Here, you will find the latest news on Cisco certifications, links to video offerings from TechWiseTV, and upcoming events such as Networkers and those provided through Networking Professionals Connection.


CCNP Certification Revised

Cisco has updated its Cisco CCNP certification for network engineers through a comprehensive process involving customers and partners from around the globe. The revision focuses on the competencies that are needed to plan, implement, and troubleshoot routed and switched networks and is designed to be more predictive of job readiness. CCNP offers a career development path for Cisco CCNA certified network associates and a solid foundation for those who are interested in Cisco CCIE.

The CCNP curriculum is designed for network engineers with at least one year of professional work experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions. The revised CCNP certification requires three 120–minute exams–ROUTE #642v902, SWITCH #642–813, and TSHOOT #642–832–that validate the key competencies of network engineers. The CCNP exams are expected to be released in March–April 2010.

Special Offers for CCNP TSHOOT Beta Exam

The new CCNP TSHOOT certification exam will first be available as a beta; candidates can register and take the beta (#643–832) from February 16 through March 26, 2010. To encourage beta testers, Cisco will provide the TSHOOT beta exam free of charge to the first 150 candidates who complete it. (Use the promo code TSBETA when registering.) After that, beta exams will be available a discounted price of $50 USD. Passing scores on beta exams count towards certification just like final release exams; however scores will not be available until April 30, 2010. The TSHOOT exam is a good choice for re–certification because it validates the troubleshooting skills commonly used by professional level network engineers on the job. Act quickly to obtain a free beta exam; CCNP is Cisco's second most popular certification worldwide. Beta exams are available at any Pearson VUE testing facility.

Save the Date- CCNP Customer Webinar, February 23, 2010

Cisco will conduct two webinar events on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 covering the revisions made to the CCNP certification exams and courses. The webinars will take place at 8:00 am and 7:00 pm PST (attendees will only need to attend one of the calls as the content will be identical). Check the Cisco Learning Network in the coming weeks for registration information.

To find out more about the redesigned CCNP certification, visit the Cisco Learning Network today.


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Live "Ask the Expert" Event February 23

Join us on February 23 at 10:00 a.m. PST and get expert help on embedded management technologies at this live, interactive event. Register today for the Cisco Support Community – NetPro "Ask the Expert" webcast.

Pre-Registration Open for Networkers and Cisco Live 2010

It is never too early to save your spot at Cisco Live 2010, the industry's premier education and training event for IT, networking, and communications professionals. Join us June 27 to July 1 in Las Vegas.

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Upcoming "Ask the Expert" Events from NetPro

Networking Professionals Connection (NetPro) is an interactive website where you can discuss Cisco networking products and technologies with Cisco experts and networking professionals around the world.

"Ask the Expert" events allow you to discuss specific networking issues online with Cisco engineers. Upcoming events include:

  • "Wireless Control System (WCS)," now through February 26
  • "Dial Access," February 1 through February 12
  • "LinkSys Products," March 1 through March 12
  • "Rack Servers" March 1 through March 12

    Note: "Ask the Expert" events are subject to rescheduling. Please refer to the URL above for the most current schedule.

To attend an event or participate in a discussion forum, visit Networking Professionals Connection.

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