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opportunities for the CNE and MCSE who just don't know how to advance
to a higher level.
So, you're thinking, "Great, what do I do after I pass the CCNA exam?"
Well, if you want to become a CCIE in Routing and Switching (the most pop-
ular certification), understand that there's more than one path to that much-
coveted CCIE certification. The first way is to continue studying and become
a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). That means four more
tests, and the CCNA certification, to you.
The CCNP program will prepare you to understand and comprehensively
tackle the internetworking issues of today and beyond--not limited to the
Cisco world. You will undergo an immense metamorphosis, vastly increas-
ing your knowledge and skills through the process of obtaining these certi-
Remember that you don't need to be a CCNP or even a CCNA to take the
CCIE lab, but to accomplish that, it's extremely helpful if you already have
these certifications.
What Are the CCNP Certification Skills?
Cisco demands a certain level of proficiency for its CCNP certification. In
addition to those required for the CCNA, these skills include the following:
Installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting complex
routed LAN, routed WAN, and switched LAN networks, and Dial
Access Services.
Understanding complex networks, such as IP, IGRP, IPX, Async
Routing, AppleTalk, extended access lists, IP RIP, route redistribu-
tion, IPX RIP, route summarization, OSPF, VLSM, BGP, Serial, IGRP,
Frame Relay, ISDN, ISL, X.25, DDR, PSTN, PPP, VLANs, Ethernet,
ATM LAN-emulation, access lists, 802.10, FDDI, and transparent
and translational bridging.
To meet the Cisco Certified Network Professional requirements, you
must be able to perform the following:
Install and/or configure a network to increase bandwidth, quicken
network response times, and improve reliability and quality of service.
Maximize performance through campus LANs, routed WANs, and
remote access.
Improve network security.
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