Cisco Certified Network Professional or otherwise known as the CCNP Certification Program is considered to be an intermediate-level certification in the Cisco certified professional program. This certification would be aiming at the full-time network or system administrators, or those who would be working with the local and/or wide-area network (LAN/WAN). So, below we are going to discuss the updates in CCNP in the year 2020. Check it out and if you are looking for a good institute to train yourself for latest versions of CCNP, check out SPOTO.
Updates to the Cisco Professional certification program
In the new CCNP program, each CCNP certification would be required only two exams: one core exam and one concentration exam of the choice as per the candidates, so you would be able to focus on your interests and needs. And core exams in each technology track would also be serving as qualifying exams for CCIE lab exams. If you would have started working toward any current CCNP certification, keep going. In the new program, you would be receiving the credit for work you've already completed in the present program.
In order to clear any CCNP or CCIE in any Track, you would just have to pass two exams now. This new scheme would be validating the basic core knowledge that the candidates would need (Core Exam) while giving you the flexibility so that you could choose a focus Track (Concentration Exam). You could attempt them in any order as for an example concentration could be attempted before Core & vice versa.
CCNP Core Exam
There is a core exam which is considered to be quite different for all tracks of CCNP. Clearing this exam is the first step toward earning any or all of CCNP Track certification. You become a Cisco Specialist after you have cleared the Core Exam. You don’t have to pass the Core Exam again when you appear for CCIE. There would be a different Core Exam for each track. For example, ENCORE (300-401) is going to be required for CCNP Enterprise Track.
CCNP Concentration Exam:
After or before the Core exam, you could choose your Track to follow for your concentration exam which would be specified to that track. For Example, you would be able to choose ENSLD (300-420) for Enterprise track. There are 5 fixed tracks of CCNP now for Enterprise. All the CCNP exams of the new latest version are going to remain valid for 3 years.
Updated CE & other policies
All certified individuals must still register for and pass the corresponding Cisco re-certification exam but individuals can now also re-certify by completing CE (continuing education) activities and earning points within those 3 years. The CE point cap has also been removed.
The CE policies have been updated as well. Now you would be needed to score:
30 CE’s for CCNA re-certification
40 CE’s for Specialist re-certification
80 CE’s for Professionals re-certification (OR pass anyone professional concentration exam + 40 CE credits)
120 CE’s for CCIE re-certification (OR pass one technology core exam + 40 CE credits)
120 CE’s for CCDE re-certification (OR pass one technology core exam + 40 CE credits)
As always, individuals can re-certify by advancing to the next level of certifications as well. Certifications are required to meet prior to the certification expiration date. Candidates with expired certification must repeat the entire certification exam process in order to regain their certifications status (this is the same as before & no changes have happened here).
So, if you wish to have this certification according to the new updates, you should join the courses which are being offered by the SPOTO.