CCNA a pre-requisite for CCNP?

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Apr 12th, 2009

Hi All,

I completed CCNA semesters 1-4 in 2003/2004 whilst at Uni, however never sat the certification exam. Since then, I've been working with networks from other vendors, so I have built on my CCNA knowledge substantially since then.

I'm now wanting to complete my CCNP and hopefully without having to sit the CCNA first (this will mean revision of the new version of the CCNA).

Cisco appear to have two pieces of conflicting information: States that CCNA certification is desireable, but not a prerequisite. states that CCNA is a prerequisite.

Is there some official documentation from Cisco that I can review that states all of the pre-requisites for the CCNP?

I have this problem too.
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Sushil Kumar Katre Sun, 04/12/2009 - 21:14

Hi Jonathan,

CCNA is a Prequisite for CCNP. I am talking about the Certifications.

The first link which you have posted if for Cisco Network Academy, the training program and not the actual certification. What it says is that for CCNP training from CNA, CCNA 1-4, the training course from CNA is a prerequisite and if you have cleared CCNA certification it's great.

However once you are done with your CCNP classes and want to appear for the actual certification, you need to have a valid CCNA CERTIFICATION.

To summarize -

For CCNP Training Cource - CCNA Certification is not mandatory

For CCNP Certification - CCNA Certification is mandatory

Hope this helps.

-> Sushil

jonathanthorpe Sun, 04/12/2009 - 23:52

Hi Sushil,

Thank you very much for the reply. Looks like I have some further study ahead of me before I undertake the CCNP :)

Thanks again.


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