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The Cisco Certified Network Professional is a professional-level Cisco certification. Certification holders possess the skills necessary to work with both local and wide-area enterprise networks, including planning, implementation, verification, and troubleshooting. CCNP professionals also possess knowledge required to work with network specialists from other disciplines such as wireless, video, voice, and security.
• Prerequisite Certification: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or any Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification
• Recommended Years of Experience/Knowledge: 1 year
Typical Job Titles for Certification Holders
Network Engineer/Sr. Network Engineer • Network Engineer, IT • Systems Engineer/Sr. Systems Engineer (Computer Networking/IT) • Information Technology IT Manager • Network Technician • Support Engineer
Typical Job Tasks
CCNP professionals perform functions on complex enterprise network systems including installing, configuring, and implementing internal and external routing solutions, as well as managing connections to LANs and WANs from Cisco ISR routers. In addition, CCNP professionals use Cisco’s Campus Enterprise Architecture to create switching solutions, including VLAN, WLAN, voice, and video. CCNP credential holders also maintain routed and switched networks on enterprise systems.
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