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Cisco Certifications

Cisco offer five levels of network certification: Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert and Architect, the highest level of accreditation within the Cisco Career Certification program.

Entry Associate Professional Expert Architect

Starting point for individuals interested in starting a career as a networking professional.

Master the essentials needed to launch a rewarding career and expand your job possibilities with the latest technologies.Select a core technology track and a focused concentration exam to customize your professional-level certification.

This certification is accepted worldwide as the most prestigious certification in the technology industry.

The highest level of accreditation achievable and recognizes the architectural expertise of network designers.

CCTDevNet AssociateDevNet ProfessionalCCDECCAr
 CCNACCNP EnterpriseCCIE Enterprise Infrastructure 
CCIE Enterprise Wireless
 CyberOps AssociateCyberOps Professional  
  CCNP CollaborationCCIE Collaboration 
  CCNP Data CenterCCIE Data Center 
  CCNP SecurityCCIE Security 
  CCNP Service ProviderCCIE Service Provider 

CISCO Certifications – Career Path

Entry Level

Cisco Certified Technician (CCT)

Cisco Certified Technicians have the skills to diagnose, restore, repair, and replace critical Cisco networking and system devices at customer sites. Technicians work closely with the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) to quickly and efficiently resolve support incidents.

Cisco authorized training is available online and can be completed in multiple short sessions, enabling technicians to stay productive in the field. Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) certification is available in multiple technology tracks, providing an opportunity for Cisco support technicians to expand their area of expertise.

Collaboration100-890 CLTECHSupporting Cisco Collaboration System Devices (CLTECH) v1.0
Data Center010-151 DCTECHSupporting Cisco Data Center System Devices (DCTECH) v3.0
Routing and Switching100-490 RSTECHSupporting Cisco Routing and Switching Network Devices v3.0

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites to earn these certifications, but you should have an understanding of the exam topics before taking any of the exams.

Recertification
CCT certifications are valid for three years.

Associate Level

CCNA Certification and Training

Achieving CCNA certification is the first step in preparing for a career in IT technologies. To earn CCNA certification, you pass one exam that covers a broad range of fundamentals for IT careers, based on the latest networking technologies, software development skills, and job roles. CCNA gives you the foundation you need to take your career in any direction.

The CCNA certification validates your skills and knowledge in network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals, and automation and programmability.

CCNA Certification and Training200-301 CCNAImplementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCNA certification, but you should have an understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.

CCNA candidates often also have:

  • One or more years of experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions
  • Knowledge of basic IP addressing
  • A good understanding of network fundamentals

Professional Level

CCNP Enterprise Certification and Training

Prove your skills with Enterprise networking solutions

Achieving CCNP Enterprise certification proves your skills with enterprise networking solutions. To earn CCNP Enterprise certification, you pass two exams: one that covers core enterprise technologies and one enterprise concentration exam of your choice, so you can customize your certification to your technical area of focus.

To earn CCNP Enterprise, you pass two exams: a core exam and an enterprise concentration exam of your choice. And every exam in the CCNP Enterprise program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

  • The core exam focuses on your knowledge of enterprise infrastructure including dual-stack (IPv4 and IPv6) architecture, virtualization, infrastructure, network assurance, security, and automation. The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Enterprise Infrastructureand CCIE Enterprise Wireless Passing the core exam will qualify candidates to schedule and take the CCIE lab within the validity of their core exam.
  • Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics such as network design, SD-WAN, wireless, and automation. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking corresponding Cisco training courses.

Learn more about our CCNP certifications:

CCNP Enterprise

To earn CCNP Enterprise, you pass two exams: a core exam and an enterprise concentration exam of your choice. And every exam in the CCNP Enterprise program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

  • The core exam focuses on your knowledge of enterprise infrastructure including dual-stack (IPv4 and IPv6) architecture, virtualization, infrastructure, network assurance, security, and automation. The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Enterprise Infrastructureand CCIE Enterprise Wireless Passing the core exam will qualify candidates to schedule and take the CCIE lab within the validity of their core exam.
  • Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics such as network design, SD-WAN, wireless, and automation. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking corresponding Cisco training courses.
Required exam Recommended training
Core exam:
350-401 ENCORImplementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR)
Concentration exams (choose one):
300-410 ENARSIImplementing Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services (ENARSI)
300-415 ENSDWIImplementing Cisco SD-WAN Solutions (SDWAN300)
300-420 ENSLDDesigning Cisco Enterprise Networks (ENSLD)
300-425 ENWLSDDesigning Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (ENWLSD)
300-430 ENWLSIImplementing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (ENWLSI)
300-435 ENAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUI)

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Enterprise, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing enterprise networking solutions.

