If I were to compare Cisco certifications to college degrees. I would say this lines up to the bachelor degree sort of level as in when somebody says I have a bachelor's degree in something said: communications people assume , That that is a skill. You'Ve spent time honing and mastering I assume, If I hire you, You are going to know how to communicate in the same sense.

Ccnp just has a solid feel to it, Where people that have this are assumed to know. You are, You are solid in Cisco, And that goes right into well. Who would want a CCNP? The CCNP person is somebody who wants to specialize in Cisco, Whereas the CCNA, If you have a CCNA and if you haven't seen my explanation of that, I encourage you to check that one out, It's kind of a typically a mixed person to where t know Cisco.

T have the the main concepts and ideas down, But t have other skills to keep them busy like some Microsoft skills or Linux skills, Or you know something that t do day-to-day consist goes just one of the many things that t do, Whereas when you go for The CCNP now you're, Looking at somebody who's a lot more specialized. These are the people that hire onto internet service, Of writers, ISPs or move into large organizations that have enough of an infrastructure that t say we need one or three or ten different full-time people dedicated to Cisco, Because we're bringing up new offices or setting up constant Bgp connection I mean these are: these are just people that really specialize in the Cisco realm. So if that's where you want to go this, This is this.

Is your core certification now at Cisco's revise this? There was an old CCNP and I want to explain where that was and explain where it is now, Because that helps you see where cisco has gone with is the old CCNP became kind of I don't know tainted? I guess is the word that I would use, Meaning as new technologies came out like voice and security and Wi-FI t all just kind of crept into the old ccnp, Where the old CCNP started becoming not as specialized in the core routing and switching skills. So it used to be for exams and there used to be kind of a wider spread, But not as deep of a knowledge and a lot of things so in cisco revised I'm so happy when t came out with this t said: that's it. It's boiled down.

Three exams: route switch and troubleshooting tour. When you really look at these, You go . These go not as much breath as a matter of fact when t did this revision. I looked at the objective, So I was like wow. T actually remove some of it, But man. It goes deep to where you really master a lot of the routing and switching topics, Rather than just kind of glossing over some of the specialized things and then troubleshoot t shoot man.

That's that's just a plain fun exam I'll explain that in just a second. So let me let me talk about the difficulty of these exams. These exams, If I were to you, Know rate them on a scale. I mean grab my pen here, Power to say: , One is a piece of cake . You know you can pass this no brainer.

You know Microsoft accession. It says just kidding, Don't scratch that last comment, But Microsoft exams are are challenging. So so, Let's say right here I would say a CCNA is probably about an eight point. Five, If I were to throw it out there, I don't know where the point five came from, But that's that's my CCNA and I explained the CCNA and one of my other explanations that I have so if again, If you haven't seen that check that out, I really call that, Like a weed out exam, Because it's tough, It really really is a thorough, Tough exam.

It's a good good exam, I would say the CCNP t probably come in. I would say t come in somewhere between 80 and 85, Which surprises people when I say that t go wow, So you're, Saying t're, Just as just as difficult or maybe even a little easier than the CCNA kinda I mean . There's there's a lot of info, It's a lot of deep information, But I mean I would say I would put them on par with the CCNA, Because the CCNA is so difficult, So cisco really did a great job with this. No, No, I say that's a I mean you're, Probably thinking so what'd, You rate all Cisco exams that way new new new it Cisco really puts time into the exams that a lot of people take a lot of people take CCNA a lot of people take CCNP T'Re the most popular tracks that Cisco goes after, But when you start getting into some of the call them fringe tracks, You know I'll, Say more specialized tracks like like Wireless or security or voice.

You know some of these other specialized tracks. I have taken exams in there where I would say . That's that's about a 60. You know to where it's not that difficult. It's more of a you know.

Multiple-Choice, Did you read the book? Can you remember the facts? So, Do you remember that SIPP is the call control protocol? I mean thing things like that tourists just kind of rattle off the facts. You know pass exam and the reason some of those exams are that way and in Cisco's revising them too. But it's just because there's not as much demand for them so cisco says: well we're not going to put in a massive effort on development when again there's not as many people going after this now as time goes on. Of course t evolve and so on.

So if I'm explaining why I'm saying this is the difficulty of these exams now the cost of these exams is a little more expensive and t've gone up. It's funny. I looked just before I started up. Recording this - and I said, Is it still, And it is it's $250 per attempt on these exams, And it made me feel old, Because I thought why I remember when these were like hundred bucks in an attempt. I'm like what what happened.

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You know, And I, For instance, I just registered to take my CCIE renewal exam next week and I went to register. I was like 350 bucks. What are these people doing? I mean the prices of these go up and up and up t everything used to be back back in the day. Back back in the day walked uphill, Both ways right.

You know it was a hundred bucks for everything. Now it's going up, So it does hurt. If you miss these exams, You know the the CCNA exams, The ICD one and two are $125 an attempt. So you effectively double your exam cost for this.

So you know you really. You really gotta have a little more confidence going at this, Because it will have a little more sting if you missed the exam, So the order a lot of people say well. What order should I take these in? Doesn'T matter except meaning, You can take route first or switch first, Doesn't matter now, You might hear some people say well, If you have some routing, It helps with the layer.

