Help! CCNP Certification Time Limit ?

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Aug 2nd, 2007

I have read that there is a time limit between taking your first CCNP exam and your last one.


The thread in question mentioned that you have to take all 4 exams within 3 years of passing your first exam. Is this true ?


Thanks in advance.

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schughtai Fri, 08/03/2007 - 02:56

A lot can and normally does change in technologies. Its best to do all 4 exams within 12 months if you can, especially if you are on a role in passing them. Besides, if the above were true, your CCNA would be become at a greater risk of becoming outadted and you would have to recertify for your CCNA again, if you think of timeline involved.

Pavel Bykov Fri, 08/03/2007 - 03:34

Not quite. Every certification on professional level extends expiration date by 3 years. Meaning CCNP with 4 certifications can take almost 9 years.


1st test --- 3 years --- 2nd test --- 3 years --- 3rd test --- 3 years --- 4th test > certification.


But as previous post mentioned, your knowledge will be quite outdated

mark.j.hodge Fri, 08/03/2007 - 09:49

Not exactly correct, passing a professional level exam extends the CCNA certification or an existing CCNP.


Each of the individual exams is valid for three years, so to achieve CCNP you need to pass all the exams within a three year period.


Once CCNP has been achieved it is valid for three years from the date of passing the last exam. Recertification can be achieved passing any one 642 that is part of the professional level curriculum, not necessarily a CCNP exam.

gajanangavli Tue, 08/14/2007 - 15:54

Time start from your first paper .You have to give all papers within 3 yrs.for example if you appear fist paper on 16 aug 2007 you have to give all ccnp paper before 16 aug 2010.

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