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CCNP R/S SWITCH (300-115) Crash Course

Kevin Wallace

The Cisco Certified Network Professional in Routing and Switching (CCNP R/S) certification is one of the most popular certifications in the IT industry, indicating you have the ability to work with routers in medium-sized to enterprise networks. Attainment of this certification not only lets hiring managers know that you’re skilled working with Cisco routers and switches, but it also enhances and updates your current skill set.

The CCNP R/S certification requires you pass three exams: ROUTE (300-101), SWITCH (300-115), and TSHOOT (300-135). This course prepares you for the one of those three exams, SWITCH (300-115).

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Discuss exam topics and structure.
  • Explore Cisco Catalyst switch features.
  • Describe the theory and configuration of Virtual LANs (VLANs), trunking, and VLAN Trunk Protocol (VTP).
  • Explain the operation and variants of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
  • Configure EtherChannel connections.
  • Understand and configure First-Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRPs).
  • Secure Cisco Catalyst switches.
  • Learn strategies for exam preparation (including options to get your hands-on equipment and the psychology of taking an exam).

This training course is for you because...

  • This training prepares certification candidates for the Cisco CCNP R/S SWITCH (300-115) exam.
  • This training equips network professionals with the professional-level skills required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot medium-sized to large enterprise networks using Cisco Catalyst switches.


  • Prior to taking this course, a learner should have earned their CCNA R/S certification (or have equivalent experience).

Course Set-up:

  • Attendees are not required to setup any specific applications or equipment prior to the course.

Recommended Preparation:

  • Although not required, attendees will benefit by having access to their own Cisco switches. If physical switches are not available, attendees can use a network emulator such as Cisco VIRL (available at: http://kwtrain.com/virl ).

Recommended Follow-up:

  • This training covers the core topics in the CCNP R/S SWITCH curriculum. To round out the remaining topics in the curriculum, learners will be required to view assigned sections of the CCNP R/S SWITCH (300-115) Complete Video Course, available on Safari

About your instructor

  • Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 No. 7945 (Collaboration and Route/Switch), is a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI No. 20061), and he has earned multiple Cisco professional and associate-level certifications in the Route/Switch, Collaboration, Security, Design, and Data Center tracks. With Cisco experience dating back to 1989, Kevin has been a Network Design Specialist for the Walt Disney World Resort, an instructor of Cisco courses for Cisco Learning Partners (CLPs), and a Network Manager for Eastern Kentucky University. Currently, Kevin produces video courses and writes books for Cisco Press/Pearson IT Certification (http://kwtrain.com/books). Also, he owns and operates Kevin Wallace Training, LLC (http://kwtrain.com), a provider of self-paced training materials that simplify networking topics. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and he lives in central Kentucky with his wife (Vivian) and two daughters (Sabrina and Stacie).


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Segment 1: Exam Overview (15 Minutes)

  • Instructor will describe topics appearing on the CCNP R/S SWITCH (300-115) exam.

Segment 2: Cisco Catalyst Switch Features (90 Minutes)

  • Learners will be able to contrast Layer 2 switches with multilayer switches, discuss the MAC address table, and understanding the following features: SDM templates, CDP, LLDP, PoE, UDLD, SPAN, RSPAN.

Segment 3: VLANs and Trunking (90 Minutes)

Instructor will explain the theory and demonstrate the configuration of VLANs, trunking, VTP, and voice VLANs.

Segment 4: Spanning Tree Protocol (90 Minutes)

  • Instructor will discuss the operation of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and its variants.
  • Learners will discover how to configure PVST+, MSTP, Rapid PVST+, and a collection of STP optimization features.

Segment 5: EtherChannel (60 Minutes)

  • Instructor will discuss the theory and features EtherChannel connections.
  • Learners will discover how to configure and troubleshoot EtherChannel connections.

Segment 6: First-Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRPs) (90 Minutes)

  • Learners will learn the theory and configuration of three FHRPs: HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP.

Segment 7: Securing Cisco Catalyst Switches (90 Minutes)

Attendees will learn a collection of best practices for securing their Cisco Catalyst switches.

Segment 8: Final Preparation (15 Minutes)

  • Attendees will be equipped with study strategies and a collection of best practice recommendations for their exam day.