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Time limit between CCNP exams?

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jonathan.vanderwatt
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Hi all,
I passed my CCNP routing exam in July this year. I was just wondering, how long do I have before I MUST write the switching exam? Things have been a bit hectic so I haven't really had the time to study...
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I took the switch exam (back then BCMSN) two and a half years before taking the route and tshoot exams. Just got busy like you are, but it still counted after all that time.

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If you log into the Cisco Certification Tracking system, which was previously blogged about here:

http://tekcert.com/blog/2010/10/11/cisco-certification-tracking-system

..you can see the status of each exam you have passed or attempted. It should tell you how long the exams you've passed are valid.

In the case of the CCNP exams, you have 3 years from the date you passed the first one to pass the other two. So if you passed the route exam this past July, you should have until July of 2014 to finish the other two, similar to how Tank mentioned he took the last two exams two and half years later.

Hope this helps.

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You don't need to take both exams, do you?

I thought with Cisco: if you pass an exam of equal level it recertifies all previous certifications of the same level and lower.

So if you passed CCNP ROUTE, you have 3 years from date of passing to take and pass another exam of the same level, such as CCNP SWITCH. And then that will start the clock for another 3 years until you need to pass another exam of equal level.

Or do you need to pass all three exams (ROUTE, SWITCH, and TSHOOT) within three years in order to become a CCNP?

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Option 2 as stated above is accurate. You have 3 years from the date of passing the first exam to pass the other two. That said, each time you pass a professional level exam renews your other certifications such as a CCNA.

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I freaked out when I got my CCNA results back this time around. I did pass, but it said Cisco policy requires 180 days before retaking an exam. So, if I fail CCNA Voice, or one of the CCNP Voice exams, will I really have to wait 180 days before retaking? I guess it wouldn't be a big deal with the CCNP level, but I need the CCNA Voice to continue my track. That would be a bummer to fail CCNA Voice if I have to wait 180 days. I was thinking I could retake after 7 days......

Thanks,

Jonathan

P.S. I fully expect to pass CCNA Voice with CBT Nuggets and my personal experience with CUCM. Just get freaked out per worst case scenarios.

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When one fails the CCNA exam, a retake is allowed in 2 weeks. The retake will be a new CCNA exam...not the same as the failed exam..with completly different questions, simulations etc.. This is a good policy since it allows a quick retake.

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I believe the 180 day retake policy applies to when you pass the exam. Cisco wants to be prevent companies that send the same guy in 20 times to memorize the questions so they can sell that information. If you don't pass an exam, you can check with the test scheduling center (i.e. vue.com) to see when you are allowed to schedule it again. It's typically a short amount of time, like 5 business days, before you can take it again.

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Yeah, it wasn't clear on the results page that printed out after I passed. 180 to retake same exam after passing. 5 business days to retake a failed exam.

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