Many friends who have just come into contact with network engineering don’t know much about the difference between CCNP and CCIE. SPOTO will introduce CCNP and CCIE to you.

The full name of CCNP is Cisco Certified Network Professional. Passing CCNP certification indicates that the certified personnel have rich network knowledge. CCNP certified professionals can install, configure and run LAN, Wan and dial-up access services for large enterprise networks with 100 to more than 500 nodes. From January 29, 2015, the current CCNP exam subjects were stopped, and the new CCNP exam policywas put into use.

Holding CCNP certificate means that senior network engineers have the ability to install, configure and troubleshoot converged LANs and WANs with 100 to more than 500 nodes. The senior network engineer passing CCNP certification has rich knowledge and skills, and can manage the routers and switches that constitute the core of the network, as well as the edge applications that integrate voice, wireless and security into the network.

With CCNP certificate, you will be able to manage today’s complex network.  Whether or not the network uses core technologies and optimized infrastructure, you can ensure the safe or efficient operation of key applications.


The validity period of CCNP certification is three years. If you need to be re-certified, you must pass any of the 642 professional level exams before the expiration of the certification, or pass the existing CCIE written exam. Then your certification can be extended for three years.

The full name of CCIE is Cisco Certified Internetwork expert. CCIE certification exam is an expert certification exam launched by Cisco in 1993. CCIE certificate is recognized as the most authoritative certificate in IT industry and the top certificate in the field of internetworking.

CCIE program sets a professional standard for network technology, which is widely recognized by the industry. Passing CCIE certification is considered to be the best proof of mastering professional network technology knowledge and having rich work experience.

CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork expert) holders account for less than 3% of the total number of participants of Cisco certification, and less than 1% of the global network practitioners (official Cisco Data). Cisco certification mainly provides engineers with the professional knowledge they need to master Cisco devices in today’s rapidly changing network environment. CCIE is the certification of the most advanced technical capability of Cisco (except for the newly launched CCA). It is located at the top of the Cisco pyramid certification system. It is also recognized as one of the most authoritative and respected certificates in the IT industry. In 2003, CCIE was rated as the No.1 among top 10 IT certifications in the world, with the reputation of the ultimate IT certification. In addition to the recognition of the whole industry, CCIE is also an indicator for you to continuously hold the latest network knowledge. You will be one of the most competitive persons in your field of expertise with CCIE certificate.

CCIE certification is divided into two states: active and inactive. In order to enable holders of CCIE certificate to track new technologies and maintain the expert level of CCIE, Cisco has to re-certify them every two years since they have passed CCIE certification. Otherwise, although you still have your CCIE number, your state will change from active to inactive, and the corresponding rights granted by Cisco will be gone. But your CCIE number is reserved forever. Strict certification rules make CCIE one of the most valuable certificates in IT industry, and also one of the most respected and difficult to obtain.

Through the above content, it is believed that you can have a preliminary understanding of the difference between CCNP and CCIE.