Prior to attempting the CCNA SP Ops (Cisco Certified Network Associate - Service Provider Operations) certification, a candidate must first possess a current CCENT, CCNA or CCIE certification. After that requirement has been met, interested candidates can attempt the 640-760 Supporting Cisco Service Provider IP NGN Operations exam.
A CCNA SP Ops (Cisco Certified Network Associate - Service Provider Operations) certification is an intermediate level Cisco certification which is given to those candidates who have basic skills in a prescriptive troubleshooting environment. These skills are the level of a Tier I support engineer and involve carrier class IP NGN core network infrastructure. Additionally, a CCNA SP Ops certification demonstrates a professional's ability to understand incident, fault, NMS tools, change, and performance management procedures.
After becoming certified, candidates will hold their certification for three years. To renew a CCNA SP Ops certification, candidates must pass any CCNA concentration exam. Other alternatives for renewal include passing a professional exam, the CCDA DESGN exam, any Cisco Specialist exam, the CCIE Written exam, the CCDE Written exam, or the CCDE Practical exam.