Yes, the JNCIS-SP is usually worth it for networking professionals who specifically work on service provider networks. The JNCIS-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching Specialist isn’t worth it for all networking professionals because it focuses so much on routing protocols and configurations that are specific to service provider networks like protocol-independent routing, OSPF and IS-IS. So if that sort of detailed knowledge would help you in your job, then the JNCIS-SP is definitely worth it.
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Juniper JNCIS-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching Specialist (JN0-363) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
The JNCIS-SP exam, JN0-363, costs $300, but earning the actual certification will cost at least $500. The JNCIS-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching Specialist has a prerequisite: the JNCIA-Junos, and that costs $200. You may also want to pay for a course to help you prepare before both of those, so the total cost of earning the JNCIS-SP is at least $500 before training.
Yes, the JNCIS-SP is difficult for many people. The JNCIS-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching Specialist is hard because it focuses so much on specific configurations of protocols that don’t get used in many other places than service provider networks. So if you’ve never worked with STP, RSTP, MPLS, or IP tunnelling, you might find the JNCIS-SP exam difficult if you don’t prepare ahead of time.
Yes, the JNCIS-SP expires after three years. Unfortunately, not only does the JNCIS-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching Specialist only remain valid for three years, but if it expires, you can’t use it as a prerequisite for earning the next level of certifications. On the other hand, if you earn the next level of certifications (JNCIP) before your three years are up, your JNCIS-SP automatically renews.
You should study for the JNCIS-SP by focusing on the real-world skills you’ll be tested on, not just the facts and data. The key to studying for the JNCIS-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching Specialist is with a course that has virtual labs, practice environments, or some other way for you to get first-hand experience with what you’re learning. If you want to pass the JNCIS-SP exam, you have to be able to do what you’re studying.