Cisco Certified Network Associate Service provider CCNA SP is a specialized track targeted towards technicians, designers and network engineers who are responsible for providing network core technologies to service provider industry. This certification endorses the successful candidate to configure, implement and troubleshoot baseline cisco service provider next-generation networks. A candidate will be tested for deploying, maintain and improving carrier-grade network infrastructures in a service provider sector.
The exam that awards CCNA SP certification is 640-875 - Building Cisco Service Provider Next-generation Networks, Part 1. This exam covers the topics that address specific skills necessary to support a service provider network.
- IP Networks
- IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
- Switched Network Technologies I
- Routed Network Technologies I
- IP Services
- Cisco Operating Systems and Platforms
- Transport Technologies
- Security in the Network
- Network Management
The other exam required by CCNA SP certification is 640-878 - Building Cisco Service Provider Next-generation networks, Part 2. This exam covers advanced topics like IP NGN architecture, switched and routed network technologies and Cisco operating systems.
640-878 exam covers the following major topics:
- IP NGN Architecture
- Switched Network Technologies II
- Routed Network Technologies II
- Cisco Operating Systems and Platforms II
The duration of both exams is 90 minutes (65-75 questions - multiple choice, multiple answer, drag/drop and fill-in the blanks) and the candidates must achieve a passing score of 825 out of 1000.
You have to pass both 640-875 and 640-878 exams to earn a CCNA Service Provider certification.
CCNA SP is a three-year certification that recognizes the skills of network engineers, technicians and operation engineers working in a service provider sector. Although there are no prerequisites for this exam, it is recommended that the candidate has at least 1 to 3 years of experience in a service provider network environment. This associate-level certification entails necessary knowledge to identify and configure IP NGN architecture and related technologies that are part and parcel of service provider networks. For example, you are a technician and want to be promoted to network engineer. You can easily complete CCNA SP certification and get promoted!
This is a very specialized certification. It provides an entry point for network experts to pursue a Network engineering career in a highly complex and ever evolving service provider segment. Cisco CCNA Service provider program opens the world of network engineering role in a service provider area. You will learn new skills related to configuring, implementing and troubleshooting Cisco service provider next-generation networks. You will also learn how to deploy, maintain and improve carrier grade network infrastructures. This complex job role requires a lot of technical skills that will be the hallmark of your career if you pass CCNA Service Provider exam.
I have been employed by Telesystems as soon as I completed my CCNA certification. I was assigned the task of verification testing and troubleshooting service provider IP next-generation networks. For that I needed a CCNA service provider certification. In essence, this certification opened a whole world of possibilities for me to further my career and climb the higher pay bracket.
Lisa Chao - Seniornetwork engineer Telesystems LLC.