Recertification
CCNP Enterprise certification is valid for three years.

CCNP Data Center

To earn CCNP Data Center, you pass two exams: a core exam and a data center concentration exam of your choice. And now every exam in the CCNP Data Center program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

  • The core exam focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure. The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Data Center certification. Passing the core exam will qualify candidates to schedule and take the CCIE labwithin the validity of their core exam.
  • Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking their corresponding Cisco training courses.
Required examRecommended training
Core exam:
350-601 DCCORImplementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
Concentration exams (choose one):
300-610 DCIDDesigning Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)
300-615 DCITTroubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)
300-620 DCACIImplementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)
300-625 DCSANConfiguring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS)
300-635 DCAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI)

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Data Center, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing data center solutions.

Recertification
CCNP Data Center certification is valid for three years.

CCNP Security

To earn CCNP Security, you pass two exams: a core exam and a security concentration exam of your choice. And now every exam in the CCNP Security program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

  • The core exam focuses on your knowledge of security infrastructure. The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Security certification. Passing the core exam will qualify candidates to schedule and take the CCIE labwithin the validity of their core exam.
  • Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking their corresponding Cisco training courses.
Required examRecommended training
Core exam:
350-701 SCORImplementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (SCOR)
Concentration exams (choose one):
300-710 SNCFSecuring Networks with Cisco Firepower Next Generation Firewall (SSNGFW)
Securing Networks with Cisco Firepower Next-Generation IPS (SSFIPS)
300-715 SISEImplementing and Configuring Cisco Identity Services Engine (SISE)
300-720 SESASecuring Email with Cisco Email Security Appliance (SESA)
300-725 SWSASecuring the Web with Cisco Web Security Appliance (SWSA)
300-730 SVPNImplementing Secure Solutions with Virtual Private Networks (SVPN)
300-735 SAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Security Solutions (SAUI)

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Security, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing security solutions.

Recertification
CCNP Security certification is valid for three years.

CCNP Service Provider

To earn CCNP Service Provider, you pass two exams: a core exam and a service provider concentration exam of your choice. And now every exam in the CCNP Service Provider program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

  • The core exam focuses on your knowledge of service provider infrastructure. The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Service Provider certification. Passing the core exam will qualify candidates to schedule and take the CCIE labwithin the validity of their core exam.
  • Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics such as advanced routing, VPN services, and automation. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking their corresponding Cisco training courses.
Required examRecommended training
Core exam:
350-501 SPCORImplementing and Operating Cisco Service Provider Network Core Technologies (SPCOR)
Concentration exams (choose one):
300-510 SPRIImplementing Cisco Service Provider Advanced Routing Solutions (SPRI)
300-515 SPVIImplementing Cisco Service Provider VPN Services (SPVI)
300-535 SPAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUI)

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Service Provider, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing service provider solutions.

Recertification
CCNP Service Provider certification is valid for three years.

CCNP Collaboration

To earn CCNP Collaboration, you pass two exams: a core exam and a collaboration concentration exam of your choice. And now every exam in the CCNP Collaboration program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

  • The core exam focuses on your knowledge of collaboration infrastructure. The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Collaboration certification. Passing the core exam will qualify candidates to schedule and take the CCIE labwithin the validity of their core exam.
  • Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking their corresponding Cisco training courses.
Required examRecommended training
Core exam:
350-801 CLCORImplementing and Operating Cisco Collaboration Core Technologies (CLCOR)
Concentration exams (choose one):
300-810 CLICAImplementing Cisco Collaboration Applications (CLICA)
300-815 CLACCMImplementing Cisco Advanced Call Control and Mobility Services (CLACCM)
300-820 CLCEIImplementing Cisco Collaboration Cloud and Edge Solutions (CLCEI)
300-825 CLCNFImplementing Cisco Collaboration Conferencing (CLCNF)
300-835 CLAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Collaboration Solutions (CLAUI)

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Collaboration, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing collaboration solutions.

