Cisco Certified Network Professional Routing & Switching or shortly we call CCNP R&S is a great achievement as a network professional. CCNP R&S is a preparation of CCIE R&S.
Earlier in CCNP version 5 there were 4 examinations but today in the version 6 you will get just only 3 exams. Cisco has focus more on to routing and switching functions rather than go beyond.Now they have re-brand all the other ‘Professional’ level exams like CCNP R&S, CCNP Security, CCNP Voice, CCNP Wireless and etc.
There are 3 different areas Cisco is going to touch in CCNP R&S.
Cisco Certified Network Professional – Route (300-101) 200 USDs
Cisco Certified Network Professional – Switch (300-115) 200 USDs
Cisco Certified Network Professional – Tshoot (300-135) 200 USDs
To become a CCNP in any stream, as a prerequisite you have to accomplished relevant associate level certification. For CCNP R&S, you have to have CCNA R&S.