300-401-ENCOR

Beginning Feb. 24 2020, the CCNP exam requirements have changed:

Required exam Recommeded training
Core exam:
300-401 ENCOR Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR)
Concentration exams (choose one):
300-410 ENARSI Implementing Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services (ENARSI)
300-415 ENSDWI Implementing Cisco SD-WAN Solutions (ENSDWI)
300-420 ENSLD Designing Cisco Enterprise Networks (ENSLD)
300-425 ENWLSD Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (ENWLSD)
300-430 ENWLSI Implementing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (ENWLSI)
300-435 ENAUTO Automating and Programming Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUTO)

Note that the Core Technologies, coupled with a concentration component nets you full CCNP.  CCNA is no longer a prerequisite.

The 300-401 CORE EXAM also serves as entrance to the CCIE Lab sit, in other words, this is the new CCIE Written.

Below is the blueprint for 300-401:

300-401-ENCOR
1 Architecture
1.1 Explain the different design principles used in an enterprise network
1.1.a Enterprise network design such as Tier 2, Tier 3, and Fabric Capacity planning
1.1.b High availability techniques such as redundancy, FHRP, and SSO
1.2 Analyze design principles of a WLAN deployment
1.2.a Wireless deployment models (centralized, distributed, controller-less, controller
based, cloud, remote branch)
1.2.b Location services in a WLAN design
1.3 Differentiate between on-premises and cloud infrastructure deployments
1.4 Explain the working principles of the Cisco SD-WAN solution
1.4.a SD-WAN control and data planes elements
1.4.b Traditional WAN and SD-WAN solutions
1.5 Explain the working principles of the Cisco SD-Access solution
1.5.a SD-Access control and data planes elements
1.5.b Traditional campus interoperating with SD-Access
1.6 Describe concepts of wired and wireless QoS
1.6.a QoS components
1.6.b QoS policy
1.7 Differentiate hardware and software switching mechanisms
1.7.a Process and CEF
1.7.b MAC address table and TCAM
1.7.c FIB vs. RIB
2 Virtualization
2.1 Describe device virtualization technologies
2.1.a Hypervisor type 1 and 2
2.1.b Virtual machine
2.1.c Virtual switching
2.2 Configure and verify data path virtualization technologies
2.2.a VRF
2.2.b GRE and IPsec tunneling
2.3 Describe network virtualization concepts
2.3.a LISP
2.3.b VXLAN
3 Infrastructure
3.1 Layer 2
3.1.a Troubleshoot static and dynamic 802.1q trunking protocols
3.1.b Troubleshoot static and dynamic EtherChannels
3.1.c Configure and verify common Spanning Tree Protocols (RSTP and MST)
3.2 Layer 3
3.2.a Compare routing concepts of EIGRP and OSPF (advanced distance vector vs.
linked state, load balancing, path selection, path operations, metrics)
3.2.b Configure and verify simple OSPF environments, including multiple normal
areas, summarization, and filtering (neighbor adjacency, point-to-point and
broadcast network types, and passive interface)
3.2.c Configure and verify eBGP between directly connected neighbors (best path
selection algorithm and neighbor relationships)
3.3 Wireless
3.3.a Describe Layer 1 concepts, such as RF power, RSSI, SNR, interference noise,
band and channels, and wireless client devices capabilities
3.3.b Describe AP modes and antenna types
3.3.c Describe access point discovery and join process (discovery algorithms, WLC
selection process)
3.3.d Describe the main principles and use cases for Layer 2 and Layer 3 roaming
3.3.e Troubleshoot WLAN configuration and wireless client connectivity issues
3.4 IP Services
3.4.a Describe Network Time Protocol (NTP)
3.4.b Configure and verify NAT/PAT
3.4.c Configure first hop redundancy protocols, such as HSRP and VRRP
3.4.d Describe multicast protocols, such as PIM and IGMP v2/v3
4 Network Assurance
4.1 Diagnose network problems using tools such as debugs, conditional debugs, trace route,
ping, SNMP, and syslog
4.2 Configure and verify device monitoring using syslog for remote logging
4.3 Configure and verify NetFlow and Flexible NetFlow
4.4 Configure and verify SPAN/RSPAN/ERSPAN
4.5 Configure and verify IPSLA
4.6 Describe Cisco DNA Center workflows to apply network configuration, monitoring, and
management
4.7 Configure and verify NETCONF and RESTCONF
5 Security
5.1 Configure and verify device access control
5.1.a Lines and password protection
5.1.b Authentication and authorization using AAA
5.2 Configure and verify infrastructure security features
5.2.a ACLs
5.2.b CoPP
5.3 Describe REST API security
5.4 Configure and verify wireless security features
5.4.a EAP
5.4.b WebAuth
5.4.c PSK
5.5 Describe the components of network security design
5.5.a Threat defense
5.5.b Endpoint security
5.5.c Next-generation firewall
5.5.d TrustSec, MACsec
5.5.e Network access control with 802.1X, MAB, and WebAuth
6 Automation
6.1 Interpret basic Python components and scripts
6.2 Construct valid JSON encoded file
6.3 Describe the high-level principles and benefits of a data modeling language, such as
YANG
6.4 Describe APIs for Cisco DNA Center and vManage
6.5 Interpret REST API response codes and results in payload using Cisco DNA Center and
RESTCONF
6.6 Construct EEM applet to automate configuration, troubleshooting, or data collection
6.7 Compare agent vs. agentless orchestration tools, such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, and
SaltStack