CCNP On June 9th - 2019, Cisco made an announcement of deleting and replacing ALL their CCNP Level "Exams". saying exams instead of certificates, as the labels of most the Certificates remained the same (except for CCNP RS, who got replaced with CCNP Enterprise).
The new system requires 2 isolated parts to fulfill before you become certified: 1- A Technology Core Exam, which plays a role in engaging you in 2 paths of certs. (The CCNP & The CCIE). - and that will be: - Enterprise, Security, Service Provider, Collaboration, Data Center, and the newly established DEVNET & CyberOps 2- A Technology Concentration Exam, every domain of the 7 mentioned in Point "1", has 1-7 different technologies to concentrate on.
This will be kind of having a Master's degree in engineering, you consider some general topics, and focus on some others. maybe research as well on that specific topic, in the end, you will be A "Master" in a general title, with a little specification mentioned in your master certificate referring to that research/project you did. And CCNA is no longer a prerequisite for any CCNP, as a matter of fact, no exam now requires prerequisites, just jump in to whatever exam you want to take, and you'll get a badge for it.
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