About 300-510 Exam
The Cisco 300-510 is a professional level exam that tests a candidate’s proficiency at utilizing service provider advanced routing technologies. These technologies include, routing protocols, segment routing, MPLS, and policy language. The exam is aimed at IT service provider professionals who deliver scalable carrier-grade infrastructures which are capable of rapid augmentation to support the continuous introduction of managed services and other requirements made by the customer.
The Associated Certification
The Implementing Cisco Service Provider Advanced Routing Solutions (SPRI) or simply 300-510 exam is associated with two certifications: CCNP Service Provider and the Cisco Certified Specialist-Service Provider Advanced Routing Implementation. To gain the first certification, candidates are required to pass two exams: one core and one of three concentration exams offered by the vendor. The core exam for this certification is the 350-501 SPCOR and 300-510 is one of the concentration exams. The other two concentration exams for the CCNP Service Provider certificate are 300-515 SPVI and 300-535 SPAUTO.
The second associate certificate that you can gain after passing 300-510 exam is the Cisco Certified Specialist - Service Provider Advanced Routing Implementation. Cisco awards this specialist certification as recognition for accomplishments to encourage candidates.
The certifications are only valid for three years, after which, candidates will have to go through the recertification process. It includes candidates taking some exams, using Cisco’s continuing education route, or going through a combination of both options.
Aimed Audience Profile
The ideal candidates for this exam are IT service provider professionals who want to climb the corporate ladder by certifying their skills in implementing service provider’s advanced routing and core technologies. Professions included are network administrators, project managers, system engineers and network designers.
There are no requirements for candidates looking to take the Cisco 300-510 exam. If you have the knowledge required to take the exam, go for it. If not, you can take the official Implementing Cisco Service Provider Advanced Routing Solutions (SPRI) v1.0 course or join the official CCIE Prep program. Although there are no requirements, the typical candidates of the SPRI 300-510 exam usually have three to five years of experience in executing solutions for service providers.
General Exam Format
The 300-510 is a multiple-choice 90-minute exam offered in English Language only. In line with Covid-19 directives and supported recommendations, 300-510 SPRI can be taken online in the comfort of your office or home. It costs $300 to register. To schedule your exam, simply log into your account at Pearson VUE, go to the proctored exams section, search for the exam code, and register for the exam that you can expect to take your professional career to the next level.
Exam Domains’ Details
These domains are general guidelines for the topics that may arise in the exam. Other topics related to 300-510 SPRI may come out in the exam as well. Also, the content of these domains may change from time to time and without notice, so it’s beneficial to check the Cisco exam website intermittently for a clearer picture of what’s required of you.
1. Unicast Routing
Unicast routing section will cover your proficiency in forwarding or sending unicasted traffic to a single destination on a network. This topic covers 35% of the exam, making it the domain with the highest exam coverage in 300-510. This section will challenge test takers on their knowledge about intermediate system to intermediate system (IS-IS or ISIS) routing, Open Shortest Path First (OSFP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) scalability, IPv6 mechanisms for tunneling, and fast convergence implementation. To truly tackle these topics, test takers must know about route reflectors, dampening, advertisement and confederations, multihoming, dynamic neighbors, IPv6 provider edge, and bidirectional forwarding detection.
2. Multicast Routing
Multicast Routing is the direct opposite of unicast routing. It has to do with sending multicast traffic to more than one destination on a network. It covers 15% of the exam questions and is the domain with the lowest exam coverage. This section tests your knowledge in the differentiation of multicast concepts, troubleshooting of multicast routing and the implementation of PIM-SM operations. The specific skills under this domain are the implementation of SSM, bidirectional protocol-independent multicast (BIDM PIM) and multicast source delivery protocol (MSDP) operations, and troubleshooting in the single domain and multi-domain. Other subjects of concern in this domain are multicast Internet protocol address to MAC address mapping, and source specific multicast (SSM) versus any-source multicast (ASM).
3. Routing Manipulation and Policy
In this part, candidates will be tested on their knowledge of routing policy rules and how they are manipulated. You will need to learn about route maps, routing policy’s language, conditional matching, and troubleshooting route manipulations for IGP’s and BGP’s. Additionally, you must deepen your knowledge in policy sets, operations, tags, route types, prefix lists and sets, regular expressions, and route steering and filtering. Other topics under this domain are parameterized and hierarchical structures, BGP communities and attributes, OSPF, semantics of policy statements and applications, and IS-IS routing protocol. Routing manipulation and policy cover 25% of the 300-510 SPRI exam questions.
4. MPLS and Segment Routing
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a type of technology for data forwarding that is used to control the flow and increase the speed of network traffic. Segment routing optimizes, simplifies, and improves the scalability of MPLS. To excel in this part of the test, candidates will demonstrate their knowledge in MPLS troubleshooting, segment routing implementation, traffic engineering, and v6 (SRv6). Explicitly, these domains will cover skills such as the operations of control and data planes, calculation of PCE-based path, automated coloring and steering, migration procedures and unified BGP. The questions included in this section make up 25% of the exam.
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Being CCNP Service Provider Certified you can opt for the CCIE Service Provider certification. Though the CCNP certificate is not a requirement for this option, you can apply for this designation after taking the core exam (350-501) on the professional level. After that you can take the Lab exam (CCIE Service Provider v5.0) and be the certified expert in working with the complex service provider solutions. And with an expert-level certification from Cisco, you are setting yourself up for rapid career advancement.