What is CCNP Service Provider Certification?

 

The CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) is a certification program by Cisco, a multinational tech giant and global leader in enterprise networking solutions. Cisco offers these certifications to professionals as recognition for their proficiency in different networking domains.

The CCNP Service Provider is one such certification. It is an advanced level certification, prominently but not exclusively, aimed at network, field and operations engineers working in the service provider domain for a period of 3-5 years. The certificate holders are trained to work in tandem with operations and networking personnel in organizations, leading technical decisions and providing insights to design engineers to maximize network optimization.

 

 How to get a CCNP Service Provider certification?

 

As per prerequisites are given by Cisco, candidates are required to have either a valid CCNA SP or any valid CCIE certification before appearing for the CCNP SP exam. In order to achieve the certification, they are then required to get a passing score in each of the following exams:

Exam Number 642-883 SPROUTE

 

642-885 SPADVROUTE 642-887 SPCORE 642-889 SPEDGE
Exam Duration 90 minutes 90 minutes 75 minutes 75minutes
No. of Questions Asked 65-75 questions 65-75 questions  55-65 questions 55-65 questions
Available Languages English English English English

 

Recertification:

 

A CCNP Service Provider certification is valid for a period of 3 years, which can be extended by giving recertification exams prescribed by Cisco. Recertification ensures that candidates are always up-to-date with the latest developments in their field and thereby remain relevant over a longer period of time.

 

Why should you get a CCNP Service Provider certification?

 

The service provider industry is expanding at an accelerated pace, both in terms of user base and technical advancement. The service provider industry is in need of trained professionals with the required skills to deploy carrier-grade networks and provide an efficient and scalable infrastructure to service providers.

The CCNP Service Provider curriculum in particular provides candidates training in the latest technologies in the field and specifically prepares them for tasks handled by networking engineers in this industry. Cisco certifications are extremely esteemed in the IT industry, both for their rigorous curriculum as well as Cisco’s respectability as a highly credible organization.

A CCNP SP certification is certain to give your career a boost in terms of both, subject matter expertise as well as remuneration.

 

Popular Job Roles in Service Provider Domain:

 

  • Service Provider Network Engineers
  • Service Provider Network Technicians
  • Service Provider Support Technicians
  • Service Provider System Engineers
  • Service Provider Field Engineers
  • Service Provider Network Designers
  • Service Provider Planners
  • Service Provider Implementers