Recertification
CCNP Collaboration certification is valid for three years.

Cisco Certified CyberOps Professional

Traditional information security is no match for the expanding cybercrime ecosystem; therefore, security measures must evolve to intelligent security rather than information security. Achieving the Cisco Certified CyberOps Professional certification elevates your skills to meet that demand and confirms your abilities as an Information Security analyst in incident response roles, cloud security, and other active defense security roles.

To earn Cisco Certified CyberOps Professional certification, you pass two exams: one that covers core technologies and one concentration exam. And every exam in the program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

The core exam focuses on your knowledge of core cybersecurity operations including cybersecurity fundamentals, techniques, processes, and automation.

The concentration exam focuses on incident response and digital forensics. Incident response is the process of detecting, responding to, and eradicating cyber-attacks. Digital forensics is the collection and examination of digital evidence residing on electronic devices and the subsequent response to threats and attacks.

Required examRecommended training
Core exam:
350-201 CBRCORPerforming CyberOps Using Cisco Security Technologies (CBRCOR)
Concentration exams (choose one):
300-215 CBRFIRConducting Forensic Analysis and Incident Response Using Cisco Technologies for CyberOps (CBRFIR)

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for Cisco Certified CyberOps Professional, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. Candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing enterprise networking solutions.

Recertification
Cisco Certified CyberOps Professional certification is valid for three years.

Cisco Certified DevNet Professional

Achieving Cisco Certified DevNet Professional certification proves your skills in developing and maintaining applications built on Cisco platforms. To earn DevNet Professional certification, you pass two exams: one that covers core software development and design for Cisco platforms, and one software developer concentration exam of your choice, so you can customize your certification to your area of focus.

To earn DevNet Professional, you pass two exams, a core exam and a software developer concentration exam of your choice. And now every exam in the DevNet Professional program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

  • The core examfocuses on your knowledge of software development and design including using APIs, Cisco platforms, application deployment and security, and infrastructure and automation. The core exam earns a specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.
  • Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics such as enterprise automation, collaboration automation, data center automation, service provider automation, security automation, DevOps automation, IoT, and Cloud.
Required examRecommended training
Core exam:
350-901 DEVCORDeveloping Applications Using Cisco Core Platforms and APIs (DEVCOR)
Concentration exams (choose one):
300-435 ENAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUI)
300-835 CLAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Collaboration Solutions (CLAUI)
300-635 DCAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI)
300-535 SPAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUI)
300-735 SAUTOImplementing Automation for Cisco Security Solutions (SAUI)
300-910 DEVOPSImplementing DevOps Solutions and Practices using Cisco Platforms (DEVOPS)
300-915 DEVIOTDeveloping Solutions using Cisco IoT and Edge Platforms (DEVIOT)
300-920 DEVWBXDeveloping Applications for Cisco Webex and Webex Devices (DEVWBX)

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for DevNet Professional certification, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. Ideally, DevNet Professional candidates also have three to five years of experience with software development including Python programming.

Recertification
DevNet Professional certification is valid for three years.

Expert Level

We designed our expert certifications to validate your end-to-end IT lifecycle skills from planning and design to operating and optimizing. Among the industry’s most widely recognized and respected certifications, Cisco expert certifications tell the world in no uncertain terms that you know what you’re talking about.

CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure

Achieving CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure certification proves your skills with complex enterprise infrastructure solutions. To earn CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core enterprise infrastructure technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers enterprise networks through the entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam

Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR 350-401)

The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of enterprise networking infrastructure.

The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

Recommended training:
Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR)

Step 2: Pass the lab exam

CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure v1.0

This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex enterprise networks, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure, but you should have a thorough understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing enterprise networking technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.

Recertification
CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure certification is valid for three years.

CCIE Enterprise Wireless

Achieving CCIE Enterprise Wireless certification proves your skills with complex enterprise wireless solutions. To earn CCIE Enterprise Wireless certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core enterprise technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers enterprise wireless networks through entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam

Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR 350-401)

The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of enterprise networking technologies.

