If you missed it (god knows how its possible), today is the first day where ROUTE, SWITCH and TSHOOT exams are the only valid CCNP track exams. When I started this blog seven month back I looked at this date as a scary monster and now that it’s here, it feels great to know that I beat the deadline by couple of month ;)
If you didn’t complete your CCNP track by yesterday, your choices are limited to the exams listed above. Say goodbye to the old books, training videos and notes. For some part you’ll be able to use the old materials as some of the topics are either unchanged or expanded but big portions are outdated and should not be used anymore.
Personally I liked ISCW and ONT and learned a lot from each (mostly from ONT) but new times, new technologies and let’s face it – new business strategy for Cisco bring those changes. If you missed the deadline and stuck with a useless ISCW\ONT it kind of sucks but looking at the big picture I believe it is a good step for all of us as its updating the validity of our certification and make it harder to get (which for any certificate is a good thing).
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As the end of life for the old CCNP track is getting closer, 93 days left before ISCW and ONT exams retire, the last piece of the new track is now available.
If you didn’t hear about the changes you can get all the details here.
TSHOOT, exam number 642-832 is now out of beta and available at any VUE center.
You can now take the Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks exam (which practically replace the ISCW and ONT exams) and complete your CCNP certification taking only three exams.
You can find the most updated blueprint here and if you do not have a Cisco login you can download the pdf version. If you started your studies based on the beta blueprint check the changes comparison page. I did not see any difference but if I missed it let us all know.
By now you already know that CCNP has a new format. You read all the details here few weeks ago.
The TSHOOT beta is an early release of the TSHOOT certification exam, which is used to determine the predictive ability of the exam questions. It is the same length and covers the same topics as the final exam. Candidates who pass a beta exam receive full credit, however scores on beta exams are not immediately available. Candidates must wait six to eight weeks, until the beta analysis is complete, to receive their scores. The TSHOOT beta exam will be released sometime around February 16 and be available through March 26, 2010 at a discounted price of $50 USD. As an incentive to schedule, the first 150 beta exams completed will be provided free of charge. Candidates may attempt a beta exam only one time. Scores are expected to be released at the end of April.
Use the promo code TSBETA when registering
As of Today (Jan 27th 8pm ET) the exam is not available on VUE’s registration page.
Update: VUE sent me an update about the beta registration
Candidates will be able register and take the TSHOOT exam starting
February 16, 2010 and ending March 26, 2010.
Pay attention to one little catch – you’ll have to wait 6-8 weeks for the result. If you’re already in the process of the current version you will not have time to take ISCW and ONT if you fail the beta exam.
You should also check the Webinar Cisco plan on Feb 23rd 2010
Save the Date- CCNP Customer Webinar, February 23, 2010
Cisco will conduct two webinar events on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 covering the revisions made to the CCNP certification exams and courses. The webinars will take place at 8:00 am and 7:00 pm PST (attendees will only need to attend one of the calls as the content will be identical). Check the Cisco Learning Network in the coming weeks for registration information.
I’ll post the registration link once it’s available on CLN.
Quick note to followup on Cisco’s announcement from Jan 25th:
Cisco Press released a list of their new books for the new exams.
Training is also available with the major Cisco partners. Prices for ROUTE and SWITCH exams stay at the same level as before.
I did not see TSHOOT training available yet but per Cisco’s announcement video it this class would be 92% lab time.