CCNP | Cisco Certified Network Professional


Validate an advanced-level of expertise.

The Cisco Certified Network Professional validates an advanced-level of expertise within a specific Cisco track. The CCNP also demonstrates the ability to effectively work independently or lead network teams. A CCNP-level certification is highly regarded in most industries and can provide employment opportunities all over the world.

Achieve the CCNP by successfully completing three to four additional exams beyond the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA.)

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Course guide

Qualification: CCNP

Study time: Full time – three months | Part time – five to six months

Vendor: Cisco

Student support: Success Advisors

Prerequisites: CCNA + one year experience in a networking environment

Assessment: Exam based – 300-101, 300-115 + 300-135

Resources: Internet access and email

Ideal for: Senior network engineer, network support technician, telecoms support engineer, network designer, IT manager and systems administrator


Implementing Cisco IP routing – ROUTE v2.0 – 300-101

  • Basic network and routing concepts
  • Understanding the RIP and EIGRP routing protocols
  • EIGRP topology table and optimising EIGRP behavior
  • Configuring EIGRP for IPv6 and named EIGRP
  • Establishing OSPF neighbour relationships
  • Link state database and optimising OSPF behaviour
  • Optimising and tuning OSPF
  • Configuring OSPFv3
  • Configuring routing protocol redistribution
  • Redistribution using distribute and prefix lists
  • Redistribution using route maps and tags
  • Path control implementation
  • Enterprise Internet connectivity I
  • Enterprise Internet connectivity II
  • Implementing basic BGP operations
  • BGP path manipulation, control and BGP in the IPv6 environment
  • Routers and routing protocol hardening

 Implementing Cisco IP switched networks – SWITCH v2.0 – 300-115

  • STP tuning and PVST and RSTP implementation
  • Configuring layer three redundancy with VRRP and GLBP
  • Campus network security III
  • Configure and verify first hop redundancy protocols
  • Configure and verify switch security features
  • DHCP snooping
  • IP source guard
  • Dynamic ARP inspection
  • Configure and verify switch administration
  • SDM templates
  • Managing MAC address table
  • Troubleshoot Err disable recovery
  • Configure and verify layer two protocols
  • CDP
  • LLDP
  • Configure and verify VLANs
  • VLAN database
  • Normal, extended VLAN and voice VLAN

Troubleshooting and maintaining Cisco IP networks – TSHOOT v2.0 – 300-135

  • Tools and methodologies of troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and routing
  • Troubleshooting OSPF
  • Troubleshooting EIGRP and BGP
  • Troubleshooting RIPv2
  • Troubleshooting RIPng
  • Troubleshooting redistribution
  • Troubleshooting layer two switching and inter VLAN routing
  • Troubleshooting FHRP
  • Troubleshooting security issues
  • Troubleshooting router features

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