Multiswitching mastery

If you're already a Cisco Certified Network Associate - CCNA - and you specialize in service provider networks, there's another new focused certification to add to your credentials.

Introduced last month, the Cisco Multiservice Switching Specialist validates the knowledge necessary to design, install, configure, support and troubleshoot complex ATM networks. This is latest addition the Cisco Qualified Specialist family of certifications for IP telephony, security, SNA/IP and other technologies.

Skills required for the certification include Cisco multiservice switching delivery, WAN ATM, frame relay, IP routing, digital voice processing and signaling, circuit emulation, Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Private Network-to-Network Interface (PNNI). The Cisco Multiservice Switching Specialist certification is useful for those who need to implement ATM multiservice switching and service provisioning based on Cisco's BPX and MGX networks.

To qualify, you must have a valid CCNA certification and pass the ATM Multiservice Switching 9E0-911 and the PNNI and MPLS Networking 9E0-921 exams. Prometric and Virtual University Enterprises (VUE) offer the exams at locations worldwide.

The certification is valid for two years. To recertify, you'll need to take and pass the current version of the multiservice switching exam.

Cisco also announced that previously earned WAN certifications will remain active for a period of three years from the date they were achieved. After that, the Cisco Multiservice Switching Specialist will be the replacement path for validating knowledge in this field.

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