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New CCNP track – Countdown started

The following is an answer to a question on the Cisco Certification & Communities Online Support

The table below lists all the valid ways to become certified. Note the expiration date of the options using ISCW and ONT. Candidates in the process of obtaining their CCNP, who wish to certify before the new TSHOOT exam becomes required, must pass all the required exams on or before July 31 2010. After July 31, 2010, all CCNP candidates will be required to pass the TSHOOT exam.

CCNP  = BCSI + BCMSN + ISCW + ONT       (Last day July 31, 2010)
CCNP  = COMP + ISCW + ONT                     (Last day July 31, 2010)
CCNP  = BCSI + SWITCH + ISCW + ONT     (Last day July 31, 2010)
CCNP  = ROUTE + BCMSN + ISCW + ONT    (Last day July 31, 2010)
CCNP  = ROUTE + SWITCH + ISCW + ONT   (Last day July 31, 2010)

There is an official announcement here though it doesn’t show yet on the main CCNP page. More information on the announced changes can be found here.
You can now mark July 31 as the focal point, the end of the road for the current track.
The one thing that does come out from this new information is that even if you fail to complete all 4 exams by July 31 you will not lose everything. The only catch is ISCW & ONT being bundled for the TSHOOT exam but BCMSN and BSCI will count for a new track exam. not a bad deal.

Only 197 days left to complete my CCNP

Update: on Jan 21st I noticed that Cisco removed the answers from their site. You can still see the original post that I recovered with Google Cached

Update: on Jan 25th Cisco released the official announcement. check all the details here

  1. Arbabi
    September 4, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Hi All,

    i have just want to know that if ISCW and ONT exam can be counted or not since i have failed to pass Composite exam before the announced that from CISCO by 31-7-2010.

    which exams do i have to pass to complete CCNP. if ONT and ISCW are not counting that will be very harmful and headache to start from beginning!

    Need commecnt about the regards mentioned


    • September 4, 2010 at 8:09 am

      Sorry to carry the bad news but you’ll have to start all over again and take 3 exams: ROUTE, SWITCH & TSHOOT
      Good luck!

  2. sal
    January 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    are you saying that it is possible to obtain CCNP certification by passing 2 exams (COMP + TSHOOT) ? I have been Cisco certified for 10 years and hold many professional level cisco certs and never have I seen Cisco allow a 2-exam Professional level cert, this seems like an excellent opportunity for those who can handle the COMP exam

    • Rofi Neron
      January 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      I see your point and this option does look odd but this table was published by Cisco.
      Since they said the official announcement will come during Jan and this month is almost over, we’ll have the final official answer soon…
      check back this week for the full official details

  3. January 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

    new CCNP TSHOOT book is available here…


      January 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you very much.This is really good information for all.
      CCNP TSHOOT exam is completely based only on Routing and Switching and not included the ISCW+ONT.Content also not too much,hence CCNP will be easy.
      I Completed CCNA and now preparing for BCMSN,surely complete before July 31,2010.
      I like to wait for the new ROUTE exam(Replacement for BSCI) since some part can be omitted or even if they add it will be good to learn the new ROUTE i think.

      Cheers for all upcoming CCNP’S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Gio
    January 22, 2010 at 7:47 am


    I am interesting if you have any information, about TSHOOT exam. If official training is required too pass TSHOOT exam?

    • Rofi Neron
      January 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

      there is no official information yet on TSHOOT, that should be available after the official announcement. once the details are available I’ll bring them here

  5. Binaryops
    January 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Great, thanks for the info Rofi and explaining this further! Do you know where the Cisco.com link is that shows the breakout table you’ve listed above by chance?

    • Rofi Neron
      January 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      this is interesting, the link is in the post but both answers (which are official Cisco Learning team posts) have been removed…
      I think it is a good indication for the coming announcement (and maybe to some changes from that original semi-leak)

      update at the bottom of the post include the missing page

  6. Rofi Neron
    January 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

    not exactly:
    by passing BSCI you do not have to take the ROUTE exam
    by passing BCMSN you do not have to take the SWITCH exam
    each stand for itself. it doesn’t matter which combination (as the table show) but you need one of each either old or new
    and yes – you got it right about one TSHOOT exam instead of 2 (ISCW+ONT)

    good luck!

  7. Binaryops
    January 20, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I have just started studying for my BSCI and have the test scheduled for March 6th. I’m still trying to pull together/find some good labs as I have some equipment at home to work from. So what I read from your reply (Thanks btw) that I only need to pass 1 (The BSCI or the BCMSN) to not have to take the Route/Switch exams. I would think I would need to pass both of them before July 31st, correct? Since ICSW and ONT are being replaced by the TSHOOT, then does that mean if I get both my BSCI and my BCMSN before July 31st, I will only have to take the TSHOOT to become CCNP certified?

  8. Binaryops
    January 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    So I’m still a little unclear. I’m studying for the Bsci right now and have my test scheduled for early march. What do you mean by the iscw and ont are being bundled for the tshoot exam but bcmsn and bsci will count for a new track exam?? By the way what the heck is tshoot mean anyways??

    All of this concerns me because I’m wondering if my time spent on the current ccnp track is even worth my while since it’s all going to change anyways but I can’t sit around and not be pursuing this certain. Any info in better explaining this is much appreciated!!

    • Rofi Neron
      January 20, 2010 at 12:01 am


      out of the currently available details we learn that passing either BSCI or BCMSN will count for the new track.
      BSCI will count for the new ROUTE exam
      BCMSN will count for the new SWITCH exam
      so if you pass one or both before July 31st you will not have to take the ROUTE\SWITCH exams
      ISCW & ONT are being removed (not replaced) and the new TSHOOT (aka troubleshoot) will take their place. reading between the lines from the data that as released up to this point indicate that unless you’ve completed the full track (all 4 exams), ICSW and ONT will not count after July 31 and you will be required to take the TSHOOT exam

      where exactly are you in your studies? if you’ll provide more details we’ll be able to help you further

  9. Peter
    January 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Does that mean that July 31 is when they will start displaying the new track on the website as well?

    I notice under cisco.com > certificates > CCNP, the BCSI + BCMSN + ISCW + ONT are still the Required Tests listed.

    It would be nice if they would start updating the information with the new tests and overview.

    • Rofi Neron
      January 19, 2010 at 11:57 am

      usually when the official announcement is being made the main pages are being updated.
      so keep watching – the end of the month is close and you will probably see it soon
      anyway, remember that the current path is still available till July 31

  10. January 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Rofi,

    I’m just getting in touch after I chanced upon your blog from a reply on the Cisco Learning Network.

    We have a similar outlook and goals, you and me. I decided to go for the MCSE and MCITP last year and I got the CCNA too. But the next step for me is the CCNP, which is a whole new world of pain, it seems to me.

    I have subscribed to your blog and if anything on my blog helps you with the MCITP, then all the better.

    All the best.


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