3 switching side way well, . It might help a little bit, But really has done a great job about making these exam pure meaning. You'll talk about layer, 3. Switching and you know, VLAN interfaces all that kind of stuff and switch, But t don't go into the deep concepts of EIA RP.

Even though you can use dpI GRP concepts on a switch, A layer 3 switch because t reserve those for route. So, Honestly, I'm telling you from front I've taken both of these exams a couple times. I t are really independent. T really focus on their technology.

The only restriction I say is always always always save t shoot for last, Because t shoot pulls from the knowledge of both of these exams, Which you will. Naturally, I will say you will do 70% of your troubleshooting preparation as you study, Route and switch, And let me talk about t shoot. T shoot is a very different exam for Cisco.

It's one of the first I would say quasI real-world exams that t've come up with and I will tell you if you have route and switch and you have some real-world experience to go along with it. T shoot is just plain fun. I know that's funny to say, But it's I mean there when you take that exam.

There may be like three or four pure multiple-choice questions to start the exam that just get your blood flowing, And then you are fully into simulations and it's it's not that you are solving problems. A matter of fact. You are restricted from even going to global config mode. You are there to diagnose issues and tell the exam engine what exactly those issues are and then, If you did have access, You tell the exam engine what you would do to fix it now. Yes, It gears those into multiple-choice questions, But it's a multI path, Meaning when you you'll you'll have a scenario you know. T'll, Have you know 50 routers, But not that many, A lot of routers or switches all tied together, It'll have a little network.

Topology and it'll say you know, Here's your scenario, Blah blah blah Joe can't ping, The web server or access webpages he's very upset. Please resolve this this issue, So so you'll start the exam a matter of fact. T actually have a example of the exam engine on Cisco's web site, Ciscocom forward, Slash certification.

If you want to see what it looks like that's where to go, T even publish all the topologies, The diagrams that t use before you get to the exam. So really t help out with this test, But you'll see the topology and then t'll say: , You know question one on which router is this problem located now here's the fun part - and I thought I could totally work the exam when I feel like find the Way to figure it out without actually knowing what the issue is just by you know kind of working the question you totally can, Because you say: well, I think the problem is on router four and you do that by clicking on all the routers doing, Show Commands and all that kind of stuff and seeing where the issue is at so when you click router four, It takes you to the next question and now it's got a whole pool of questions that are related specifically to problems that could happen on router 4. Now, If the problem is not on router 4, Then all of these second answers won't line up at all with what the exact problem is. But yet you know if you're, If you, If you are off in your troubleshooting skills, You might think that t line up. So you might choose this and then based on the answer to that question, You get a whole other kind of multI path. Sort of a group of answers that could be totally unrelated to the issue, So so it's a good test.

I mean I smile and I think about tissue, Because when you finish that test, It's just like that that was cool. You know. You know those good feelings.

You get when you solve a problem at work and you go down hot. That was it. You want to go document and tell your friends, You know. , I ran into it. That's totally the feeling you get when you finish, T shoot you're like oh you like.

When you find it, I found myself in the exam going. Ah that was tricky that nice, Nice nice one to go there so T shoot, I would say, Is just it's a fun exam, But it really builds on that route and switch knowledge. So last thing I'll say: on ccnp, I know many of you. If you haven't again, I recorded a whole article explaining all well the major certification tracks that cisco has there's CCNP voice, There's CCNP security wireless, All that kind of stuff.

One one question I get all the time is: should I take this CCNP first CCNP routing and switching I'll call it before I take the other ones. Will it help me - and I will say this is this - is one of the areas where the the core ccnp has an advantage over all the others and that it helps with everything, Meaning if you have a CCNP and then you decide, I want to specialize In voice, All of those concepts will just come easier to you, Because there's just a lot of pieces from core routing and switching that you'll you'll see applied over there and the same thing goes for the security side. Now, I'm not saying security you're going to have to know everything about OSPF. You know routing protocol or something like that.

But I mean just knowing OSPF like you do when you go through CCNP you're, Just it's just going to help. When you get to see cmp security, You'll see some concept. People like got it, Whereas somebody who never went for this original CCNP is going to just take some more time to learn it, Because it t don't t're kind of going in cold on a lot of those concepts.

So the CCNP does have the advantage of helping with everything the final thing I'll say on this: the other major thing that Cisco did when t revised the CCNP program. As t said, We want this to be unnatural preparation to move people to the CCIE certification see before when you learn the CCNP and then you went to the CCie. It was like , Buddy you're, Starting over I mean you've, Got a ton to learn. Here's all the stuff - and I'm not saying CCIE - is any easier, There's still a ton to learn, But I can tell you because I've taken the CCIE, That's that's what I have my CCIe is routing and switching and when t revise this, I started seeing concepts In there, Like policy, Routing policy based routing and in advanced route, Filtering using route maps and regular expressions - and I - and I was thinking man this is this - is not your child ccnp anymore, I mean this is. I was saying this is like a natural move into the CCIE that didn't exist before so so it really, It really does fit that role.

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