Frequently Asked Questions: CCNP Version 6.0

Q. Which courses are part of the new Cisco CCNP® v6.0 curriculum?
A. The Networking Academy CCNP v6.0 curriculum that aligns with the new Cisco® certification exams consists of three new courses:
● CCNP: Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE), which replaces Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI), is scheduled for release in March 2010
● CCNP: Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH), which replaces Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN), is scheduled for release in March 2010
● CCNP: Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT) is scheduled for release in April 2010

These three new courses will replace the current four CCNP v5.0 courses. Please note that two of the v5.0 courses, Implementing Secure Cisco Wide Area Networks (ISCW) and Optimizing Converged Cisco Networks (ONT), do not have a direct replacement. The content of these courses has either been incorporated into the three new courses, or dropped from the CCNP curriculum.

Q. When will be the current CCNP 5.0 courses be retired?
A. To facilitate a smooth transition, the CCNP 5.0 curriculum will be available for one year after the release of the new courses. However, all academies are encouraged to migrate to CCNP 6.0 as soon as possible to take advantage of the new curriculum. The end of availability dates are March 2011 for ISCW and ONT, and June 2011 for BSCI and BCMSN.

Q. Until when will Networking Academy students be able to take the current CCNP certification exams?
A. The four current CCNP certification exams will be available to the general public through July 31, 2010 and to Networking Academy students using a special voucher through July 31, 2011. More information about how to obtain a special, non-discount voucher to enable students to continue to take the retiring exams will be communicated as soon as it is available.

After July 31, 2011, all Networking Academy candidates for CCNP will need to pass the Troubleshoot (TSHOOT) certification exam. Passing scores on the BSCI and BCMSN exams will continue to be accepted as satisfying CCNP certification requirements, even though the exams will no longer be available. Networking Academy exam candidates can mix and match CCNP exam requirements to achieve CCNP certification as shown in the following table:

Q. What are the numbers and acronyms of the existing and the new CCNP certification exams?
A. The exams are listed below, new exams appear in bold type:

Q. How is the new Cisco CCNP® curriculum structured?
A. The new CCNP v6.0 curriculum comprises three semester long, 70-hour courses that align with the three new CCNP certification exams: CCNP ROUTE, CCNP SWITCH, and CCNP TSHOOT. Course components include hands-on lab activities, case studies, chapter quizzes, a final exam, and a skills based assessment. Unlike other Cisco Networking Academy® courses, the CCNP courses will not have the traditional GUI-based curriculum. It is replaced by a Cisco Press textbook.

Q: Now that the revised CCNP has been announced, can I still take the previous CCNP exams? How long will they be valid?
A: The last day for candidates to take the BSCI, BCMSN, ISCW, and ONT exams will be July 31, 2010. Candidates who pass the BSCI and BCMSN exams will be able to apply those exams toward CCNP certification as long as their score is valid—within three years from the date of the exam. Please note that no direct replacements are being developed for the ISCW and ONT exams, and passing scores on these exams will be accepted only until July 31, 2010. Candidates for CCNP who do not complete all of their certification by July 31, 2010 will be required to pass the TSHOOT exam #642-832 to meet the requirements for certification.

Q: What if I have completed one or more of the previous CCNP exams? Can I still count those exams toward my certification?
A. The table below lists all of the valid ways to become certified. Note the expiration date of the options using ISCW and ONT. Candidates who are in the process of obtaining their CCNP, and who wish to certify before the new TSHOOT exam becomes required, must pass all of the required exams on or before July 31, 2010. After July 31, 2010, all CCNP candidates will be required to pass the TSHOOT exam.

Information on the mix-and-match options for Cisco CCDP® and Cisco CCIP® are also included, as they require routing and switching skills, as well.

Q. The CCIP certification requires the BSCI exam. The CCDP certification requires the BSCI and BCMSN exams. Will these exams still be available for CCIP and CCDP candidates?
A. No, the BSCI and BCMSN exams will be retired and replaced with the ROUTE and SWITCH exams, respectively, in all related Cisco certifications. Students who are working toward their CCIP or CCDP certifications should refer to the mix-and-match tables above for further information.

Q. Is there a specific order that the exams need to be taken for the new CCNP?
A. The exams may be taken in any order, but the recommended order for the courses is to take ROUTE and SWITCH before the TSHOOT course, which incorporates the knowledge from ROUTE and SWITCH into the lab scenarios that are used for course work.