The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

Recommended training:
Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR)

Step 2: Pass the lab exam

CCIE Enterprise Wireless v1.0

This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex enterprise wireless networks, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Enterprise Wireless, but you should have a thorough understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing enterprise wireless technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam

Recertification
CCIE Enterprise Wireless certification is valid for three years.

CCIE Data Center

Achieving CCIE Data Center certification proves your skills with complex data center solutions. To earn CCIE Data Center certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core data center technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers data center networks through the entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam

Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR 350-601)

The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure.

The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

Recommended training:
Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)

Step 2: Pass the lab exam

CCIE Data Center v3.0

This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex data center networks, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Data Center, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing data center technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.

Recertification
CCIE Data Center certification is valid for three years.

CCIE Security

Achieving CCIE Security certification proves your skills with complex security solutions. To earn CCIE Security certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core security technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers security technologies and solutions through the entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam

Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (SCOR 350-701)

The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure.

The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

Recommended training:
Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (SCOR)

Step 2: Pass the lab exam

CCIE Security v6.0

This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex security solutions and technologies, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Security, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing security technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.

Recertification
CCIE Security certification is valid for three years.

CCIE Service Provider

Achieving CCIE Security certification proves your skills with complex security solutions. To earn CCIE Security certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core security technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers security technologies and solutions through the entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam

Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (SCOR 350-701)

The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure.

The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

Recommended training:
Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies (SCOR)

Step 2: Pass the lab exam

CCIE Security v6.0

This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex security solutions and technologies, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Security, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing security technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.

Recertification
CCIE Security certification is valid for three years.

CCIE Collaboration

Achieving CCIE Collaboration certification proves your skills with complex collaboration solutions. To earn CCIE Collaboration certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core collaboration technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers enterprise collaboration solutions through the entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam

Implementing and Operating Cisco Collaboration Core Technologies (CLCOR 350-801)

The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Collaboration Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of collaboration infrastructure.

The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

Recommended training:
Implementing and Operating Cisco Collaboration Core Technologies (CLCOR)

Step 2: Pass the lab exam

CCIE Collaboration v3.0

This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex collaboration infrastructure, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Collaboration, but you should have a thorough understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam. CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing collaboration technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.

Recertification
CCIE Collaboration certification is valid for three years.

Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)

The Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) is for expert-level network design engineers, expert-level network leads of IT infrastructure teams, and expert-level network leads of architecture teams working in job roles that require them to translate business needs, budget, and operational constraints into the design of a converged solution. The CCDE curriculum prepares designers to develop design solutions at the infrastructure level for large customer networks. Network engineers holding an active CCDE certification are recognized for their expert-level knowledge and skills in network infrastructure design. The deep technical networking knowledge that a CCDE brings ensures that they are well qualified to address the most technically challenging network infrastructure design assignments.

Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam – CCDE written exam (CCDE 352-001)

Last date to test: November 1, 2021

The 2-hour, written qualification exam covers network design in the areas of routing, tunneling, Quality of Service (QoS), management, cost, capacity, and security. You must pass the written exam before you are eligible to schedule the CCDE practical exam.

352-001 CCDE exam topics

Step 2: Pass the lab exam –CCDE practical exam v2.0

Last date to test: October 26, 2021

The 8-hour practical exam tests your ability to perform design analysis, justify design requirements, and develop a design implementation based on best practices. Only candidates that have a passing score on the CCDE Written Exam may register for the CCDE Practical Exam.

Prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for CCDE. No specific training or other professional certifications are required.

Recertification
Your CCDE certification is valid for three years.

On November 2, 2021, Cisco will release v3.0 of the CCDE certification. With this update, CCDE practical exams will be administered at Cisco testing centers.

CCDE Certification Program

Your license to design

Version 3.0 exams go live on November 2, 2021

The CCDE certification program prepares you for expert-level job roles in network architecture and designs. These roles often include integrating many different networking elements into a sustainable, manageable, and scalable architecture that supports the ever-growing needs of enterprises and customers. As one of the industry’s most respected certifications, the CCDE certification distinguishes you as a leader in designing complex network solutions.

