Global Knowledge to offer revamped Cisco courses

Revised CCNP, CCIP and CCDP certifications reflect role of network engineers

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Global Knowledge to offer revamped Cisco courses Global Knowledge says Cisco’s new certification curriculum puts more emphasis on the actual job tasks of a professional network engineer. (ITP Images)
By  Andrew Seymour Published  January 27, 2010

Training provider Global Knowledge has announced that it will run three new courses to support major changes that Cisco has recently made to its popular CCNP, CCIP, and CCDP certifications.

The exam and courseware changes are designed to reflect the knowledge and skills required for today's networking professionals, with a specific focus on security and complex routing and switching, according to Global Knowledge.

Candidates will also learn how to provide support for branch offices, mobile workers and delivery of voice services via the campus network.

"The new curriculum puts more emphasis on the actual job tasks of a professional network engineer," explained Eric Strause, Cisco product director at Global Knowledge. "As Cisco continues to evolve its products to meet the demand for specialised skills, we are committed to bringing training on these new requirements to our customers quickly."

To qualify for CCNP certification, candidates previously had to sit four exams: BSCI, BCMSN, ONT and ISCW. The revised certification is comprised of three two-hour exams that test the candidate on implementing Cisco IP routing, IP switched networks and troubleshooting.

The troubleshooting course is a completely new addition and consists of approximately 70% hands-on lab scenarios.

CCNP is the second most popular Cisco certification behind CCNA. Cisco says the exams will be available from March or April this year.

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