Beside the already known - i.e. leaked - information some of the key facts are as follows:
- The current BSCI, BCMSN, ONT and ISWC exams will be replaced by the ROUTE, SWITCH and TSHOOT exams
- The length of the new exams will be increased to 120 minutes each
- The ROUTE and SWITCH exams contain 52 questions each, the TSHOOT exam 53 questions
- The price of the new exams will be increased up to $ 200.00 each
- The last day to test for the old exams is July 31, 2010
- The new ROUTE and SWITCH exams will be available on March 10, 2010
- The new TSHOOT exam will be available on April 30, 2010
- If you do not pass ISCW and ONT by July 31, 2010 you have to pass the new TSHOOT exam
FastLane and ExperTeach - the other 2 Certified Learning Partners - also updated their websites this morning [GMT+1] with the same information.
So we can indeed expect the announcement from Cisco later today, i.e. once the US wakes up.
Cisco just updated their website with the new CCNP Certification curriculum. Of course, the CCIP Certification and CCDP Certification pages got updated as well.
Cisco also released a special CCNP Exam Combination Tool which you can use to determine which exams you have to pass in case you are in the middle of the track right now.
Cisco has now also updated The Cisco Learning Network with lots of information about the new exams. Below a selection of the ones that I found to be most interesting:
1) Special Beta Offer for CCNP TSHOOT Exam:
This exam will initially be released as a beta exam. You can register and take the beta (#643-832) from February 16 through March 26, 2010. All details can be found HERE.
2) The Blueprints aka exam topics of the new exams (login required):
642-902 ROUTE Exam Topics (Blueprint)
642-813 SWITCH Exam Topics (Blueprint)
642-832 TSHOOT Exam Topics (Blueprint)
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The study materials for the new exams are not yet listed at Cisco Press but this should be only a matter of hours. However, based on the available information you can expect to see the following official books to be released very soon:
- CCNP ROUTE Exam Certification Guide, February 2010
- CCNP SWITCH Exam Certification Guide, February 2010
- CCNP TSHOOT Exam Certification Guide, February 2010
So it seems that at least the Exam Certification Guides will be ready in time to prepare you for the new exams as soon as they are available.
There is a nice 10 minutes presentation regarding the upcoming changes at Cisco TV. Make sure to check it out. In contains a lot of additional information.
CiscoPress just started to update their site with information regarding the upcoming CCNP certification books. In addition to the above mentioned materials they also plan to publish Portable Command Guides for each exam as before. No scheduled release dates yet but those should be added pretty soon.
Cisco has re-released the FAQ regarding the new CCNP curriculum on their Certifications & Communities Online Support website.
There you can find a whopping 27 Instant Answers regarding the updated track. Almost every question you can think of gets answered. Make sure to check it out.
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Edited by Sunfish, 27 January 2010 - 03:25 AM.