Second time around, passed with flying colours. It’s amazing the difference it makes when you have up to date study material. So that’s all four exams done, but it appears I might not yet be a CCNP. Since my CCNA expired a couple of years ago, I think I will have to re-sit the CCNA exam just to renew it so that it counts towards my CCNP.
It’s a pretty stupid rule, IMHO, since, if you can pass all the CCNP exams, you are obviously well beyond CCNA level. It seems like it’s just another way for Cisco to make money. I’ll be in big trouble if I ever let my CCNP expire, because that would mean sitting all four (or maybe five, including CCNA) exams again!
Of course, CCIE does not have any prerequisites – not even a current CCNP or CCNA. You’d be pretty brave to attempt CCIE without at least several years experience and/or having at least gained CCNP once. But since I plan to tackle CCIE next, I doubt I’ll worry too much about keeping my CCNP up to date. The way I see it, CCIE trumps all previous qualifications anyway.