The Cisco Certified Network Associate - Service Provider (CCNA SP) gives professional certification to those IT professionals who have skills in configuring and implementing Cisco Service Provider IP Next-Generation networks. The candidate's skills should be particularly developed in aspects relating to the most current Service Provider industry technologies and trends.
In order to gain CCNA SP (Cisco Certified Network Associate - Service Provider) certification, candidates must pass both the 640-875 Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 1 exam and the 640-878 Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 2 exam. Cisco offers training courses for both exams, which are highly recommended, but not required. The training courses and the exams will cover all aspects related to the configuration, optimization, and troubleshooting of service provider environments.
The certification of CCNA SP remains valid for a total of three years. Renewal of the certification may come through passing the 640-875 or 640-878 exam. Alternately, candidates may renew their CCNA SP certification by passing a certification exam at a higher level, such as Cisco Specialist certification exams, CCNA concentration exams, or CCDA exams.