apart from the CCNP safety and CCNA Voice bulletins Cisco made at Interop new york today, Cisco also introduced alterations to the CCNP Voice certification. Cisco appears to be altering the names of all the expert-degree certs to CCNP "whatever thing" (CCNP Voice is the brand new legit identify of this cert). The largest adjustments? Updates to Collaboration application V8.0, harmony Connection and Presence enter this cert within the new CAPPS examination, and the QoS examination leaves the cert.
This submit will focus on the CCNP Voice cert, with hyperlinks for other posts listed at the bottom of this posting. in this submit, i could give a top level view of the changes, listing some links, and open it up for some intestine response. i'll dig into the specifics in the particular person exams over the following couple of weeks.
main CCNP Voice web page at Cisco.com
main CCNP Voice web page at the Cisco studying network
CCNP Voice Announcement at the Cisco studying community
CCNP Voice retains the 5-exam model. updated versions of CVOICE, CIPT1, CIPT2, and TUC (renamed TVOICE) all continue to be, but with some issues transferring. The QoS examination goes far from CCNP Voice, but some QoS content material strikes over to the new CVOICE. (the new CVOICE tacks "and QoS" to the end of the historical authentic name.) Cisco replaces the QoS examination slot in CCNP Voice with the new Integrating Cisco Unified Communications functions (CAPPS) exam.
I had the opportunity to chat with Fred Weiller, Director of advertising for discovering@Cisco, and Tejas Vashi, Senior manager answerable for Product administration for getting to know@Cisco, concerning the upcoming alterations. Fred informed me that the largest alternate across the assessments (and connected courses) is the additions/changes concerning V8.0 of the entire Cisco Voice products (Cisco Unified Communications and Collaboration eight.0). So while the issues may have gotten moved around a bit of from exam to exam (evaluating the historic and new assessments, respectively), the largest adjustments appear to be the updates for the product versions, and the addition of the brand new CAPPS exam. It also appears like one of the CIPT1 admin tasks have moved over to the brand new CCNA to the new ICOMMM path, which is a brand new examination for CCNA Voice.
To aid us sift in the course of the specifics about alterations to the tests, I've asked my good chum and occasional guest blogger in this area, Dave Schulz, to do a guest blog post here.(Dave teaches Voice classes for Skyline ATS, and wrote the brand new Cisco Press CIPT2 short Reference product.) before the week's up, i could post his recommendations analyzing the details of the adjustments in CIPT1/CIPT2. He'll likely also provide us some further detail of the different new CCNP Voice tests in another post as neatly.
the new exam for CCNP Voice, CAPPS, makes a speciality of voice functions, peculiarly Cisco Unified Messaging (cohesion) and Cisco Unified Presence. Cisco already had courses on these issues, however not within the former CCVP music.
eventually, Cisco did not migrate the QoS exam from the historical CCVP to the brand new CCNP Voice. Cisco removed QoS as an important topic from CCNP (Route/swap) in their January 2010 replace. (click here to look previous weblog posts on this yr's CCNP changes.) Cisco shrinks the QoS content material in CCVP/CCNP Voice, but the new CVOICE 8.0 examination does cowl a couple of QoS themes: DiffServ, classification and marking, link effectivity, and LLQ. The QoS exam stick round for the CCIP track. Wow!Transition Plan:
As regular, Cisco can have a transition length during which the historic exams still exist, and the new exams additionally exist. The posted final date to check with the old checks in Feb 28, 2011, but re-examine the web web page when you are basing your examine plan on this date! (appear to the leading page for the new CCNP Voice and search from there.) which you could all the time circulate the entire historical checks before they go away, or wait and pass the entire new tests. The pleasing situations occur if you happen to want to use some historical and a few new exams.
Cisco gave us a nice handy transition plan to the brand new CCNP Voice. pretty much, you move either the ancient or the new exam in the four glaring instances, and that they even let the old QoS count (if passed on time) as a substitute of the new CAPPS examination.Cisco Press publication Plan
The decent news is that, as before, Cisco Press plans to post new variations of their current Self study courses (SSG) and short Reference items for CVOICE, CIPT1, and CIPT2, along with brief Reference products for TVOICE and CAPPS. The unhealthy information is that it seems that neither TVOICE nor CAPPS can have a Self-examine e-book (SSG) or reliable Certification ebook (OCG) for CAPPS.
It may well be useful to consider some historical past on the trend of products. The short Refs, a downloaded PDF, summarize reference information for each and every exam, about 100 pages (+-50%). The Self examine guides (SSG) focal point on foundational discovering and are typically according to the cloth, examples, and diagrams from the Cisco licensed curriculum by the same identify. eventually, Cisco Press makes an electronic edition of these SSGs purchasable early, for those who do not are looking to look ahead to the published ebook, in a layout referred to as tough Cuts. or not it's a download of the e-book, however earlier than probably the most final modifying is performed. So, it's rough... but you get it early.
So, listed here are the at the moment planned date tiers (varies just a little from product to product):
SSG tough reduce dates (planned): December 2010
SSG Print dates (planned): April/may also 2011
brief Ref dates (deliberate): Jan 2011
click here to look an inventory of the Self look at e book and quick Reference products. be aware that the links may additionally not be available instantly on announcement day, so I've linked to a web page on my internet site. i'll update those links in one location as they become obtainable. ultimately, on the total disclosure front: whereas I have not written any of those CCNP Voice books, I do have an oblique pastime in seeing Cisco Press be successful.short Opinions
What do you feel? Hoorah, ho hum, oh no?
i used to be truly hoping Cisco would shrink this cert from 5 tests to four - I nevertheless feel CCNP Voice is too large.
Sorry, i'm sad in regards to the disappearance of the QoS exam. It appears to be important, simply now not a whole exam value of critical. What about you individuals?
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