I meant to make this yesterday, but I got too busy. Cisco has finally announced the new changes that we’ve all known about for months. If you want a proper write up (because we all know you won’t find that on this site :D), check out Wendell Odom’s post, he goes into much better detail than I could.

The new exams are ROUTE, SWITCH and TSHOOT. They’re pretty self-explanatory, ROUTE is the new BSCI and SWITCH is the new BCMSN. TSHOOT is new (though they had a similar exam a few CCNP versions ago). ISCW and ONT are gone with some of their topics moved to ROUTE and SWITCH, while some are gone all together.

So far I’m not crazy about the changes. I love that they’ve (re)added the troubleshooting exam. I think that’s great for the cert and will make it more difficult. I don’t agree with the technologies they’ve pulled out, like QoS, Multicast, MPLS, etc. ISIS didn’t need to be on the NP, in my opinion, but those other things definitely should be. I’m not surprised that they’re pushing IPv6 harder this time around (bleck!).

It does feel like the CCNP might be a little easier, if for no other reason than it’s one less exam now. If you guys have any thoughts, please post them!


Colby Glass has been in IT since 2002. He is currently a Systems Engineer (presales) with a Cisco Gold partner and holds the CCNP R/S, CCNP DC, CCDP, CCIP, JNCIA-ER.

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