Alcatel-Lucent Network Routing Specialist II – NRS II

by Mirek Burnejko

NRS IIThe Alcatel-Lucent Network Routing Specialist II – NRS II certification was created to prove theoretical and practical knowledge about working with Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Routers (SR) and Alcatel-Lucent 7450 Ethernet Service Switches (ESS).

It’s an amazing IT certification for all people who develop their career with Alcatel-Lucent products and work with triple play networks or enterprise solutions.

It is a unique certification, because you must pass 4 test exams (1 for NRS I) and one lab exam.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become a Alcatel-Lucent Network Routing Specialist II

You must pass following exams to become a NRS II:

  • Alcatel-Lucent Interior Routing Protocols and High Availability – 4A0-101
  • Alcatel-Lucent Multiprotocol Label Switching – 4A0-103
  • Alcatel-Lucent Services Architecture – 4A0-104
  • Alcatel-Lucent NRS II Lab Exam – NRSII4A0

You must also pass the Alcatel-Lucent Scalable IP Networks – 4A0-100 – It’s an exam required for the NRS I certification.

If you have Cisco or Juniper certifications you can avoid some of these exams. For example with CCIE RS or JNCIE-SP you need to pass only the 4A0-104 and NRSII4A0 exams.

Format of the Exam

4A0-101, 4A0-103 and 4A0-104 are standard tests.
NRSII4A0 is a lab exam. You have 3,5 hours to design, implement and troubleshoot a network on Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Routers (SR) and Alcatel-Lucent 7450 Ethernet Service Switches (ESS). The passing score is 80%. More information in this document.

Where You Can Pass the Alcatel-Lucent Network Routing Specialist II Exam

Any of the 4A0-101, 4A0-103 and 4A0-104 exams you can pass in the nearest Prometric center.
The NRSII4A0 exam you can pass in an Alcatel-Lucent office.

How Much Does the NRS II Certification Cost

4A0-101, 4A0-103 and 4A0-104 – cost $125 each.
NRSII4A0 costs $1100.

How To Renew your NRS II Certification

The certification is valid for 3 years. To renew the NRS II certification you must pass one more time the 4A0-104 in Prometric.

Scope of the NRS II Exam

  • 4A0-101
  • IP Routing Review and IPv6 Fundamentals
  • Static and Default Routes
  • Dynamic Routing Protocols
  • Open Shortest Path First – OSPF
  • OSPFv3
  • Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System
  • Route Redistribution, ECMP, and BDF
  • 4A0-103
  • MPLS Introduction
  • MPLS Fundamentals
  • Label Distribution Protocol
  • RSVP
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Resiliency
  • 4A0-104
  • Services Overview and Implementation
  • Virtual Private Wire Service
  • Virtual Private LAN Service
  • Operations, Administration, and Maintenance
  • Internet Enhanced Service
  • Service Mirroring
  • Virtual Private Routed Network Service
  • NRSII4A0 – Lab
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Routing Protocols
  • MPLS
  • Service Architecture
  • L2/L3 Services
  • more information in this official document

How To Prepare to the Exam

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Questions and Answers

Q: How can I test my skills before the exam?
A: Alcatel-Lucent has in their offer a pre-assessment test for testing your NRS skills.

Q: Where can I follow progress with AL certifications?
A: Use this portal.