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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]

Before February 2020 relevant entry-level certifications needed to be passed in advance if a candidate wanted to attempt the professional level exams. Starting February 2020, no entry-level certification will be required to attempt the CCNP exams.[5]


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 Infographic" (PDF). cisco.com. Cisco. Retrieved 30 November 2023.