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CCNP Collaboration certification: a list of Frequently Asked Questions

17th February 2015
by Marjolein Marinissen

Today Cisco introduces the CCNP Collaboration certification, wherein voice and video are integrated. The CCNP Voice certification will cease to apply.

But what if you are preparing that revoked certification at this moment? Or if you are already in possession of this certification? Is there an simple way to transfer to CCNP Collaboration? And how do you obtain that certification?

In this blog post I will explain what you need to do to obtain the CCNP Collaboration certification and what options are available to everyone who (almost) possesses the CCNP Voice certification.

How do you obtain the CCNP Collaboration certification?

To obtain the CCNP Collaboration certification 4 exams need to be taken successfully:

What previous knowledge is required for the CCNP Collaboration certification?

The required previous knowledge for the CCNP Collaboration certification is a valid CCIE certification or CCNA Collaboration certification. To obtain the CCNA Collaboration certification 2 exams need to be taken successfully:

In what order do you take the CCNP Collaboration courses?

It is advised to follow the CIPTV1-, CIPTV2- and CAPPS courses first. These are focused on the implementation of Cisco IP Telephony, video and the applications that run on Unified Communications. After following these courses the CTCOLLAB training can start, that focusses on troubleshooting.

You are preparing for the CCNP Voice certification at this moment. This certification will cease to apply. What options do you have?

You have 2 options:

1. You take the exams 642-437 CVOICE, 642-447 CIPT1, 642-457 CIPT2, 642-427 TVOICE and 642-467 CAPPS successfully and will therefore obtain the CCNP Voice certification. Attention: the CCNP Voice certification can probably be taken until Q4 2015. Cisco has not yet communicated the precise End Of Life date of the certification.

2. You are preparing for the  CCNP Collaboration certification.
To obtain the CCNP Collaboration certification 4 exams need to be taken successfully:

When you have already passed the 642-447 CIPT1 exam you are exempted from the 300-070 CIPTV1 exam.

When you have already passed the 642-427 TVOICE exam you are exempted from the 300-080 CTCOLLAB-exam.

When you have already passed the 642-467 CAPPS exam you are exempted from the 300-085 CAPPS exam.

When you have already passed the 642-437 CVOICE and/or the 642-457 CIPT2 exam there will be no possible exemption from a CCNP Collaboration exam.

Attention: A valid CCNA Collaboration certification is required for the obtainment of the CCNP Collaboration certification.

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You are CCNP Voice certificated and want to obtain the CCNP Collaboration certification. What do you need to do?

If you are CCNP Voice certificated you are exempted from the exams 300-070 CIPTV1, 642-427 TVOICE and 300-085 CAPPS and you will only need to pass the 300-075 CIPTV2 exam.

A valid CCNA Collaboration certification is not required, but is highly recommended.

When does your CCNP Voice certification expire?

Your CCNA Voice certification is valid for 3 years and will stay valid for 3 years. It is highly probable that the CCNP Voice certification cannot be obtained anymore after Q4 2015 – Cisco has not yet communicated the precise End Of Life date of the certification – but certifications that are already obtained will stay valid.

Can’t find your question in this blog post?

Do you have another question that you can’t find in the above? Please let me know I will be happy to help! Frequenty asked questions about the CCNA Collaboration certification, ánd the answers to them can be found here.

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