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Cisco Certified Network Professional

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Cisco Certified Network Professional

This course provides our learners with a globally recognised qualification, showcasing their ability in advanced networking. The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification represents an advanced level of expertise in networking technologies and is often a prerequisite for leadership roles in network design and management.

CCNP is vendor-neutral, providing a broad understanding of networking technologies without being tied to a specific vendor or product. This versatility allows our IT professionals to adapt to diverse IT environments and technologies.

The objective of this course is to elevate the proficiency of our IT professionals in advanced networking concepts, enabling them to design, implement, and manage complex network solutions effectively.

The CCNP includes modules on security and automation, enabling our students to implement robust security measures and leverage automation for more efficient network management. This is crucial in safeguarding organisations against cyber threats and improving operational efficiency.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


  • Cisco CCNA 1
  • Cisco CCNA 2
  • Cisco CCNA 3
  • CompTIA A+
  • 24 months or more experience in an IT support-related role


  • CompTIA Security+
  • 12 Months or more experience in a networking role

What qualification will I gain?

Cisco Certified Networking Professional – CCNP.

How will I be assessed?

A weekly chapter summative exam.

Cisco Certified Networking Professional – CCNP Exam.

Why study?

Our industry experienced teaching staff will provide you with a comprehensive instructor-led, classroom-based delivery. Each session will comprise of theory and practical-based delivery and activities.

Bedford College has been a proud and successful partner with Cisco for more than twenty years, with multiple students and staff members going on to achieve a number of national and international awards in part from the learning and experience within their Cisco CCNA learning journey.

Our industry experienced teaching staff will provide you with a comprehensive instructor led, classroom-based delivery. Each session will comprise of theory and practical-based delivery and activities. Join us in class for:

Practical Experience: Our dedicated computing classrooms are equipped with a range of IT technologies to give you real-world experience in a controlled environment.

Structured Learning: Our classroom environments provide a structured learning approach, ensuring comprehensive coverage of the material.

Expert Guidance: Our award-winning teaching staff are experienced instructors who will clarify complex concepts and provide personalised feedback.

Immediate Support: On-the-spot assistance with questions and technical issues, will help enhance the overall learning experience and memory retention.

Peer Interaction: Collaborating with the other learners and peers will enhance understanding through discussion and group activities.

Course content

What will I study?

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification covers advanced networking topics and is divided into different tracks, each focusing on specific areas of expertise. CCNP prepares networking professionals for more senior roles, requiring deeper knowledge and expertise in planning, implementing, and troubleshooting complex enterprise networks.

Advanced Routing:

  • Advanced OSPF (Open Shortest Path First)
  • Advanced EIGRP (Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol)
  • BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) concepts and configurations
  • Redistribution and route filtering


  • VLANs and trunking
  • EtherChannel (Link Aggregation)
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), and Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP)
  • Multilayer switching and high availability


  • Network troubleshooting methodologies
  • Troubleshooting complex network issues
  • Diagnostic tools and techniques

WAN Technologies:

  • PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol)
  • Frame Relay
  • MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching)
  • DMVPN (Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Network)


  • VPN (Virtual Private Network) technologies (IPsec, SSL/TLS)
  • Cisco ASA (Adaptive Security Appliance) firewall configuration
  • Access control and identity management
  • Secure network design principles

Wireless Networking:

  • WLAN (Wireless LAN) fundamentals
  • Wireless security (WPA/WPA2, 802.1X)
  • Mobility and roaming
  • Wireless LAN controllers and access points

Network Automation:

  • Automation tools and techniques (Python scripting, APIs)
  • Network programmability (SDN, DevOps principles)
  • Orchestration and configuration management tools

Cloud Integration:

  • Cloud computing fundamentals
  • Integrating on-premises networks with cloud services
  • Virtualisation technologies (VMware, Hyper-V)

Next steps

Course progression:

CompTIA Security+

Career progressions:

  • Network Engineer
  • Senior Network Administrator
  • Network Architect
  • Network Consultant
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Manager
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Wireless Network Engineer
  • Data Centre Engineer
  • Cloud Network Engineer
  • VoIP Engineer (Voice over IP)
  • Senior Network Operations Centre (NOC) Engineer
  • Senior Network Analyst
  • IT Manager
  • Senior Systems Administrator

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 05/02/2025
Type: Part Time
Length: 16 weeks
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Fees: £350.00

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.