Q: What is being changed in the routing exam and course?
A: The CCNP routing course (Implementing Cisco IP Routing) and 642-9032 ROUTE exam now cover these additional topics:

* Configuring EIGRP across HDLC, Frame Relay, MPLS, VPN, and MPLS virtual circuits
* Configu
ring OSPF over HDLC, Frame Relay, PPT, and over different WAN links
* Implementing alternate routing path control
* Implementing IPv
* Analyzing branch office network designs and planning installation
* Analyzing designs to support mobile workers and planning network modifications.

Q: What is being changed in the switching exam and course?
A: The CCNP switching course (Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks) and 642-813 SWITCH exam now cover these additional topics:

* Implementing Per VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST) and 802.1W Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol
* Implementing network monitoring in a highly available network
* Integrating the latest WLAN devices into the campus infrastructure

Q: What happens if I have already passed some of the current CCNP requirements? Which of the new exams do I need to take?
A: You will have until July 31, 2010 to complete the current series of CCNP exams to achieve certification. As of August 1, 2010, the BSCI, BCMSN, ISCW, and ONT exams will be retired. Note that no replacements are being developed for the ISCW and ONT exams. Because of the similarity of topics, candidates who have a valid passing score on BSCI will not be required to take the ROUTE exam, and those who have a valid passing score on BCMSN will not be required to take the SWITCH exam. However, candidates who have not passed the ISCW and ONT exams by July 31, 2010 will need to pass the TSHOOT exam to achieve CCNP certification. Please refer to the online table for your specific situation located on the CCNP home page off Cisco.com.

Q: I have passed only the ISCW or ONT exam, not both. Should I try to take the other exam before July 31, 2010? *OR* I have taken the ISCW (or ONT) course, but not the exam. Should I try to take the exam before July 31, 2010?
A: If you can pass both the ISCW and ONT exams by July 31, 2010, before they are retired, you will not have to take the TSHOOT exam to achieve certification. If, on the other hand, you do not think that you have a good chance of passing both exams before July 31, 2010, then you should focus your time on preparing for the TSHOOT exam, as you will not have an opportunity to retake ISCW or ONT after July 31, 2010. Do not waste your time and money trying to pass just one of the exams, because one is not enough to waive the requirement to pass TSHOOT beyond July 31, 2010.

Q. Why is the online curriculum being replaced by a book?
A. Networking Academy wanted the CCNP curriculum update to coincide with the release of the new certification exams to help ensure that the curriculum is relevant to the needs of students and academies. To optimize development time and resources, we decided to replace the resource- and time-intensive development of online course content with textbooks. This decision allowed us to focus on the development of other course components that are highly valued by the Networking Academy CCNP community.

Q. How will Networking Academy guarantee the alignment of the textbooks with other course components?
A. All course components, including the books, are part of an instructional design that guarantees their consistency and alignment. We are working in close collaboration with Cisco Press to help ensure that the study guides traditionally published by Cisco Press align with the Networking Academy CCNP courses.

Q. Will the books be available in electronic forms.
A. Yes, Cisco Press will make all books available in electronic format.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the new CCNP 6.0 couses?
A. Please refer to the following table. Please note that although no prerequisites are indicated for CCNP Switch, all CCNP courses presume knowledge at the Cisco CCNA® routing and switching level.

Q. What type of instructor training will be required to teach the new CCNP 6.0 curriculum?
A. The following table summarizes the training requirements for CCNP. All instructors will need to complete instructor training to teach CCNP Troubleshoot, regardless of their current training status. Instructors who are currently certified to teach both CCNP: BSCI and CCNP: BCMSN will not require any additional training to teach the CCNP Route and CCNP Switch courses.

Q. Who will offer instructor training?
A. Instructor training will be offered by CCNP CATCs and regional academies (where applicable). Please check with your support academy for the availability of instructor training classes.

Q. Will instructor training be offered remotely?
A. CATCs and regional academies are strongly encouraged to offer Blended Distance Learning options for CCNP instructor training. A list of options will be published when available.

Q. What equipment bundles will be required to teach the new CCNP curriculum.
A. Lab equipment topologies are detailed in the CCNP v6.0 Scope and Sequence. Academies should be able to use most of their current equipment.

Q. Will NETLAB support the new CCNP lab activities.
A. Yes. All lab activities are being designed to be remote enabled using NDG’s NETLAB.

Last day to test for v5.0 (BSCI, BCMSN, COMP, ISCW, ONT):- 31st July, 2010.

New v6.0 exams availability date:-

642-902 ROUTE
Available March 10, 2010

642-813 SWITCH
Available March 10, 2010

642-832 TSHOOT
Available: April 30, 2010

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