Cisco certified internetwork expert certification or CCIP authenticates the knowledge and expertise required to maintain and manage the infrastructures of service providing firms having huge internetworks. A networking expert having a CCIP certification is fully capable and competent enough to display his skills in infrastructure IP networking solutions in any service providing firm. IP routing, MPLS, BGP, IP QoS etc form the curriculum of this certification.
This is one of the latest exam intermediate level certifications by Cisco. A Cisco certified internetwork expert is proficient in IP routing and multicast apart from other technologies like DSL, cable and content networking. This is the reason why you must have the knowledge of a core component in which the fundamentals of IP routing and multicast are covered and an additional elective component where in a network expert can select any particular telecommunications technology. Moreover you can’t go for a CCIP certification unless you have already CCNA certification.
The exam queries consist of a mixture of multiple choice, simulation and drag and drop type of queries. The no. of queries asked and the length keep changing from exam to exam. The CCIP certification is legit for three years after which it requires to be validated again by appearing for a re-certification. For that one just requires to either give and clear exam 642 or clear any CCIE written exam which is current at that time.
After clearing the CCNA certification one automatically gets eligible to appear for CCIP certification and he can achieve it by passing three or four exams, whichever path they wish to choose. The three exam route just mixes two exams to create one single combined exam, so that the candidate saves his time and money while being exiled on the same subject immaterial of the route. He then has to successfully clear both routing and switching subjects to get the certification.
The candidate receives a score card which denotes pass or fails at the end of the examination. To provide assistance in finding the areas of improvement additional information is given. Also, one has to clear all the three or four exams in one go; otherwise he won’t be able to earn CCIP certification.