Service Provider Routing and Switching, Expert (JNCIE-SP)

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The Service Provider Routing and Switching track enables you to demonstrate a thorough understanding of networking technology in general and Juniper Networks service provider routing and switching platforms. JNCIE-SP is at the pinnacle of the Service Provider Routing and Switching certification track.

The JNCIE-SP lab exam is designed to validate your ability to implement, troubleshoot and maintain Juniper Networks service provider networks. The 6-hour format of this exam requires that you build a service provider network consisting of multiple vMX virtual routers. You will perform system configuration on all devices, implement various protocols, policies and VPNs, multicasts, and class of services.

This track contains four certifications:

  • JNCIA-Junos: Junos, Associate. For details, see JNCIA-Junos
  • JNCIS-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching, Specialist. For details, see JNCIS-SP.
  • JNCIP-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching, Professional. For details, see JNCIP-SP.
  • JNCIE-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching, Expert. For details, see the sections below.

Exam Preparation

We recommend the following resources to help you prepare for your exam. However, these resources aren't required, and using them doesn't guarantee you'll pass the exam.

Recommended Training

Exam Resources

Additional Preparation

Exam Objectives

Here’s a high-level view of the skillset required to successfully complete the JNCIE-SP certification exam.

Exam Objective


Device Infrastructure

System features

  • Syslog
  • User accounts
  • NTP, SNMP, and AAA


Secure control plane

  • Firewall filters


Automation scripts

  • Event options
  • Python on-box op, commit, event, and SNMP scripts


Interface configuration and troubleshooting


Configuration and troubleshooting

  • MTU issues
  • Authentication
  • Level/area mismatch
  • Address issues
  • Routing loop
  • IGP for IPv4 and IPv6 (OSPF and IS-IS)
  • Routing policy


Configuration and troubleshooting

  • Route reflection
  • Multi-homing
  • Confederations
  • BGP adjacency formation


BGP path selection

  • Load balancing
  • BGP attributes


Routing Policy

  • Regex
  • Route redistribution
  • BGP communities


Configuration and troubleshooting

  • Seamless MPLS
  • LDP tunneling
  • IPv6 tunneling
  • RSVP signaling
  • LDP signaling


Traffic engineering

  • Shared risk link group
  • RSVP bandwidth constraint configuration
  • TED
  • Administrative groups
  • ERO


High-availability techniques

  • FRR
  • Node and link protection
  • LDP protection
  • LFA


Layer 3 VPNs

  • Carrier-of-carrier VPNs
  • Interprovider VPN
  • PE-CE routing variations
  • IPv6
  • Route targets
  • Egress node protection
  • Internet access


Layer 2 VPNs

  • VPLS
  • L2circuit
  • EVPN
  • L2VPN


Configuration and troubleshooting

  • PIM-SM
  • Anycast RP/MSDP


Configuration and troubleshooting

  • Classification (MF, BA)
  • Scheduling
  • Queueing
  • Rewriting
  • CBF

Exam Details

Exam questions are derived from the recommended training and the exam resources listed above. The exam is only provided in English.

Exam Code


Prerequisite Certification

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Exam Length

6 hours

Exam Type

Hands-on lab exam

Software Versions

Junos OS 19.3


Juniper certifications are valid for three years. For more information, see Recertification.