Introducing the updated CCDE

Achieving the updated CCDE certification proves your skills designing and architecting complex Enterprise network solutions. To earn your CCDE, you pass two exams: first, a qualifying exam that covers core technologies and competencies required by every network designer, then an 8-hour practical exam that covers designing and architecting Enterprise networking solutions by analyzing business requirements and technical requirements and making design decisions based on many factors such as resiliency or cost.

  • First, take the qualifying exam, CCDE Written (400-007), which focuses on your understanding and skills within the realms of network design, technologies, translation of business and technical requirements into functional specifications, and business strategies.
    • The qualifying exam earns a Specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.
  • Second, take the 8-hour, practical exam, CCDE Practical exam v3.0. This exam covers network design and architecture from both a business and technical perspective through highly involved scenarios, that aims to mimic real-life. In the v3.0 exam, you choose an area of expertise from a list of focus areas which are available on the CCDE Practical exam page.

New exams go live on November 2, 2021:

Step 1: Take the qualifying exam, CCDE Written exam (CCDE 400-007)

Step 2: Take the practical exam, CCDE Practical exam

Migrating to the new program

On November 2, 2021, the new CCDE v3.0 certification will replace the current CCDE v2.0.

If you have started working toward the current CCDE certification, keep going. In the new program, you’ll receive credit for work you’ve completed in the current certification.

  • If you pass the current CCDE Written v2.1 exam before November 2, 2021, you will be eligible to take the new CCDE Practical v3.0 exam after November 2, 2021.
  • After November 2, 2021, the CCDE Written v2.1 exam (352-001) will be replaced with CCDE Written v3.0 exam (400-007). After you pass the CCDE Written exam, you will earn the Cisco Certified Specialist – Design Core badge.
  • If you are CCDE certified by November 2, 2021, then as of November 2, 2021, you’ll maintain your CCDE certification as per the new recertification guidelines, and you will also receive the Cisco Certified Specialist – Design Core badge.

Architect Certification

Cisco Certified Architect is the highest level of accreditation achievable within the Cisco Certification program. It is the pinnacle for individuals wishing to show formal validation of their knowledge of Cisco technologies and infrastructure architecture.

Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr)

CCAr is the highest level of accreditation achievable within the Cisco certification program.

The Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) certification is for senior network infrastructure architects who produce technical specifications for the network to support business objectives. The curriculum focuses on understanding the business strategy and translating it into technical infrastructure requirements.

Prerequisites
Valid Cisco CCDE certification can act as a prerequisite, along with a thorough understanding of networking infrastructure principles. There are no formal training programs available for the CCAr certification. However, candidates wishing to attain their CCAr certification must meet before an in-person board made of Cisco-appointed exam committee members, during which the candidate defends their proposed network solution.

Cisco Learning Network resources

To earn this Cisco certification, you must complete the following:

CCAr Board Exam

The CCAr Board Exam requires qualified candidates to develop and defend a network architecture that can effectively support a given set of realistic business requirements. Candidates first submit an application summarizing their project experience and other qualifications and are interviewed by the Cisco-designated Architecture Board team members. Candidates shall not submit project experience related to any classified projects. Submission of classified project information will be cause for immediate disqualification. Once approved, candidates will be given an architecture challenge and will meet live with Board members to answer questions and defend their design.

Recertification

Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) certifications are valid for five years. CCAr will remain certified as long as they continue to contribute to maintaining the Cisco Certified Architect Certification program. Current recertification policies require Cisco Certified Architects to complete qualifying events within the 24 months preceding the expiration deadline.

Qualifying events include:

  • Contribution to the development lifecycle
    • Significant participation in the creation of new exam content or
    • Significant review/refinement of existing content or
    • Involvement in future direction of the program
  • Participation as a judge in a candidate evaluation
  • Application review/interview for TWO (2) candidates (in the case where the candidate’s application IS NOT approved to progress to the board review) or
  • Application review/interview and in-person board review for ONE (1) candidate (in the case where the candidate’s application IS approved to progress to the board review)

A valid CCAr will automatically recertify all other Cisco Certifications. When using a higher level of certification to extend other certifications, the expiration date of other certifications will extend to the expiration date of the higher certification (i.e.: If you have one year left on your CCNA certification and you earn a CCIE certification (which has a two-year certification life) then both your CCIE certification and your CCNA certification will expire two years from the date you achieved the CCIE certification).

