For the professionals working in the Information Technology industry or those who desire to work in this field, pursuing a certification path is an integral part to be a successful expert. Becoming a certified specialist is an excellent way to position yourself on the right career path and boost your chance of landing your dream networking or IT job. There are amazing benefits that are associated with earning a certificate. However, there are some requirements that the candidates must fulfill to earn it. For a start, earning a credential requires that the students pass one or more exam(s). Now, when it comes to passing a test, there is a lot of hard work that goes into it. You must be ready to study hard and take the exam in order to achieve your certification. In all the processes of earning a credential, the most tedious aspect is the preparation process. Your depth of preparation significantly impacts on how you perform during the exam and ultimately determines whether you will earn the certificate or not.

Prepaway earn the CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) Routing and Switching credential, the first step is to obtainany Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) or the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching certification. The candidates with any of these certificates can proceed to register for CCNP R&S. In addition to possessing either CCIE or CCNA R&S, you will also be required to write three different exams: ROUTE, SWITCH andTSHOOT. These certification tests require rigorous study and determination to see them to the end.


The first exam is 300-101 ROUTE, Implementing Cisco IP Routing. The testis made up of 45 to 65 questions and it is available in the English and Japanese languages. You have a total of two hours (120 minutes) for the completion of the exam Prepaway. This certification test validates your routing knowledge and skills. Those candidates who write this test have the competence in utilizing advanced IP addressing as well as routing in implementing highly scalable and secure Cisco routers connected to IPv6, WANs, LANs, etc. Additionally, the exam covers configuration of highly safe routing solutions for supporting branch offices and mobile workers.

The second exam is 300-115 SWITCH, Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks. The test consists of 30-40 questions and you have 120 minutes to complete all of them. The students have the opportunity to take the exam either in English or Japanese.It validates your knowledge and skills in switching. To write this certification test, the candidates need to develop mastering in planning, verifying and configuring implementation of complex enterprise in switching solutions using Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture.

The third exam is 300-135 TSHOOT, Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks. The testcontains from 15 to 25 questions and the candidates also have a total of 120 minutes for its completion. Depending on your preferred language, you can take the exam in English or Japanese. The individuals writing this certificationtest must have the knowledge and skills involved in planning and performing standard maintenance on the complex enterprise of routed and switched networks. Additionally, the students must be able to utilize technology-based practices and a systematic ITIL compliant technique to carry out network troubleshooting.

At the completion of the three exams, you will be awarded the Cisco CCNP R&S certification. It is important to reiterate that this certificate is aimed at those professionals who currently possess the CCNA R&S or any CCIE credentials. Interestingly, if you are already an experienced professional in the domain of the exams, passing them will not be such a gruesome process for you. Those individuals who earn this certificate have better chance at high paying jobs than those with only the CCNA R&S certification. Also, a CCNP certified specialist will have better opportunity to land their dream job.

There are numerous training resources that can be explored for the CCNP R&S exams. It is recommended that you visit the certification page to see the list of recommended training materials. In addition to the official recommended materials, there are also many other platforms online that offer effective prep tools for your certification tests.

Cost of Exams

No doubt, the CCNP R&S certification is expensive to obtain in terms of the cost ofits exams. The total amount that you have to spend on all the tests is about $1,100, that is, if you do not have any prior certificate before pursuing CCNP. It is crucial to note that this is not inclusive of the cost of purchasing training materials and the possibility of paying retake fees if you donโ€™t pass your test on the first try. Looking at the cost involved in earning this credential, it is very crucial that you do everything within your power to ace your exam at your first attempt. It is critical that you avoid rushing the exams without enough preparation simply to earn the certification. Prepare adequately and cover the certification content before you proceed to write the test(s). When it comes to preparing for the exam, there are various websites that offer study materials and practice tests to help you get the best out of your preparation. You may want to check the Cisco official website to get a list of recommended study materials for ROUTE, SWITCH and TSHOOT.

Job Roles and Salary Potentials of a CCNP Professional

A CCNP R&S professional has the job role of planning, troubleshooting, implementing and verifying Cisco based networks. The candidates who earn this certification can specialize in voice, wireless, or security. The specialists with the CCNP R&S certificate may take up job roles as a network administrator, an Information Technology manager, or a network engineer, among others. For the individuals who take up the role of a network administrator, they can expect to earn an average annual salary of around $77,050. A network architect can earn an average of $102,075 per annum. It is essential to mention that the major difference between credentials and earning potentials is job experience. For instance, a network architect requires a minimum of five years work experience in the industry.

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