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Cisco networking training spotlight: CCNP certification

Since Cisco Systems was founded in 1984, it has been responsible for many significant innovations in the development of IP technologies. Cisco still leads the world in Internet networking solutions today. By pursuing your Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) training and certification, you will be associating yourself with a networking industry leader.

What Is Involved in CCNP Training and Certification?
The prerequisite to CCNP training and certification is a valid CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) certification. At this level, you will be able to develop a core network capable of supporting between 100 and 500 nodes.

There are 3 or 4 exams required to attain your CCNP certification depending upon which exam path you choose. The Composite exam encompasses the topics covered in both the "Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks" exam and the "Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks."

Topics Mastered through CCNP Training:
  • EIGRP (Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol)
  • OSPF (open shortest path first)
  • IS-IS (intermediate system to intermediate system)
  • IOS routing (input/output system)
  • BGP (border gateway protocol)
  • Multicast forwarding
  • IPv6
  • VLAN (virtual local area network)
  • Spanning tree protocols including the different types and uses
  • Inter-VLAN routing
  • Gateway redundancy technology
  • Wireless client access
  • Switched network security features
  • Voice support
  • Teleworker services
With the completion of your CCNP training and certification, you will mark yourself as a serious networking professional.

Sources
Cisco Systems Inc. "Cisco Certified Network Professional Exam"
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