 

Technical Specialist certifications

Collaboration

Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise Specialist

Enterprise-level contact centers utilizing the Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise (CCE) solution require highly skilled support engineers to design, deploy, configure, and troubleshoot for maximum performance and minimal downtime.

The Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise Specialist certification ensures that you have the expertise needed to enable optimal solution performance.

NOTE: The 600-455 UCCED and 600-460 UCCEIS exams have been renumbered to 500-440 UCCED and 500-450 UCCEIS, respectively. This is an exam number change only. The exam names and exam blueprints are not affected by this change.

Required ExamRecommended Training
500-440 UCCEDDeploying Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise (DUCCE)
500-450 UCCEISAdministering Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise, Part 1 (AUCCE1)
Administering Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise, Part 2 (AUCCE2)

Prerequisites
No prerequisites

Recertification
The Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise Specialist certification is valid for two years.

Data Center

Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Design Specialist

The Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Design Specialist is for storage and data management professionals including systems engineers, field engineers, professional services consultants, and channel partners who are focused on FlexPod solution enablement.

This FlexPod certification is the first jointly-developed, global, multi-vendor technical certification that delivers in-depth knowledge of the tools and standards to assess performance characteristics and requirements of the FlexPod integrated solution.

Required ExamRecommended Training
500-173 FPDESIGNDesigning the FlexPod Solution v2.0 (FPDESIGN)

Prerequisites
No prerequisites

Recertification
Cisco Specialist certifications are valid for three years.

Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Implementation and Administration Specialist

The Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Implementation and Administration Specialist is for storage and data management professionals including systems engineers, field engineers, professional services consultants, and channel partners who are focused on FlexPod solution enablement.

This FlexPod certification is the first jointly-developed, global, multi-vendor technical certification that delivers in-depth knowledge of the tools and standards to assess performance characteristics and requirements of the FlexPod integrated solution.

Required ExamRecommended Training
500-174 FPIMPADMImplementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution v2.0 (FPIMPADM)

Prerequisites
No prerequisites

Recertification
Cisco Specialist certifications are valid for three years.

Cisco Meraki Solutions

Cisco Meraki Solutions Specialist

The Cisco Meraki Solutions Specialist certification validates your ability to design, implement, and operate Meraki technologies.

Cisco Meraki is your complete IT solution, so go ahead and earn the complete Meraki certification. Then link your digital certification badge to your social media profiles to tell the world what you’ve achieved.

Required ExamRecommended Training
500-220 ECMSEngineering Cisco Meraki Solutions Part 1 (ECMS1)
Engineering Cisco Meraki Solutions Part 2 (ECMS2)

Recertification
Cisco Specialist certifications are valid for three years.

