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Routing and Switching Comparison Chart

Routing and Switching Certification Comparison Chart
Certification Name Years of experience Job Role Product/Technology Number of exams Prerequisites
CCENT 0-2 Entry-level Network Enginers, Help Desks, Network Administrators Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches, Cisco IOS, IPv6, OSPF, VLANs, ACLs, WLAN, LAN, and WAN 1 None
CCNA Routing and Switching 1-3 Network Specialist, Network Adminstrator, Network Support Engineer Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches, Cisco IOS, IOS Licensing, IPv6, VLANs, ACLs, Etherchannel EIGRP, SNM, Netflow, WLAN, LAN and WAN 2 None
CCNP Routing and Switching 3-5 Network Engineers, System Engineers, Network Support Specialists, Network Administrators, Network Consultants, System Integrators Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches, Cisco IOS, eBGP, EIGRP (IPv6), OSPF v3, QoS, Layer 2, Layer 3, IPv6, RIP v2 and RIP ng, Advanced IP Addressing and Routing, Configuration of secure routing solutions, WLAN, LAN and WAN, DMVPN (Dynamic Multipoint VPN), Cisco StackWise, VSS (Virtual Switch Services) 3 A valid Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification
CCIE Routing and Switching 7+ Senior Network Engineers Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches, Cisco IOS, eBGP, EIGRP, OSPF, QoS, Layer 2, Layer 3, IPv4, IPv6, MPLS, Multicast, HSRP, VRRP, NTP, DHCP; Advanced IP Addressing and Routing; Configuration of secure routing solutions; Troubleshoot and optimize network and evaluate proposed changes; WLAN, LAN and WAN 2 None

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