Cisco Adds CCNA Service Provider Certification
Badge targets network engineers deploying carrier-grade networks.
Cisco Systems Inc. said it has added an associate-level certification for network engineers to configure and install baseline carrier-grade networking gear suitable for service provider customers.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate Service Provider (CCNA SP) certification, which is valid for three years, is intended to provide the necessary skills and training for network engineers to deploy next generation carrier networks for service providers. A core group of Cisco channel partners sell such equipment to service provider customers.
The vendor said that the CCNA SP certification is based on the growing demand for IT professionals who can configure, optimize and troubleshoot a next-generation network in the service provider environment. According to Cisco, the CCNA SP certification maps to the actual job tasks of network engineers working on next-generation service provider networks such as understanding and interpreting network design, configuring and verifying an end-to-end SP network, and troubleshooting and support.
While Cisco has imposed no prerequisites for the CCNA SP certification, the vendor is recommending that candidates have up to three years of experience working in the service provider network setting.
To gain the certification, candidates must pass two exams—Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks and Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks—and can prepare using study materials available at the vendor’s Learning Network website.
The course curriculum covers the basic knowledge and skills necessary to support and implement a service provider network. Cisco Authorized Learning Partners are offering the CCNA SP training and the exams are available through Pearson Vue.
While Cisco has not imposed any prerequisites on the CCNA SP certification, the vendor is recommending that candidates have up to three years of experience working in a service provider network setting.
The CCNA SP certification adds to Cisco’s CCNA Service Provider Operations badge. Other CCNA certifications include routing and switching, security, voice and wireless.
Cisco recently updated its CCNA and Certified Network Professional security certifications to reflect technology and business trends such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD), mobility, cloud computing and virtualization.