Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching (short course)

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Why study this course?

London Metropolitan University has been recognised by Cisco for providing the best delivery of the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum in Europe. Our Cisco Academy is one of the very few places in the UK to have been certified by Cisco Systems to provide CCNP training. This course is designed for CCNA-qualified networking engineers.

More about this course

We offer part-time and weekend courses in computer networks and internetworking. These programmes are structured to teach you the skills needed to design, build and maintain computer networks, and enable successful candidates to take the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) examinations.

Cisco currently dominates the router market and networking professionals need to be familiar with Cisco technologies. Today's corporations depend on their information networks for mission-critical operations and are looking for highly-trained networking professionals to keep them up and running at maximum performance. Qualified networking experts are in short supply and they are therefore in high demand. There are currently more Cisco networking jobs available than professionals to fill them.

Enrolling in this course also entitles you to attend Free Technology Courses . These courses help you develop new concepts, new career skills and expand your understanding of the latest technologies.

Please note, you will need a Windows-based PC or laptop with internet connection if you wish to study the material outside the University's premises.


The CCNP curriculum helps you to prepare for the Cisco CCNP certification exams. The CCNP certification validates a network professional’s ability to install, configure and troubleshoot converged local and wide-area networks. The CCNP course offers a career development path for Cisco CCNA-certified network engineers and a solid foundation for those who are interested in the Cisco CCIE? certification.

There are two certifications:

  • Academy certification: upon completion of the CCNP course in the Cisco Networking Academy programme, you'll be awarded an academic certification for each individual CCNP module.
  • Industry certification: this can be taken in any Pearson VUE authorised testing centre. You must pay for your own test.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

Prerequisite for Cisco CCNP courses

You must have:

  • passed the CCNA award and have a certificate registration number with Cisco


  • completed CCNA training with the Cisco networking academy


  • an equivalent CCNA-level industry experience

CCNP courses can be taken in any order. However, it is recommended to take the CCNP ROUTE and SWITCH before CCNP TSHOOT.

International Students

If you are an international student you will require a minimum English language qualification as detailed below (or equivalent):

  • IELTS 5.5 with all components 5.0 or above 550 with 4 in the TWE (Test of Written English) or 213 in the computer-based test (essay rating 4).

You may also be eligible if you received high grades in English throughout your education or your education was undertaken in English.

For more information about how to take an IELTS exam (the preferred qualification), visit the British Council's website.

Retakes of Cisco CCNP courses

The course fee covers a maximum of two assessments for any short courses. If you cannot pass the exam after the second attempt, you will have to take the course again. This could mean taking the whole course again or just sitting an additional assessment. This will be decided by your instructor. There will be a fee for retaking the courses. 

Course structure

The training material for this qualification is covered by three individual courses of the Cisco Networking Academy Program (CNAP) over a period of approximately eight weeks per course for the full-time course and 13 weeks for the part-time course.

There are three parts to the course, which can be taken in any sequence:

CCNP Route: Implementing Cisco IP Routing

This course teaches you how to implement, monitor and maintain routing services in an enterprise network. You'll learn how to plan, configure and verify the implementation of complex enterprise local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) routing solutions, using a range of routing protocols. The course also covers the configuration of secure routing solutions to support branch offices and mobile workers. Comprehensive labs emphasise hands-on learning and practice to reinforce configuration skills.

CCNA-level knowledge and skills are required.

CCNP Switch: Implementing Cisco IP Switching

You'll learn how to implement, monitor and maintain switching in converged enterprise networks and how to plan, configure and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions using the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture. The course also covers the secure integration of virtual LANs (VLANs), wireless LANs (WLANs), voice and video into campus networks. Comprehensive labs emphasise hands-on learning and practice to reinforce configuration skills.

CCNA-level knowledge and skills are required.

CCNP Tshoot: Maintaining and Troubleshooting Cisco IP Networks

This course teaches you how to monitor and maintain complex, enterprise-routed and switched Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Skills learned include the planning and execution of regular network maintenance, as well as support and troubleshooting using technology-based processes and best practices in a systematic and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)-compliant approach. Extensive labs emphasise hands-on learning and practice to reinforce troubleshooting techniques.

