Finally! Just a couple of hours ago I passed the ONT exam and with this I completed the CCNP requirements!! I need a couple of minutes to soack it in
From the moment I started studying for CCNA until today it has been very rewarding and challenging personal experience that has helped gain valuable knowledge, get to know awesome people (personally and virtually), and get the job I always wanted (at least for now jeje).
I started studying CCNA in a local Cisco Academy as a teenager and the day I got CCNA certified was one of the most important of my life. From that point on everything clicked. I started working in a local IT services company where I went from netadmin/IT security to project leader/IT consultant. Ironically I didn't worked as much as I wanted with Cisco, but got my hands on Juniper netscreen firewalls (jncia-fwv certified), windows/linux servers, perimeter security, wan optimization, and everything that any of our clients wanted to implement.
Now I work in another great company, one of the biggest multinational SP. Im the engineer in charge of everything related to our IP/MPLS backbone. 5 1/2 years after hearing for the first time about something called TCP/IP I can say that I'm a CCNP, what an awesome feeling!! The downsize is as Socrates said: I know that I know nothing..
My next goal is completing CCDP and CCIP. Next year I will start studying for CCIE R&S written exam. My plan is to take the remaining CCIP exams (MPLS, BGP, QOS) as I go throught that technologies while studying for CCIE (360 or IE?)..
Finally, my recommendation for anyone thinking about it: GO FOR IT!!
Best regards and good luck!
Hi, thank you all guys!
Yoseph, BCMSN was my first CCNP exam too. I used the same method through all my path: Cisco Official Certification Guide + Cisco CCNP Lab portfolios + CBT Nuggets. I used GNS3 for many labs, but with BCMSN i had to borrow some switches as GNS3 didn't supported many of the features i needed at the time (don't know if now you can perform the switching labs with it, i think not cause there's no way to emulate the asic code). For some topics i used the cisco netacademy ccnp curriculum 'cause I think it's easier to read and in some cases it has more explanations and references..
Congratulations! The CCNP is a great certification that really cements the foundations you need to move towards other certs, especially the CCIE R&S. I would make a small suggestion - get the CCIE Study guide early, as well as Routing TCP/IP Vol 1 2nd Edition, and maybe the QoS book, and start reading now, even while you study hard for other certs. It is my experience, that ss you read more and more, the concepts become simpler, and become less difficult to retain. The more exposure, the better!
Travis, I think you are totally right with your suggestion. I hope I will get my hands on the new CCIE Study guide as soon as it comes out, but before digging deeper into CCIE I have the following plan:
- Design/Perform multiple CCNP level labs (routing more than anything).
- Get certified in CCDA/ARCH for the CCDP.
- Replicate my IP/MPLS network from office in GNS3 and do some extensive practice over that (jeje obviously there is not much testing I can do at the production network at the office).
- Start CCIE written preparation: Routing TCP/IP books, the Study Guide, IE videos, QoS/MPLS/BGP books, etc.
The goal is to pass the written part by the end of the next year. Let's see about that! Definitely it's gonna be very interesting!!
Thnx Martin. As for your question Cisco says 5+ years (https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-1867) but the number of years depends heavily on the individual and the type of work itself.
Ernesto, congratulations. Two weeks ago I passed the BSCI. I am currently studying for the BCMSN. I will take the ISCW next, and the ONT last. Best to you.
And thanks for the information on the recourses used. I have been studying for the BCMSN for the last 2 months, took the test last week but did not pass (yet), I am now thinking about continuing on with the BSCI and then taking the composite test. What are your thoughts on this approach?