CCNP Recertification Requirements

Here at NLogic we’re highly focused on helping network professionals become CCNP certified. While were great at getting people through the exams, one topic we haven’t written about much is the recertification requirements for existing Cisco Certified Network Professionals looking to simply renew their status. Currently it isn’t as straightforward as you might think given the new 300-level versions of the exams while the older 642 CCNP exams are still available.

This brings up lots of questions related to the specific requirements. Which version of the exams do I have to take? Do I have to pass all three to recertify the CCNP?

Cisco CCNP Recertification

According to Cisco, here are the current requirements:

Cisco Professional-level certifications (CCNP, CCNP Wireless, CCDP, CCSP, CCNP Security, CCNP Voice, CCIP, CCNP Service Provider, CCNP Service Provider Operations, and CCNP Data Center) are valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

There you have it. You only need to pass one of the CCNP (or CCIE) exams to recertify your CCNP. Hat-tip to Olloff for bringing the issue up in the comments section of our CCNP 2.0 Exam Updates post.

For more recertification information for all Cisco exams, including renewal timeframes, check out Cisco’s official Training & Certifications – How to Recertify page.

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