Welcome back to my channel, everyone! It's Chad here, and today, I'm excited to share with you my recent experience with the CCNP ENCOR exam. If you've been following my journey, you know that I completed the CCNA exam last year. However, my networking quest didn't end there, and I'll tell you why.

Initially, I had scheduled my CCNP ENCOR exam for April 18th, but as the date approached, I found myself getting antsy. Life's commitments and family events were on the horizon, and I decided to reschedule the exam. This rescheduling happened not once, but a couple of times. However, that anticipation got the best of me, and I finally took the exam on April 6th.

The thrilling news is that I passed! Now, for those who have been following my journey, you might recall that I initially thought of concluding my certification journey with the CCNA. But destiny had other plans. In the CBT Nuggets Discord chat, I had a conversation with Jeff Kish, one of the trainers, who challenged me to pursue the CCNP. At first, I was hesitant, but as I delved into my studies, I became fascinated by the material.

The CCNP ENCOR exam, with its focus on routing technologies like OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, and even MPLS and Layer 3 VPNs, truly excited me. It became the logical path for someone passionate about routing technologies. However, there's another path that intrigues me—the INSAID (Design) exam. Designing networks is another area that piques my interest, and I'm already diving into the official cert guide for that.

Now, let's discuss my study strategy, which I've consistently followed through my certification journey. For the CCNP ENCOR, I initially watched CBT Nuggets from start to finish. Halfway through, I decided to mix things up a bit and switched to Kevin Wallace's and Charles Judd's Udemy course. I completed that course and then returned to finish CBT Nuggets. Afterward, I read the official cert guide (OCG) cover to cover, and I repeated the process.

However, there was a point where I felt my retention could be better. That's when I stumbled upon Nick Russo's content on YouTube. I have to say that his content, especially the Pluralsight CCNP ENCOR material, stands out as some of my favorite networking resources.

I want to emphasize that this journey is about more than passing exams. It's about understanding and mastering the material. Certifications are a validation of your knowledge and skills, and they're valuable in your networking career.

Stay tuned as I continue my CCNP journey, and who knows, I might even set my sights on the prestigious CCIE. I'm excited about what the future holds, and I'll be sharing it all with you.

For those of you on your own certification journeys, remember that persistence and dedication are key. Keep learning, keep growing, and success will follow.

Thank you for joining me on this part of my journey. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop them below. I'll catch you in the next one.

Cracking the CCNP ENCOR: Strategies for Success

As my CCNP journey unfolded, I found myself captivated by the intricate world of networking technologies. I recently conquered the CCNP ENCOR exam, and in this article, I'll share with you my study strategies, insights about the exam, and valuable tips to navigate Cisco's certification path.

To kick things off, I must mention a resource that significantly influenced my CCNP preparation - Nick Russo's blog series. While I've always appreciated Jeremy Chara's teaching style for CCNA courses, Nick Russo brought a unique perspective to the table. What set his content apart was his approach of building a network from scratch based on the CCNP ENCOR blueprint. Watching him construct a network step by step using the blueprint was like solving a complex puzzle, and it enhanced my understanding of the subject matter.

Building on this foundation, I embarked on a 10-week journey through Pluralsight, where I followed a structured study plan. This plan included hands-on labs, a crucial element in grasping the practical aspects of networking. For lab exercises, I utilized GNS3 Vault, which is curated by René from Network Lessons. His website, networklessons.com, turned out to be a goldmine for in-depth explanations and clear understanding of networking concepts.

But here's the secret sauce that made all the difference - white papers. While not mandatory for the CCNP ENCOR, delving into white papers can be a game-changer. Some topics on the exam demand a deeper understanding than what you'll find in the official cert guide (OCG) or blog content. White papers can provide that extra insight and clarity, helping you master challenging topics.

Now, let's dive into the exam experience itself. The CCNP ENCOR exam is designed to be fair, testing your knowledge comprehensively. In comparison to the CCNA, I found the CCNP ENCOR exam more structured and focused. However, it's not without its quirks. There were a few questions that left me scratching my head. Some questions seemed to lack essential information or topology diagrams, making them a bit perplexing. While I contemplated using the comment feature to express my concerns, the ticking clock urged me to move forward.

