billyinkin Fri, 09/11/2009 - 02:02

I would assume that every CCNP exam passed reactivates the previous CCNP exams taken. So only when you achieve the 4 exam passed status your 3 years of being certified starts from then;) That is my assumption;)

Rob Huffman Fri, 09/11/2009 - 06:34

Hi Felipe,

You would have 3 years from passing the first CCNP exam to complete the remainder of the CCNP exams. If you passed the BSCI in October x 2009, all of the remaining CCNP exams would need to be completed by October x 2012 :)

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.

Hope this helps!


qudatheocelbatran Sat, 09/12/2009 - 14:38

I have another unclearness very close to the above:

Looking at the CISCO certifications I found that the CCDP cert is very related to CCNP: they both 'share' the first two exams: BSCI and BCMSN. Then, for the CCDP you only have to pass the ARCH 642-873 exam and you got the CCDP. Otherwise for the CCNP you have to pass other two exams, the well-known ISCW and


Ok, everything is fine but not so practically clear: I already passed the first two exams, the BSCI and BCMSN. Now, as I learned about the CCDP, that seems to me very attracting, extremely valuable for my future career and more at hand than the CCNP (as I have to pass only one exam but not two). Anyway, I firmly need the CCNP too, as it is required for my actual job - demanded by the employer.

Q: Can I use the following schedule?

1. Pass this year the ARCH exam (obtaining the CCDP cert)

2. Pass in the next three years the last two exams of CCNP (ISCW and ONT) and obtain that certification.

Is this possible? Or I'll have to re-take again the BSCI and BCMSN exams in order to get the CCNP cert ?

Restatement: Can I use one exam for more certifications ?

cameron.moody Sun, 09/13/2009 - 00:12

Since it is the same exam codes then you do not need to take them again to be CCDP and CCNP so long as it is within the 3 year timeframe.

Remember that you do also need to do CCDA before you take ARCH.

MUHAMMAD SHAHEEN Sun, 09/13/2009 - 09:06

Hi Theodor,

that is correct :)

You need to pass 2 more exams to complete your CCNP. You must have a valid CCNA to be certified as CCNP.

and you need to pass only 1 more exam to complete your CCDP but you must have a valid CCNA & CCNA to be certified as CCDP.

Here is the link to help you explain all these respectively.

Hope this helps...


MUHAMMAD SHAHEEN Sun, 09/13/2009 - 11:11

I mean CCNA+CCDA is a requirement for CCDP

sorry about the typo, but attached link has all details.

Hope This Helps....



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