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A Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) is a person in the IT industry who has achieved the professional level of Cisco Career Certification.[1]

Professional certifications[edit]

Prior to February 2020 there were approximately eight professional-level certification programs within Cisco Career Certifications.[2][3]

  • CCDP
  • CCNP Cloud
  • CCNP Collaboration
  • CCNP Data Center
  • CCNP Routing and Switching
  • CCNP Security
  • CCNP Service Provider
  • CCNP Wireless

Cisco has announced that as of February 2020, the above format has been retired and replaced with the following:

  • CCNP Enterprise (integrating CCNP Routing and Switching, CCDP and CCNP Wireless)
  • CCNP Data Center (integrating CCNP Cloud)
  • CCNP Security
  • CCNP Service Provider
  • CCNP Collaboration
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional

Migration guides to the newer certification exams are available from Cisco at its CCNP Migration Tools page.[4]

Required exams[edit]

Starting February 2020, no entry-level certification will be required to attempt the CCNP exams.

Relevant entry-level certifications need to be passed in advance, if someone wants to attempt the Professionals level exams.

  • The associate-level certification programs are: CCDA, CCNA Cloud, CCNA Collaboration, CCNA Cyber Ops, CCNA Data Center, CCNA Industrial, CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, CCNA Service Provider and CCNA Wireless.
  • Each area of expertise requires passing the relevant exams for certification with a professional understanding and capability of networking.
  • For example, the CCNP Routing and Switching consists of three exams:[5] Implementing IP Routing (ROUTE), Implementing IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) and Troubleshooting and Maintaining IP Networks (TSHOOT).


The validity of CCNP Certification is 3 years. Renewal requires certification holders to register for and pass same or higher level Cisco recertification exam(s) every 3 years.

Related certifications[edit]

  • Associate-level certification: CCNA
  • Expert-level Certification: CCIE


  1. ^ CCNP Routing and Switching - IT Certificates and Career Paths - Cisco Systems
  2. ^ "Professional Certifications".
  3. ^ "Certifications - Training & Certifications".
  4. ^ "CCNP Routing and Switching". Cisco.
  5. ^ "CCNP Routing and Switching".

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