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Unrealistic to go for a CCNP first?

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by zr79, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. zr79

    zr79 Byte Poster

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    So i know a lot of the CCNA material but still have a good bit of learning to do there, would it be totally unrealistic to bypass the CCNA and study for a CCNP?
     
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  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    If you know a lot of the stuff already, then you could study the remaining aspects, and get yourself the CCNA.

    Certs are supposed to certify a skill. They arent really intended to be used to learn material, rather to back up what you are capable of doing (ie, you certify against your skills, not learn skills in order to certify). They are used to learn commonly though.

    I would suggest get the cert that you are (almost) at the level to achieve already. Then you can continue on to the CCNP.
     
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  3. danielno8

    danielno8 Gigabyte Poster

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    considering a valid CCNA cert is a pre-requisite to doing CCNP then yes, i'd say unrealistic :)
     
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  4. Triton.Deep

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    Well, philosophically I agree with Fergal. But to answer your question most directly:

    Yes, it would be unrealistic for you to go for your CCNP before your CCNA. Why? Because the CCNA is a prerequisite of the CCNP. Can't have a CCNP without a valid CCNA.

    Cisco Learning Link

    Can verify what I mean there. Hope that helps.

    J.
     
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  5. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    Ah, didnt know that. But then, Cisco isnt my field :biggrin
     
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  6. Sco0t

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    Yeah, their right need to get CCNA done and dusted before you even think about CCNP as it's required before you sit it. Sometimes I think the CCNP stuff is easier than the CCNA but.
     
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  7. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    That doesn't mean you can't take the CCNP exams, you just won't get certified until you pass the CCNA. That being said, do you have Cisco experience already? I wouldn't recommend taking the CCNP exams until you get some hands-on experience with routers and switches. If you do have some experience with routers and switches, I say go after the CCNA and then worry about taking the CCNP courses when you've had a chance to use your "CCNA skills".
     

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