirement

    Why is it a shame? If you hold CCNP and are halfway through CCIP, go ahead and finish it. It will remain valid for 3 years since you earn it, and it will help you to ease the gap. If you did not start it yet, you may want to either study corresponding topics on BGP and QoS without taking exams, or study for CCNP SP.

  • Stephen 488 posts since
    Apr 22, 2011
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    6. Apr 27, 2012 2:57 AM (in response to Sey)
    Re: CCIP Retirement

    Yeah I know, its just a shame that it can't be renewed or valid after 3 years. I'm flying onto ccie r&s anyhow

  • Tom Cooper 7 posts since
    Sep 15, 2011
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    7. May 3, 2012 7:51 AM (in response to Craig - CCNP)
    Re: CCIP Retirement

    I had similar concerns with CCIP and CCNP SP. Keep in mind that, 3 years from now, your CCIP certification counts towards CCNP SP. This has advantages of a) not requiring you to take CCNA SP before moving onto CCNP SP and b) having your BGP/MPLS and ROUTE exams count towards a CCNP SP.

     

    So while there's no bridge anymore from CCNP R&S to CCNP SP, if you obtain CCIP this year before its officially sunset, you can use it down the road towards a full-blown CCNP SP.

     

    That's my plan anyways, as I too am in the middle of my BGP+MPLS studies.

     

    Study hard and you will succeed.

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