ccsp--do i need to take 642-524 SNAF if 642-523 SNPA is already taken

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Nov 29th, 2008


I have completed 642-523 SNPA. Just want to know do I need to take 642-524 SNAF as well?

One more doubt - Do i need to take one paper of Elective Exam(s) also.

These are my doubts, would appreciate if you could guide me in my career.



Rajesh P

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wesleyterry Sun, 11/30/2008 - 19:57

check out this Cisco Learning Network thread:

It doesn't cover exactly what you're talking about but may give a little more insight.

Basically, if an exam is retired, in most cases if you meet the original Certification requirements within a 3 year window, then you should be able to get your certification.

It appears to me that 642-524 has replaced the 642-523 so there should not be a problem for that course substituting the new one....

mgischernsnw Sun, 11/30/2008 - 23:10

You will not need to take the 642-524 SNAF test. If you login to the certification tracking system, you will see that both tests (SNPA and SNAF) fulfill the same requirement. I recently completed the CCSP using SNPA to fulfill that particular requirement. The particular combo of tests that I took was 640-553 IINS, 642-523 SNPA, 642-503 SNRS, 642-515 SNAA, and 642-533 IPS.

Good luck!

Sec IT Wed, 12/03/2008 - 01:52

hi thanks..

I also cleared snrs 642-503 yesterday with 1000/1000. As of now IPS and one of elective exam is pending. I was in an impression that I have to do SNAF as well. Anyway thanks..



tperrier Wed, 12/03/2008 - 02:19

1000/1000, impressive. Unless you used brain dumps, of course...

ram_hiwale Fri, 01/02/2009 - 05:00

i Friend,

I have finished my four exams of CCSP, one is pending and I am confused about that. Here are the details.

642-552 SND Finished

642-503 SNRS Finished

642-523 SNPA Finished

642-533 IPS Finished

Now I want to finish my last paper, and I am interested in 642-515 SNAA. Will I get my CCSP certificate if I complete this paper, If not then what are the options for me.

Rob Huffman Fri, 01/02/2009 - 07:15

Hi Rameshwar,

You are right on track my friend :) If you also have a valid CCNA then, yes, the SNAA will complete your CCSP Cert.

Candidates for CCSP will now need only four exams (three required, one elective) with the introduction of the new CCNA Security as a prerequisite, instead of the five exams required today (four required, one elective). ** Retired exams that have been passed may be used towards exam requirements for three years.

Cisco Certified Security Professional Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) in your path you need 4** which you have completed.

642-552 SND

Last day to test 11/17/2008

642-503 SNRS

Last day to test 01/18/2009

642-504 SNRS Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SNRS)

642-523 SNPA

Last day to test 01/18/2009 Securing Networks with PIX and ASA (SNPA)

642-524 SNAF Securing Networks with ASA Foundation (SNAF)

642-533 IPS Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

Elective Exam(s) ** You need just 1

642-513 HIPS

Last day to test 11/17/2008


642-591 CANAC


642-544 MARS

Last day to test 1/18/2009


642-545 MARS


642-515 SNAA

Hope this helps!



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