CCNA versus CCNP Difficulty


For anyone starting a new project, the wise thing to do is to “count the cost.” This also holds true for those just starting out in their Cisco (or networking-related) career.

One of the questions people at this phase of their career ask is, “How does the CCNP certification compare to the CCNA certification, especially in terms of difficulty?” In this article, we will look at answering this question (and its many variations) and put things into perspective for potential candidates so that they can plan accordingly.

Cisco Certifications

First, let’s get acronyms out of the way. CCNA stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate, while CCNP is short for Cisco Certified Network Professional. As can be seen from these names, the company behind these certifications is Cisco Systems. Cisco holds an over 50% share of the global enterprise switching and routing market and has a market capitalization of over $200 billion.

Looking at these figures, it is clear why people want to hold their certifications. Apart from the fact that whatever organization you work for is likely to have a Cisco device, Cisco certifications are also good resume boosters to even get a job in the first place. Cisco recognizes this and has invested a lot of resources and efforts into its certification program, offering five major levels:

  • Entry: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • Associate: CCNA Routing & Switching
  • Professional: CCNP Security
  • Expert: Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Service Provider
  • Architect: Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr)

The general idea about these certification levels is that levels build on each other, with Entry being the lowest and Architect being the highest. However, this is not always the case. For example, you can become CCNA-certified without first being a CCENT. In the same way, while it is recommended (Read more...)

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