I have literally just completed the CCNA Exploration course via the Cisco NetAcad program and am preparing for my exam in the next few weeks. I am now looking forward to studying for the CCNP. I am based in the UK and the costs for CCNP courses are out of my price range, so I'm opting for the self-study route. My question relates to what 'official' material to study?
On the CCNA NetAcad program, I was following four official companion guide books by Rick Graziani. These were the same word for word on the NetAcad site. Are there similar books to follow for the CCNP? I would like something that I can follow in depth rather than just get me 'exam ready'. A lot of the material I have seen online seems to be geared towards 'exam prep' rather than taking you from the beginning.
From my limited research; I am going to do the CCNP Route exam first, I have free access to switches/routers from the networking team in my company and am also aware that I will need gns3 and at least 12hrs per week study time. It's the study material that I am not sure about.
Has anyone done or is doing the CCNP via NetAcad that can tell me the books that are recommended by Cisco to study?
Thanks a lot!!
I do believe that they use the Cisco press books, that is the books that are give to students of the OU in the UK that are taking the NetAcad course for the CCNP with them. There is some online material , but they also have the books to go along with the material .
But if you are looking for ways to study there is a few ways that you can do it for little or no money . If you would like more information on what I have done , just ask.
Thanks, John. I saw the OU site mention companion books, but they did not specify which titles they used. I kept checking and saw "Foundation Learning Guides" by Diane Teare mentioned quite a bit. I think these are the ones.
For now I'll focus on getting my CCNA exam under my belt and hopefully move straight to the CCNP. I'll definitely have more questions as time goes on. This site has been a great help so far
Thanks, Arteq. That confirms what I have been reading online. Is it possible to get the netacad manuals for free as netacad alumni? I see they sell them as separate books also.
go for the "Implementing Cisco IP routing" Foundation learning guide by Diane Teare...its a good one and also price is less...you will be getting good knowledge..
Thanks for the help guys,
Just wanted to update you that I passed my CCNA on Sept 11th and bought "Implementing Cisco IP routing" Foundation learning guide by Diane Teare a few days later . Currently waiting for it to arrive in the post and then onto CCNP studies.
Congrats on passing CCNA. Is the book very good for someone who has just passed ccna?
I am preparing to take Ccna soon and looking forward to advance.
Do you recommend this book?
Thank you for the congrats. To answer your question, yes I recommend this book to someone who has just passed the CCNA or even someone who has passed some time ago. I'm reading the FLG from Diane Teare along with the lab guides that can be downloaded from the Cisco site and rather than be a straight follow on from CCNA, they go over the topics again and then go into more advanced details, so can also be used as a revision guide.
Hope that helps,
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Hi all, i'm reading your post and i have a question for you, which one do you think is better the official cert guide or the foundation learning guide?
I just pass my ccna r&s a few days ago and i want to start to study for the ccnp route exam...
which one do you recommend me?
thank you in advance!
I have looked at the blurb for the OCG and it states it contains: "preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills."
... To me, that suggest the reader has already studied for the exam and should use the OCG to brush-up on any areas of weakness and to get a feel for what the exam will be like.
It's a long read, but I recommend going through the FLG first - it's what you would use if you attended a Cisco Net Acad class.