Why to go for CCNP certification in 2020?
Cisco offers certifications that are highly honored and sought-after within the IT industry. Obtaining these certifications allows IT professionals to utilize Cisco products and services to the largest capacity. Although there are different levels of certifications one can opt for but CCNA and CCNP are the most preferred ones.
CCNA vs. CCNP
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification allows a professional to operate, troubleshoot, install, and configure networks. It primarily focuses on areas such as data centers, wireless, or cloud configuration.
Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNA) certification focuses on WAN and LAN and achieving this certification allow IT professionals to plan, troubleshoot and accomplish these networks.
Benefits of doing CCNP in 2020
There are lots of advantages of doing CCNP certification and some are mentioned below-
- You get certified by the networking leaders
- You get a vast range of career options
- Keeps you up-to-date with the network evolutions
- You get to stand out with your employers
- You can learn from your peers
- You get full opportunity for best trainings
- You get paid well.
Prior to 24th February 2020, CCNA was an essential requirement for acquiring the certification of CCNP. But after the date changes were made in the certification process and now applicants can directly apply for CCNP without even having a CCNA certification.
CCNP Enterprise enables you to handle today’s professional-level job roles in networking technologies. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise is alternatively named for former ‘Routing and Switching’. It is the most demanded certifications in CCNP.
CCNP enterprise is basically divided into two modules –
1. ENCOR– Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies
ENCOR is an exam lasting for 120 minutes covering topics from six domains, i.e. architecture, virtualization, automation, infrastructure, network assurance and security. ENCOR serves for multiple exams as CCNP Core, CCIE Infrastructure Lab and CCIE Wireless Lab qualification exams. Each attempt for this exam costs $400.
2. ENARSI– Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services
ENARSI is an exam lasting for 90 minutes covering topics from four branches, i.e. layer 3 technologies, VPN technologies, infrastructure security and infrastructure services. Each attempt for this exam costs $300.
For achieving CCNP Enterprise Certification you need to pass two exams
- Core Enterprise Technologies Exam
- Concentration Exam
Why CCNP and not CCNA?
CCNA certification is an associate-level certification which helps professionals to test switching and routing fundamentals. CCNP certification is professional-level certification that requires higher and deeper knowledge of understanding of WANs and LANs and how they work. CCNP is considered more superior out of these two certifications because it provides a broader field of working of networking and it also includes content such as security and wireless options that are missing in CCNA.
Talking about the career paths of these two certifications CCNA can get you to entry level jobs such as-
- Network Support Engineer
- Network Technician
- Helpdesk Engineer
- Service Desk technician
- First and second line support
While the CCNP certification can get you to the advanced level of jobs such as-
- Third Line Support
- Network Engineer
- Network Analyst
- IT Team Leader
- Systems Engineer
- Network Specialist
To watch some free sample videos:
👉 Python for Network Automation
👉 SDWAN 300-415
👉 CCNP Encor, Enarsi
👉 CCIE Enterprise Lab
👉 Firewall Mastery 5IN1
👉 CISCO ACI + CISCO SDWAN + CISCO NEXUS
👉 OSPF + BGP + MPLS
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