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CCNP vs CCNA Security / Voice

Discussion in 'Routing & Switching' started by ajrbruce, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. ajrbruce

    ajrbruce New Member


    I currently have a CCNA Cert which is due to expire in Jan 2014. I therefore need to urgently start thinking about how to recertify.

    I have only been working in a networking environment for a few months as it took me a while to find a job in this area after qualifying.

    My first thought is to take the CCNP switching exam next, but I am a little bit concerned that I may not have enough time to prepare for it.

    Some people have suggested that I complete a CCNA specialisation instead such as security or voice. Are these much easier /quicker to pass than the CCNP exams?

    I work in a role that mainly involves Cisco switches anyway, . It seems sensible to stick to what would be useful right now as there is virtually no Voice / security elements to what I do.

    My only concern is if I can't pass one of these exams in time and I end up having to retake my CCNA, expecially as it is changing soon. If the CCNA specialisms are much easier then I could take one of these and move on to CCNP afterwards.

    Any thoughts?
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2013
  2. Simonvm

    Simonvm Kilobyte Poster

    I would go for the SWITCH, if your works involves switching the most. It's not that hard really, just a lot of small things thrown together.
    That will renew your cert and you're already one third of a CCNP then :)
    Certifications: MCITP: EST, MCDST, MCTS, A+, N+, CCNP, CCNA Wireless
    danielno8 likes this.

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