Course dates

Course dates Full-time: February 2020*
Schedule Full-time: Mondays (excluding bank holidays) and Wednesdays, 10am-5pm
Part-time: Mondays (excluding bank holidays) and Wednesdays, 6pm-9pm
Duration 12 weeks

*Subject to a minimum of seven students on the course?

February 2020 Timetable

CCNP Route

Week 1 beginning 3 February 2020

  • Chapter 0 Course Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Basic Networking and Routing
  • Chapter 2 EIGRP
  • Chapter 3 OSPF

Week 2 beginning 10 February 2020

  • Chapter 4 Manipulating Routing Updates
  • Chapter 5 Implementing Path Control
  • Chapter 6 Enterprise Internet Connectivity

Week 3 beginning 17 February 2020

  • Chapter 7 BGP
  • Chapter 8 Routers and Routing Protocol Hardening
  • Case Study / Labs

Week 4 beginning 24 February 2020

  • Assessments 26 February 2020
  • Assessments 28 February 2020
  • Retakes 28 February 2020

CCNP Switch

Week 5 beginning 2 March 2020

  • Chapter 1 Fundamentals Review
  • Chapter 2 Network Design Fundamentals
  • Chapter 3 Campus Network Architecture

Week 6 beginning 9 March 2020

  • Chapter 4 Spanning Tree in depth
  • Chapter 5 InterVLAN Routing
  • Chapter 6 First Hop Redundancy Protocols

Week 7 beginning 16 March 2020

  • Chapter 7 Network Management
  • Chapter 8 Switching Features & Technologies
  • Chapter 9 High Availability

Week 8 beginning 23 March 2020

  • Chapter 10 Campus Network Security
  • Assessments 25 March 2020
  • Retakes 27 March 2020

CCNP Tshoot

Week 9 beginning 30 March 2020

  • Chapter 1 Troubleshooting Methods
  • Chapter 2 Structured Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 3 Network Maintenance Tasks and Best Practices

Week 10 beginning 20 April 2020

  • Chapter 4 Basic Switching and Routing Processes and Effective IOS
    Troubleshooting Commands
  • Chapter 5 Using Specialised Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tools
  • Chapter 6 Trouble Tickets: IPv4/IPv6 Services and the Data Plane

Week 11 beginning 27 April 2020

  • Chapter 7 Trouble Tickets: Integrating Multiple IGPs
  • Chapter 8 Trouble Tickets: Integrating IGPs with BGP
  • Chapter 9 Trouble Tickets: Continuum of Network Technologies

Week 12 beginning 6 May 2020

  • Chapter 10 Trouble Tickets: Complex Environments
  • Assessments 6 May 2020
  • Retakes 8 May 2020


Payments and discounts

Important:?Payment must be made in full via eShop before the start of the course. Full payment of the?fee will qualify you to a 10% discount for all three modules.

If we?have offered you the option?to split the payment, you are still committed to paying any outstanding fees?either on starting the next module or when you are asked to do so. Please read our terms and conditions before proceeding with any payments.?Current and former London Met degree students and staff are also entitled to a 10% discount. Please note that the 10% discount is only applicable once.

  • Full-time courses cost £2,910 for all three modules. If paid in full, a 10% discounted price for all three modules is £2,610. When paying, please add three items to your basket in the discounted?eShop. If an instalment option is available, you may pay £1,740 for two modules in the?eShop. Please make sure you read and understand our terms and conditions before making any payments.
  • Part-time courses cost £970 for one module. Please pay £970 for one module in the eShop. If you are entitled to a 10% discount, then the reduced price is £870 per module in the discounted eShop. Please make sure you read and understand our terms and conditions before making any payments.

International student advice

As these courses run for less than six months, the University can issue student visitor invitation letters for students who require a visa, but this will be subject to full payment of the tuition fee in advance. We'll require scanned copies of your passport information page, any previous student visas for the UK and your English language qualification. These documents will be retained for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) compliance purposes.?You're not allowed to work in the UK during the period of this visa.

How to apply

Please apply online for this course.

Please note references are not required for Cisco courses.

Before paying, you will be asked to confirm you agree to our Short Course Training Centre terms and conditions .


When to apply

There is no official closing date for this course, but you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course. If you have missed the deadline please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Course administrator: Adele Almammedova – or +44 (0)20 7133 3627

Course leader: Dr Shahram Salekzamankhani – or +44 (0)20 7133 3705