Which exam?

relientmarkrelientmark Member Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
hello all,

My CCNA expires in May, and I am looking to pass a CCSP exam to renew it.
The issue is, I am already scheduled to site my CISSP in June.

I have lots of experience with security, but minimal with Cisco equip.

What would be the best exam for me to sit?

Your help is appreciated.




  • EricOEricO Member Posts: 93 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Just my two cents here but I suggest 642-502 SNRS. I took the 501 version of the exam back in December. I think it should be the first exam you take because it really illustrates Cisco's vision of security. It's a great foundation for all of the other exams.
  • HHHTheGameHHHTheGame Member Posts: 75 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I might agree. I took the 501 to renew my CCNA last month and it was pretty easy. Not sure on how the 502 version relates to the 501 (comparing the two), but I'm sure they're similar. The other three exams get into more detail (PIX, VPN, IDS) and the last is all-encompassing(sp?).
  • relientmarkrelientmark Member Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Would I need any access to H/W for this exam?
    What books did you guys use for preperation?
    How long for prep?
  • relientmarkrelientmark Member Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    What do you guys think about doing 642-551 SND?
    The specialist certs all require this one, thoughts?

    Keeping in mind, I am fine with security,just not much expeirence with Cisco h/w

    thanks again
  • EricOEricO Member Posts: 93 ■■□□□□□□□□
    The 551, if it's like the 541 I just finished, is a Capstone to the other exams requiring that you have a mastery of all the other subjects.
  • davidugadaviduga Member Posts: 6 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Shortly after receiving my CCNA, I bought the CCSP Flash Card book and started studying for the SND exam. I passed it with almost 30 minutes to spare. I then took the IPS exam and it was MUCH tougher and I nearly ran out of time. I'm now studying for the SNPA and am making sure that I take my time with it before I sit for the exam. So, if you're looking for a quick cert to take to recertify your CCNA, I highly suggest the SND.

    ~ David
  • determinedgermandeterminedgerman Member Posts: 168
    Well, I have to say I would try it with the 502. It can't be that much harder than the 501. I took it in December and it was pretty easy. I don't see that the 502 shouldn't be...

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