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Exam and experience requirements for CCSP

I just read your response regarding the amount of study required to sit for the CISSP exam. Can you explain the requirements for the CCSP from Cisco? I have already taken and passed the Cisco Networking Academy course for this, and have 20 plus years in IT, however I don't have any direct experience with network security.

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If you've taken and passed the Cisco Academy course for CCSP, you should be set to take (and pass) the exams. You must, however, also hold a CCNA to qualify for this credential -- so I'm assuming you've already earned one.

Unlike the CISSP, which requires candidates to document four or more years of relevant, security-related on the job experience to qualify for the credential, the CCSP includes no such requirements. Thus, given your training and background you should have no more than the ordinary toil and trouble associated with taking and passing the five exams required -- see CCSP for the details.


This was first published in November 2004

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