Retired Exams

ExamCertificationsTrainingRetired On
100-105 ICND1Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)February 24, 2020
200-310 DESGNCCDADesigning for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN)February 24, 2020
210-060 CICDCCNA CollaborationImplementing Cisco Collaboration Devices (CICD)February 24, 2020
210-065 CIVNDImplementing Cisco Video Network Devices, Part 1 (CIVND1)
Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices, Part 2 (CIVND2)
February 24, 2020
210-451 CLDFNDCCNA CloudUnderstanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND)February 24, 2020
210-455 CLDADMIntroducing Cisco Cloud Administration (CLDADM)February 24, 2020
200-150 DCICNCCNA Data CenterIntroducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)February 24, 2020
200-155 DCICTIntroducing Cisco Data Center Networking Technologies (DCICT)February 24, 2020
200-601 IMINS2CCNA IndustrialManaging Industrial Networking for Manufacturing with Cisco Technologies (IMINS2)February 24, 2020
200-125 CCNACCNA Routing and SwitchingInterconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX)February 24, 2020
100-105 ICND1
And
200-105 ICND2
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
AND
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)
February 24, 2020
210-260 IINSCCNA SecurityImplementing Cisco Network Security (IINS)February 24, 2020
640-875 SPNGN1CCNA Service ProviderBuilding Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 1 (SPNG1)February 24, 2020
640-878 SPNGN2Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 2 (SPNGN2)February 24, 2020
200-355 WIFUNDCCNA WirelessImplementing Cisco Wireless Network Fundamentals (WIFUND)February 24, 2020
300-101 ROUTECisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)February 24, 2020
300-115 SWITCHImplementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)February 24, 2020
300-320 ARCHDesigning Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH)February 24, 2020
300-460 CLDINFCCNP CloudImplementing and Troubleshooting the Cisco Cloud Infrastructure (CLDINF)February 24, 2020
300-465 CLDDESDesigning the Cisco Cloud (CLDDES)February 24, 2020
300-470 CLDAUTAutomating the Cisco Enterprise Cloud (CLDAUT)February 24, 2020
300-475 CLDACIBuilding the Cisco Cloud with Application Centric Infrastructure (CLDACI)February 24, 2020
300-070 CIPTV1CCNP CollaborationImplementing Cisco IP Telephony and Video, Part 1 (CIPTV1)February 24, 2020
Implementing Cisco IP Telephony and Video, Part 2 (CIPTV2)February 24, 2020
Troubleshooting Cisco IP Telephony and Video (CTCOLLAB)February 24, 2020
Implementing Cisco Collaboration Applications (CAPPS)February 24, 2020
300-175 DCUCICCNP Data CenterImplementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)February 24, 2020
300-165 DCIIImplementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)February 24, 2020
300-170 DCVAIImplementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)February 24, 2020
300-160 DCID
OR
300-180 DCIT
Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)
OR
Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)
February 24, 2020
300-101 ROUTECCNP Routing and SwitchingImplementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)February 24, 2020
300-115 SWITCHImplementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)February 24, 2020
300-135 TSHOOTTroubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT)February 24, 2020
300-208 SISASCCNP SecurityImplementing Cisco Secure Access Solutions (SISAS)February 24, 2020
300-206 SENSSImplementing Cisco Edge Network Security Solutions (SENSS)February 24, 2020
300-209 SIMOSImplementing Cisco Secure Mobility Solutions (SIMOS)February 24, 2020
300-210 SITCSImplementing Cisco Threat Control Solutions (SITCS)February 24, 2020
642-883 SPROUTECCNP Service ProviderDeploying Cisco Service Provider Network Routing (SPROUTE)February 24, 2020
642-885 SPADVROUTEDeploying Cisco Service Provider Advanced Routing (SPADVROUTE)February 24, 2020
642-887 SPCOREImplementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Core Network Services (SPCORE)February 24, 2020
642-889 SPEDGEImplementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Edge Network Services (SPEDGE)February 24, 2020
300-360 WIDESIGNCCNP WirelessDesigning Cisco Wireless Enterprise Networks (WIDESIGN)February 24, 2020
300-365 WIDEPLOYDeploying Cisco Wireless Enterprise Networks (WIDEPLOY)February 24, 2020
300-370 WITSHOOTTroubleshooting Cisco Wireless Enterprise Networks (WITSHOOT)February 24, 2020
300-375 WISECURESecuring Cisco Wireless Enterprise Networks (WISECURE)February 24, 2020
400-051CCIE CollaborationStep One: CCIE Collaboration written examFebruary 24, 2020
Step two: CCIE Collaboration lab examApril 26, 2020
400-151CCIE Data CenterStep One: CCIE Data Center written examFebruary 24, 2020
Step two: CCIE Data Center lab examApril 26, 2020
400-101CCIE Routing and Switching certificationStep one: CCIE Routing and Switching written examFebruary 24, 2020
Step two: CCIE Routing and Switching lab examApril 26, 2020
400-251CCIE Security certificationStep one: CCIE Security written examFebruary 24, 2020
Step two: CCIE Security lab examApril 26, 2020
400-201CCIE Service Provider certificationStep One: CCIE Service Provider Written ExamFebruary 24, 2020
Step Two: CCIE Service Provider Lab ExamApril 26, 2020
400-351CCIE Wireless certificationStep one: CCIE Wireless written examFebruary 24, 2020
Step two: CCIE Wireless lab examApril 26, 2020

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