Non-credit, Short-term Program
Cisco’s CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) is an intermediate-level certification for IT professionals who can “install, configure, and troubleshoot local and wide area networks for enterprise organizations with networks from 100 to more than 500 nodes.” The CCNP Certification has as its prerequisite the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), and covers content such as: “security, converged networks, quality of service (QoS), virtual private networks (VPN) and broadband technologies.”
The CCNP got its start several years ago and has been recently changed in the summer of 2003, with the introduction of the Composite exam. There is a four exam, three exam and two exam path to the CCNP. The CCNP is valid for three years. To recertify, the candidate must pass the Composite exam. “Recertifying at the Professional level automatically renews the related CCNA certification.”
Job roles of those pursuing this certification generally include: network administrator, LAN administrator, and network infrastructure administrator.