Today, Cisco announced a big change in the Certifications path.
The CCNP has been entirely revised. There are now 3 exams;
Route - Replaces the BSCI
Switch - Replaces BCMSN
TShoot - Brings back troubleshooting into the game.
All exams would be 120mins long and cost $200
While the BSCI and BCMSN exams are stil a valid for 3 years, the ISCW and ONT are only valid (count towards the completion of your CCNP) till end of July.
The Tshoot exam would a hands-on exam - barely 10% theory.
The exam focuses more on Routing and Switching and is a lot deeper. IPV6 also has its fair share on the exam.
Finally, My favorite Authors get to write the Cisco Press Cert guide: Wendell Odom, David Hucaby and Kevin Wallace
The SP Operations track focuses on IP Carrier Ethernet NGN Networks. The SP Operations is a full track with Associate, Professional and Expert level Exams. Yes, anothe CCIE. Oh Damn Cisco! More info on the Cisco Learning Network.
Right now, It's tiime to focus on getting the CCIE Security before I am old enough to rent a car.
Study hard, Learn stuff and most importantly, have fun!