CCNP Timescales

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Feb 5th, 2009

Hi,

wondering if anybody can help?

I passed my CCNA back in June 2008 and I have since been working my way through my BCMSN prep materials. I plan on taking my BCMSN in June this year.

If I pass does this mean I have an additional three years to pass the other 3 CCNP exams or do I only have 2 years before having to retake the CCNA exam?

If I only have two years and I don't manage to do all the CCNP exams and pass would I need to do the CCNA and then all the CCNP exams again to achieve CCNP?

I have this problem too.
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Correct Answer by rob.huffman about 7 years 10 months ago

Hi Carlton,

You would have 3 years from passing the first CCNP exam to complete the remainder of the CCNP exams. With each CCNP exam that you pass (level 642 Exam) your CCNA will be extended for another 3 years. So if you pass your BCMSN exam in June 2009 (which I'm sure you will) then your CCNA will be extended to June 2012 and that is the date that all the CCNP exams would need to be completed as well :)

Do certification exams expire?

* CCENT, Associate and Professional level 642 exams are valid for three years from the date the exam was passed. Specialist focused certification exams are valid for two years from the date the exam was passed.

* Placing expiration dates on exams ensures that candidates starting a multi-exam certification such as CCENT, CCNP, CCDP, CCVP, CCSP and CCIP, complete the program within a specified time-frame. By passing all of the required exams within the specified time period as noted above, candidates demonstrate that they are tested on current content. In situations where the period exceeds three years, candidates will need to re-take those exams that expire.

CCNA course certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, pass the ICND2 exam, or pass the current CCNA exam, or pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass any 642 - XXX professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le0/le9/learning_certification_type_home.html

Hope this helps!

Rob

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rob.huffman Thu, 02/05/2009 - 06:05

Hi Carlton,

You would have 3 years from passing the first CCNP exam to complete the remainder of the CCNP exams. With each CCNP exam that you pass (level 642 Exam) your CCNA will be extended for another 3 years. So if you pass your BCMSN exam in June 2009 (which I'm sure you will) then your CCNA will be extended to June 2012 and that is the date that all the CCNP exams would need to be completed as well :)

Do certification exams expire?

* CCENT, Associate and Professional level 642 exams are valid for three years from the date the exam was passed. Specialist focused certification exams are valid for two years from the date the exam was passed.

* Placing expiration dates on exams ensures that candidates starting a multi-exam certification such as CCENT, CCNP, CCDP, CCVP, CCSP and CCIP, complete the program within a specified time-frame. By passing all of the required exams within the specified time period as noted above, candidates demonstrate that they are tested on current content. In situations where the period exceeds three years, candidates will need to re-take those exams that expire.

CCNA course certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, pass the ICND2 exam, or pass the current CCNA exam, or pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass any 642 - XXX professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le0/le9/learning_certification_type_home.html

Hope this helps!

Rob

ccannon88567 Thu, 02/05/2009 - 07:28

Thank you Rob,

Exactly the sort of helpfull reply I was looking for.

And the bearer of good news too :-)

rob.huffman Fri, 02/06/2009 - 05:07

Hi Carlton,

You are most welcome! Best of luck with your upcoming studies and exams.

Cheers!

Rob

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