Professionals who have the CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certification typically enjoy employment in enterprise roles such as network engineer, systems engineer, network technician, or support engineer. The CCNP certification is recommended for professionals who have at least one year of experience working in a networking environment, are able to work independently on complex network solutions, and who wish to advance their skills.
To obtain the CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certification, professionals must take three exams: 642-902 Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE), 642-813 Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH), and 642-832 Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT), all of which typically take two hours to pass. Prior to taking the exams, candidates much have either a current CCNA or CCIE certification.
In their role as a CCNP professional, candidates are given tasks of planning, implementing, verifying, and troubleshooting local and wide-area enterprise networks. Also, this certification requires professionals to work collaboratively with their peers. This is especially true of specialists, with whom CCNP professionals work on advanced security, wireless, video, and voice solutions.