The gaps between the CCNP and the CCIE

Moving from the CCNP world to the CCIE world seems like a massive jump. Just look at the book list for instance. But how huge is the jump between the CCNP and the CCIE, really?

Looking at the topics shared between the different levels (and due to space constraints I have had to shorten the topic titles as much as possible) we can see that a number of topics, as expected are already well covered, and there are a few that will be completely new.
The items that aren’t covered are in green, and where a topic is covered the corresponding exam is in brackets (R for Route, S for Switch and T for TShoot.

CCIE Topic CCNP
1.10 Spanning Tree Yes (S+T)
1.20 VLANs & VTP Yes (S+T)
1.30 Trunking & EtherChannel & Load Balancing Yes (S+T)
1.40 Implement Ethernet technologies Yes (S)
1.50 SPAN, RSPAN & Flow Control Yes (T)
1.60 Implement Frame Relay Yes (R)
1.70 HDLC and PPP Yes (R)
2.10 IPv4 addressing, subnetting, and VLSM Yes (R)
2.20 IPv4 tunneling and GRE Yes (R+T)
2.30 IPv4 RIPv2 Yes (R)
2.40 OSPF Yes (R+T)
2.50 EIGRP Yes (R+T)
2.60 BGP Yes (R+T)
2.70 Implement policy routing Yes (R)
2.80 PfR and OER No
2.90 filtering, route redistribution… Yes (R+T)
3.10 IPv6 addressing Yes (R+T)
3.20 IPv6 neighbor discovery Yes (R)
3.30 IPv6 functionality protocols Yes (R)
3.40 tunneling techniques Yes (R)
3.50 OSPFv3 Yes (R+T)
3.60 EIGRPv6 Yes (R)
3.70 filtering and route redistribution Yes (R)
4.10 MPLS No
4.20 VPNs PE, P, and CE routers No
4.30 VRF and VRF-Lite No
5.10 PIM No
5.20 MSDP No
5.30 interdomain multicast routing No
5.40 Auto-RP, RP, and BSR No
5.50 multicast tools No
5.60 IPv6 multicast, PIM, and MLD No
6.01 access lists Yes (S)
6.02 Zone Based Firewall Yes (T)
6.03 uRPF Yes (T)
6.04 IP Source Guard Yes (S)
6.05 AAA Yes (S+T)
6.06 CoPP Yes (T)
6.07 Cisco IOS Firewall Yes (T)
6.08 IPS Yes (T)
6.09 SSH Yes (T)
6.10 802.1x Yes (S)
6.11 NAT Yes (R+T)
6.12 routing protocol authentication Yes (R)
6.13 device access control Yes (S)
6.14 security features Yes (R+S)
7.10 HSRP Yes (S+T)
7.20 GLBP Yes (S+T)
7.30 VRRP Yes (S+T)
7.40 NTP Yes (T)
7.50 DHCP Yes (R+T)
7.60 WCCP No
8.10 MQC Yes (T)
8.20 Layer 2 QoS, WRR, SRR, and policies No
8.30 LFI for Frame Relay No
8.40 generic traffic shaping No
8.50 RSVP Yes (S)
8.60 Cisco AutoQoS Yes (S)
9.10 Troubleshoot L2 Yes
9.20 Troubleshoot L3 Yes
9.30 Troubleshoot a network in response to application problems Yes (T)
9.40 Troubleshoot network services Yes (T)
9.50 Troubleshoot network security Yes (T)
10.01 syslog and local logging No
10.02 IP SLA Yes (R+T)
10.03 NetFlow Yes (T)
10.04 SPAN, RSPAN, and RITE No
10.05 SNMP Yes (S+T)
10.06 EEM Yes (T)
10.07 RMON No
10.08 FTP No 
10.09 TFTP No
10.10 TFTP server on router No
10.11 SCP No
10.12 HTTP and HTTPS Yes (S)
10.13 Telnet Yes (S)
11.01 Evaluate
11.02 Determine
11.03 Suggest

So for someone who has already passed the CCNP then the parts to concentrate on are really just MPLS and a few extra bits!

OK, maybe it’s not that easy – clearly, the depth of knowledge needed when going from CCNP to CCIE is much greater. But thankfully with a CCNP under your belt, then you are already a good way there. So I would still advise picking up the books from the book list and reading them thoroughly. But looking through it, it certainly doesn’t seem too scary a jump!