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I have passed my CCNA and now i want to prepare for CCNP. What are the books i should buy for exams


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And people say that paper certs don't exist anymore! –  phoebus Dec 22 '09 at 5:07
almost all certs are paper certs nowadays –  Jim B Dec 22 '09 at 5:28
Buying books to study for a cert is hardly evidence of it being a paper cert. If you could get it purely from experience, or purely from book learning, it'd be a paper cert. –  Cian Dec 22 '09 at 23:51

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The CCNP test was recently revised and updated. The new test consists of three sections: Route, Switch & Troubleshooting (syllabus). It now consists of much more hands on exercises and can hardly be considered a 'paper' cert.

Cisco Press has released new study guides for each of the sections: ROUTE, SWITCH, TSHOOT.

The recommended training for these tests now consists of a full week of classroom training plus an additional 8 or so hours of online training.

Wendell Odom has a series of articles on the new tests: Route, Switch, TShoot.


The obvious answer is to get the Certification Library:


This contains all the requisite books for:


Of course, if you're planning on doing this over a year or two, you may want to hold off as the syllabus is changing and ONT/ISCW will be replaced with a new "TSHOOT" module dealing with troubleshooting network issues.

While many other books are great for knowledge and practical aspects, the exams almost always directly pull from material in the books. As always, certifications only say you've read up on the subject, not that you have experience. A CCNP can be said to be worth about a year's commercial experience.


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