We’ve examined the CCNP R&S certification this week from a variety of angles. Cisco expert Jeremy Cioara shared some tips and tricks on how to get the CCNP R&S certification. A webinar will be held on building technology labs, and we have created an equipment list to help you plan your home lab.
We’d like to share some tips for the CCNP R&S exam. We know that the exam series can be a difficult undertaking, both mentally and emotionally.
These are five tips that will help you pass CCNP R&S.
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Start trainingWhich CCNP R&S exam do you need to take first? Most people begin with CCNP R&S ROUTE. The most common progression is ROUTE followed by SWITCH and then TSHOOT. However, the first two can also be taken in any order. It is recommended that you take only the exam that you feel most confident in passing. If you are already in the industry and your work is primarily switch-oriented, you might consider switching the first two exams to SWITCH. You can pass the first exam (or any other) and increase your confidence. Confidence is essential when you walk into an exam.
Start with a plan
No matter what order you plan to take your exams, you will need to start with a plan.
Step 1. Step 1. Done.
Once you have a clear idea of the test you are taking, you can start to plan your training. You should set training goals that are based on your exam objectives and the time you have before your exam date. You should allow yourself enough time to train properly.
Cisco offers exam objectives for all three exams.
These vendor exam objectives are the basis of our video course curriculum. These are great study guides to help you plan.
SPOTO accountability coaches may be a good option for you if you aren’t a great planner. Our coaches can help you set goals and create a schedule.
Don’t forget the practical part of the exam when planning.
You will get lots of hands-on experience.
The CCNP R&S exams will test your knowledge in both theoretical and practical areas. You should have as much experience as you can. Cisco recommends that you have at least one to three years’ experience using Cisco products in order to sit for the exam. This means that you may have completed the tasks before. However, the exams are timed and tested. This makes a huge psychological difference.
Practical experience is not only a valid validation of theoretical information. It can also help you overcome the psychological element.
Keith Barker offers three 2-hour “Hands on Labs Exam Prep” courses to help you prepare for the simulation portion of the exam.
CCNP ROUTE 300–101 Exam Prep
CCNP SWITCH 300 -115 Labs Exam Prep
CCNP TSHOOT 300-135 Labs Exam Prep
These hands-on labs can be used in conjunction with SPOTO training. You can then take your work home with your — to your home laboratory.
Create a Home Lab.
If you have not built a home lab for CCNA then you might consider investing in CCNP. To build a lab that is effective at home, you don’t need to spend thousands of money. According to Jeremy’s equipment recommendations, you can spend as low as a few hundred dollars.
The best thing about a home lab is the freedom it offers. You now have a lab. If you are studying for a CCNP, you are not just studying for the exam. You are likely to be passionate about solving more complex problems.
According to Jeremy’s post on Career Tips for the CCNP R&S [LINK]
“A person who is immersed in technology is a lifelong student. This is not a career that is ‘comfortable’ as some may wish. You might be replaced by someone younger if you leave your knowledge in place for a while.