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By Kristen Baird

One cannot deny the fact that Networking has become an integral part of the computer world. The information technology professional, who is skilled and has gone through the CISCO CCNP training, is in great demand in the Networking industry. To assure the quality and standard of that technician, they need to be certified by this Networking equipment giant and this involves an evaluation for their years of experience as well as training.

As more and more businesses become reliant on personal computers and the technology it employs, the need for more certified technicians has grown and having CCNP certified technician is the requirement. This certification puts the ordinary technician well ahead of his colleagues.

Cisco's core, networking certification for the professional level is the CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certification. Individuals who manage to earn this prestigious certification can plan, do installation, configure and troubleshoot WAN's and LAN's, and are able do this for small and large firms alike. CCNP certification is also possible other areas of specialty and these certification designations include, CCNP Data Center, Security, Service Provider, Service Provider Operations, Voice and CCNP Wireless.

A technician, network engineer or administrator who has at least one year's practical experience, wishing to expand the skill set they have into working on complex networks will need to go under got the Certified Network Professional certification process.

One of the prerequisites for obtaining the Certified Network Professional certification from CISCO is that the candidate must have some valid CCIE certification or valid CCNA Routing and Switching certification. Then in order to attain the Certified Network Professional certification, the candidate must pass threes examinations, namely, Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks, Implementing IP Routing and Maintaining and troubleshooting Cisco IP Networks.

The Certified Network Professional exams from this Networking equipment industry are a mix of mix of simlets, multiple choice, simulations etc and the candidates can take the exams in any order they prefer. Candidates need to score more than 850 point to pass the exam and the examinations are graded on a scale of 300-1000 points. The question carry different values based on the level of difficulty involve.

You can re-sit a failed exam after paying the applicable fees and waiting five business days. The cost of the exam varies based on where you are located, local or overseas, and whether foreign currency is involved. It is vital that you contact your nearest testing center to confirm cost and exam timetable.

Do contact your local testing center early to confirm exam dates, and availability as well as cost. Your Certified Network Professional certification will need to be renewed after three years. It's mutually beneficial for individuals and firms to make sure this is done so that all those who are certified are up to date with the new technologies introduced with time.

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