When it comes to tricky questions, there was one that truly tested my mettle. Despite managing my time well throughout the exam, I spent a good ten minutes on a single question. The abundance of configuration output to dissect was overwhelming. Here's a valuable strategy - pay meticulous attention to the minutiae. Even a slight error in a prefix list or a route map can invalidate an answer. This keen eye for detail can help you eliminate incorrect options and zone in on the correct ones.

Lastly, a pro-tip: practice 'show run' commands diligently. Analyzing configuration outputs is an essential skill for the CCNP ENCOR exam. Familiarize yourself with various configurations, and you'll be better equipped to spot errors and discrepancies.

In conclusion, cracking the CCNP ENCOR exam demands a multi-faceted approach. Incorporate blog courses, hands-on labs, white papers, and meticulous examination of configuration outputs into your study routine. The exam is fair but can be tricky, so stay vigilant and trust your knowledge.

Stay tuned for more insights into my CCNP journey, and remember, the key to success in the world of networking lies in continuous learning and hands-on practice.

Charting My Cisco Journey: CCNP ENCOR Conquered

The journey towards achieving the CCNP ENCOR certification has been nothing short of exhilarating. After successfully conquering this milestone, I'm excited to share my experiences, insights, and future plans in the world of Cisco certifications.

As many of you know from following my channel, I began my CCNP journey after completing the CCNA certification. The allure of networking technologies and the desire to delve deeper into the intricacies of Cisco's offerings led me to the CCNP track.

My preparation for the CCNP ENCOR exam was a rigorous and dedicated process. I started my studies in September, setting a target date for the exam in April. However, the closer the exam date loomed, the more antsy I became. I postponed it a couple of times due to various commitments but eventually took the plunge on April 6th.

The journey leading up to the exam was characterized by intense daily study sessions. My approach has always been to study thoroughly and then set an exam date. This approach motivates me to ensure that I have mastered the content before facing the exam. The CCNP ENCOR exam was no exception to this strategy.

A pivotal resource in my preparation was Nick Russo's blog series. Nick's unique approach of building a network from the ground up, aligning it with the CCNP ENCOR blueprint, was a revelation. It felt like solving a complex puzzle, which significantly enhanced my understanding of the subject matter.

In addition to Nick's content, I embarked on a 10-week study plan from Pluralsight, which included hands-on labs. For lab exercises, I found GNS3 Vault, curated by René from Network Lessons, to be invaluable. His website, networklessons.com, played a vital role in breaking down complex concepts into easily digestible explanations.

But the true game-changer in my preparation was diving into white papers. While not mandatory, white papers provided an in-depth understanding of topics that exceeded the scope of the official cert guide (OCG) and blog content. These documents helped me navigate the exam's challenging aspects.

The CCNP ENCOR exam, in my opinion, was fair and structured. Unlike some previous exams, it followed a logical progression. However, there were a few questions that left me puzzled. Some seemed to lack essential information or diagrams, making them challenging to decipher. While I contemplated using the comment feature, I opted to manage my time effectively and move forward.

Tricky questions tested my mettle, with one question in particular requiring intense scrutiny of configuration outputs. Paying attention to small details proved essential. A minor error in a prefix list or route map can invalidate an answer. Diligently parsing configuration outputs allowed me to confidently eliminate incorrect options and focus on the correct ones.

In conclusion, achieving the CCNP ENCOR certification requires a multifaceted approach, including blog courses, hands-on labs, and delving into white papers. The exam is fair but can pose challenges, so meticulous preparation is key.

My Cisco journey doesn't end here. I'll be continuing down the Cisco certification track, fueled by my passion for networking technologies. The CCNP ENCOR exam was a significant milestone, and I'm excited to see where this journey takes me next.

Thank you for joining me on this adventure, and please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Your support has been invaluable, and I look forward to what lies ahead in the world of Cisco certifications.


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