Step 9: CCNP - Cisco Certified Network Professional
CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certification is the advanced level certification for network support.
To earn this certification you must take four exams:
Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI 640-901),
Switching (SWTCH 640-604),
Remote Access (RMTAC 640-605), and
Support (SUPRT 640-606).
In addition, you must hold a current CCNA certification.
The best deal for study material is a four book study kit to cover all the exams.
"CCNP Study Guide Kit" has been updated to cover the current generation of exams.
Watch out, some kits out there are still for the 50x series of exams and may not cover all
the topics you need to pass.
For a quick review, you can also get the
"Cisco Certified Network Professional Exam Notes".
To get some hands on experience without having to buy several pieces of Cisco hardware,
you may also wish to invest in the
"CCNP Virtual Lab E-Trainer".