cisco announces updates to ccnp certification and launches ccnp prep center

professi certification validates it professi training to design, implement and maintain c network environments

san jose, calif., august 15, 2006 - cisco systems® today announced enhancements to its premier professi certificati ccnp®. the course and exam updates help ensure that a growing number of networking professi have the knowledge, skills and credentials necessary to deploy and maintain fully integrated network infrastructure services and applicati while providing a clear career path in today's market. to assist networking professi preparing for the ccnp certificati cisco today announced the availability of the ccnp prep center ([url]http://www.cisco.com/go/prep-ccnp[/url]).
"networks are evolving from closed infrastructures to integrated systems that enable organizati to work more closely with users worldwide by c and automating business processes and applicati said zeus kerravala, vice president at yankee group. "bringing applicati and services such as security, voice and wireless to the internet has had a dramatic impact on the network, how it is used and how productivity and profitability are maximized."
to meet the need for today's skilled network professi the new ccnp program goes bey core routing and switching to applicati deployed on the edge of the network, such as wireless, security and voice. in addition to topics such as c networks, quality of service (qos), virtual private networks (***s) and broadband technologies, the ccnp program maintains its focus on the advanced skills required to manage the routers and switches that form the network core. the ccnp integrates next-generation cisco integrated services routers (isrs), engineered to provide wire-speed delivery of c data, voice, video and wireless services with optimized security. a ccnp certification validates that a network professi has the ability to install, c and troubleshoot c local and wide area networks.
"the knowledge and skills required for it professi to design and operate a network envir have changed significantly over the past five years," said don field, director of certificati at cisco. "the ccnp update is c with the growing demand from our customers, channel partners and the industry for highly skilled and knowledgeable professi to integrate advanced technology functi into networks."
ccnp course and exam enhancements include:
course (exam)
  • bcmsn (642-812) campus switch networks wireless lan
  • bsci (642-901) routing protocols at campus edge
  • iscw (642-825) implementing secure c wans
  • ont (642-845) optimized c cisco networks
open to cisco certified individuals, the ccnp prep center provides ccnp certification candidates access to a wide variety of resources, including practice questi tips, expert advice, success stories and peer discussion forums. the ccnp prep center also allows networking professi to easily access information and formal training from cisco learning soluti partners.
"cisco is pleased to c to provide invaluable support and training to individuals interested in career certificati said cindy hoffmann, learning and development manager at cisco systems. "the ccnp prep center provides a variety of resources that helps individuals sharpen their skills while also providing access to additi materials and training from cisco learning soluti partners that will help them successfully complete their certification."
to determine the current status of a ccnp certificati visit the cisco career certificati tracking system at: [url]www.cisco.com/go/certifications/login[/url].
updates to ccip and ccdp certification programs
the cisco cciptm and cisco ccdp® professi certification programs have also been updated to include the newly revised building scalable cisco internetworks (bsci) exam and recommended training. network professi pursuing ccip and ccdp certificati will benefit from these curriculum updates, which provide and validate the up-to-date knowledge required to install, support and optimize isr routers, using cisco ios® 12.4 routing protocol, routing authentication security, multicast routing and ipv6.
training and availability
authorized cisco training is available from a global network of cisco learning soluti partners and the partner e-learning connection. for complete details about the training and exam requirements for the specialist and other certificati visit: [url]http://www.cisco.com/go/certifications[/url].

about cisco career certifications

the widely respected cisco career certificati bring valuable, measurable rewards to network professi their managers and the organizati that employ them. cisco offers three levels of general certificati associate, professi and expert in various tracks such as routing and switching, network security and service provider. a variety of cisco specialist certificati are also available to show knowledge in specific technologies, soluti or job roles. for cisco career certificati informati visit: [url]http://www.cisco.com/en/us/learning[/url].

about cisco systems

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