CCNPis Cisco’s Professional level of certification that focuses on the Routing and Switching area of networking. In this level, Cisco concentrates more on the medium to Enterprise network size: “CCNA covers small size networks”. In CCNP, technologies, such as QoS, broadband, VPNs, and security-oriented features, are detailed as well as getting more in-depth with R&S technologies such as EGP Routing Protocols, Layer 3 switching and WAN connections.
In order to get certified as a CCNP, a Valid CCNA certification is required, along with passing the three CCNP exams: “ROUTE, SWITCH and TSHOOT”. Although it’s not required, but if someone is planning to go for CCIE R&S, CCNP is the right path to that.
When Studying for CCNP, it is recommend doing ROUTE, SWITCH then TSHOOT. CCNP is a very “practical” Certification so it is very important to have access to labs that meets the requirements of each course. For the ROUTE exam, at least 4 routers are needed including 2×3600 series. For SIWTCH exam, 4 Switches included 2 Layer 3 Switches are needed. The TSHOOT exam is simply both labs mixed together
Summarization is also a VERY important aspect while studying for CCNP since the Study material is huge. Building Commands tables also proven to be helpful while preparing for the exams.