What Are the Differences Between CCNA and CCNP Certification?

What Are the Differences Between CCNA and CCNP Certification?

Many people do not know the difference between CCNA and CCNP, whose discrepancy is only one letter. So what’s the difference between CCNA and CCNP? In Cisco certification level, is it better to learn CCNA? Or is it better to learn CCNP?

1. Different Certification Levels

CCNA certification is the primary certification in Cisco certification. After learning CCNA, it indicates that you have the ability to install, configure, run medium-sized routing and switching network, and carry out troubleshooting. What’s more, it also means that you can establish connection with remote site through WAN, eliminate basic security threats, understand the requirements of wireless network access.

While CCNP certification is the intermediate certification in Cisco certification. The completion of CCNP marks that engineers have the ability to install, configure and troubleshoot the converged LAN and WAN with 100 nodes to more than 500 nodes. Engineers can as well as manage the routers and switches that constitute the core of the network, as well as the edge applications that integrate voice, wireless and security into the network.

2. Different Examination Fees

The new CCNA costs USD 325 and needs to pass only one exam.

CCNP needs to pass three exams, each of which costs USD 300, totaling USD 900. At the same time, we need to pay attention to the fact that we must take CCNA before taking CCNP.

3. Different Social Recognition

Most of the network engineers who get CCNA certification work in enterprise network management, and their salary is relatively low, about USD 4,000 TO USD 6,000.

The network engineer with CCNP certification can choose more jobs, such as technical support engineer, whose salary is from USD 6,000 to USSD 8,000, or engaged in technical sales, etc.

4. Different Learning Content

CCNA is more basic in learning content, which is mainly divided into network communication principle, construction of small exchange enterprise network, construction of medium-sized exchange enterprise network and Internet access.