Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching

CCNP® (Cisco Certified Network Professional) Routing and Switching certification indicates advanced knowledge of networks. It is the second stage of the Network Installation and Support track, and it teaches the installation, configuration, and operation of LAN, WAN, and dial access services for medium-to-large networks with multiple protocols. Learn more about CCNP certification from Cisco Systems®.


Valid CCNA certification or any CCIE Certification.


The three required exams may be taken in any order:
642-902 ROUTE, Implementing Cisco IP Routing
642-813 SWITCH, Implementing Cisco Switched Networks
642-832 TSHOOT, Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks

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Learn more about the new exams:
Wendell Odom's blog
Tim Warner's "About the 2010 Cisco CCNP Certification Track" Podcast

CCNP Roundtable: Authors Wendell Odom, David Hucaby, and Kevin Wallace sat down with Tim Warner to discuss the new CCNP track.
Cisco CCNP Roundtable Discussion: Part 1
Cisco CCNP Roundtable Discussion: Part 2
Cisco CCNP Roundtable Discussion: Part 3
Cisco CCNP Roundtable Discussion: Part 4

CCNP Self-Study Resources from Cisco Press

Materials Covering All CCNP Exams
CCNP Routing and Switching Official Certification Library
CCNP Routing and Switching Quick Reference
CCNP Routing and Switching Foundation Learning Library

CCNP 642-902 ROUTE Exam
CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Official Certification Guide
CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Cert Kit
CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Cert Flash Cards Online
CCNP ROUTE Portable Command Guide
CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Quick Reference
Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) Foundation Learning Guide
Routing Video Mentor

CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Official Certification Guide
CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Cert Kit
CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Cert Flash Cards Online
CCNP SWITCH Portable Command Guide
CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Quick Reference
Implementing Cisco Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide

CCNP TSHOOT 642-832 Official Certification Guide
CCNP TSHOOT 642-832 Cert Kit
CCNP TSHOOT 642-832 Cert Flash Cards Online
CCNP TSHOOT 642-832 Quick Reference
Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT) Foundation Learning Guide

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As a final preparation tool providing a review of CCNP exam topics, the CCNP Quick References complement official Cisco curriculum, other books, or other exam preparatory material. These provide you with detailed, graphical-based information, highlighting only the key topics on the latest CCNP exams in cram-style format.

Cert Flash Cards are a mid- to late-stage review tool accessible via PC and select models of smartphones. The service allows you to test your knowledge on select sub-topics, or for the entire body of knowledge of that exam. Flash cards help you not only identify areas requiring further study, but also start you on the path of remediation.

CCNP Cert Kits include the Video Mentor, a series of succinct instructional videos that demonstrate how to accomplish various CCNP-level configuration tasks on Cisco routers and switches; an access code to the CCNP Cert Flash Cards, a flash card system that can be accessed via PC or select models of smartphones; and the Quick Reference in print and electronic formats.

Portable Command Guides contain all the CCNP-level commands for the certification exam in one condensed, portable resource. The books provide tips and examples of how to apply the commands to real-world scenarios.

Foundation Learning Guides (formerly Self-Study Guides), which are based on Cisco courses for the related exams, provide essential foundation learning and thoroughly cover topics addressed in those courses. These books assume no prior knowledge of the subject matter and take a detailed approach to tutorial-based learning. Book elements within the Foundational Learning Guide Series feature real-world case studies, configuration examples, and chapter-ending review questions, making them useful on the job, in addition to exam preparation.

Certification Guides help prepare candidates for Cisco certification exams. These books assume readers have attained the necessary learning foundation and experience for a certification test and are reviewing material before exam time. They include summary information that details critical information on key exam topics and a companion CD-ROM, which contains a powerful testing engine that can be customized with practice exam questions, simulation-based questions, and adaptable performance trackers.

Which book is right for me?
Foundationl Learning Guides and Certification Guides are intended to complement one another. Though they will cover similar content, they do so in a very different manner. Choosing one book over another depends where you are in the study cycle. If you are familiar with the base concepts, but need to assess your knowledge and review/practice for the exam, we recommend the Certification Guides. If you are new to a topic area and need more detailed discussions of the foundation concepts, we recommend you start with the Foundation Learning Guides.

Training Courses

Three training courses are recommended for CCNP candidates: Implementing Cisco IP Routing, Implementing Cisco Switched Networks, and Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks.

Cisco Press Certification Self-Study books and software are part of a recommended learning path from Cisco Systems that can include simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit


CCNP certifications are valid for three years. Individuals who hold an active Cisco CCNP, CCDP, CCIP, CCSP, or CCVP certification will recertify their professional-level certifications when they pass any other Cisco professional-level certification exam. Certification holders will continue to re-certify their professional level certifications when they pass any CCIE/CCDE written exam.

Cisco Learning Network

The Cisco Learning Network is an online community for Cisco certified customers that helps customers and partners interact, collaborate, learn, mentor peers, and prepare for certification exams via discussion forums, blogs, video interviews, wikis, and other interactive Web 2.0 technologies.