About Cisco and Its Certifications

Cisco Certifications.

Cisco certifications are the list of certifications offered by Cisco Systems. There are four or five levels of certification: Access (CCENT), Associated (CCNA / CCDA), Professional (CCNP / CCDP), Expert (CCIE / CCDE) and Newer Architect (CCAR: CCDE earlier) and nine Different Roads for the Specific Technology Routing and Switching, Design, Industrial Network, Network Security, Service Provider, Service Provider Operations, Storage Network, Voice, Data Center and Wireless.

There are also a number of specialized certifications, sales, companies, data centers, Cisco Academy Instructor (CCAI) Certified Instructors.

The steps for primary certification:

The table below shows the different paths and levels for Cisco certifications. [1] All certifications, in addition to CCAR, require that one or more theory sites be performed by Pearson VUE. CCIE certifications also require a practical exam that is administered in specialized laboratories around the world.

Certification Paths.

Architect Level

Routing and switching
Cloud Design
Cyber Security Operations
Industrial / IoT
Service provider


CCAr Architect (former CCDE)

CCIE Routing and Switching
CCIE cooperation 
CCIE Data Center 
CCIE Security
CCIE Service Provider
Wireless CCIE.


CCNP Routing and Switching

CCNP Cloud
CCNP cooperation 
CCNP Data Center 
CCNP Security
CCNP Service Provider
Wireless CCNP


CCNA Routing and Switching

CCNA Cloud
CCNA cooperation
CCNA CyberOps
CCNA Data Center
Industrial CCNA
CCNA Security
CCNA Service Provider
Wireless CCNA



Primary certifications

Cisco Certified Network Technician (CCENT)
Main article: Cisco Entry Certified Network Technician
Cisco Certified Entry Networking Network Technician represents the lowest level of certification that covers basic networking skills. Until its introduction, CCNA was the first level of the certification program. It has an appropriate use for a network support station at the entry level. CCENT-certified personnel can install, manage and troubleshoot a small business network, including basic network security. [2] The first step towards a CCNA certification must begin with a CCENT.

In 2017, Cisco introduced the new ICND1 and ICND2 exam (needed for new CCNA routing and switching). ICND1: 100-105 (Cisco Network Device Interconnect, Part 1 v3.0) has become the new exam required for CCENT. [3] With this change, CCENT has become an adequate prerequisite for CCNA Security, CCNA Voice and CCNA Wireless.

The degree plans are available here: https://learningcontent.cisco.com/cln_storage/text/cln/marketing/exam-topics/100-105-icnd1-v3.pdf

Valid for 3 years. 

Cisco Certified Technicians (CCT)
Cisco Certified Technicians have the ability to diagnose, restore, repair and replace critical Cisco network and system devices on customer websites. Techniques work close to the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) to quickly and effectively solve support incidents. [5]

As of November 2017, 2 domains were available for CCT certification:

CCT Routing and Switching — valid for 3 years. 
CCT Data Center — valid for 3 years .
Associated Certifications
CCNA Routing and Switching
Main article: CCNA
The CCNA Routing and Switching certification covers the skills required to manage devices on small and medium networks. [8] This certification requires ICND1 100-105 and ICND2 200-105 exams. Candidates can take the exam separately or take the CCNA 200-125 Composite Exam [9]. It is usually a prerequisite for more advanced certifications, such as CCNP exam and Cisco design certifications. CCNP, CCDA, CCDP, etc.

The Pearson VUE Test Center performs these exams. [10]

All CCNA-certified individuals specialize in technology. Previously, specialized leaders demanded that CCNA certification be successful and maintained, but by the end of the 640 series this is no longer the case. From autumn 2015, all CCNA certifications are no longer a prerequisite.

Valid for 3 years. 


Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) certified engineers can design local networks, broad networks, and broadband or routed networks. CCDA exam (200-310 Design) requires at least one CCENT, even if CCNA or CCIE is a prerequisite, as well as SWITCH knowledge about Cisco based LAN. [12]

Valid for 3 years. 

CCNA Cloud

In this time of the Internet of Everything (IoE), new, more valuable contacts are created every day around the world. IoE has a potential value of several billion dollars for companies and industries in the next decade. To take advantage of this opportunity, companies use public, private or hybrid cloud delivery models to deliver personal services, real-time access to information and instant messaging at any time, anywhere and anywhere. Which device Molnet is an important catalyst for IoE, which provides access to applications and services across the network from any device. [14]

Valid for 3 years. 

CCNA Collabration

Cisco Certified Collaboration Associate Certification is for Cisco Engineers Specializing in Cisco Unified Communications (UC) Products. Collaborators focus on distributing and supporting live voice, video and text communication solutions through IP networks.

Valid for 3 years.

CCNA CyberOps

Today's company faces the challenge of quickly detecting cyber security crimes and effectively responding to security events. The Security Operations Center team of people carefully monitors security systems and protects their businesses by detecting and responding to threats to cyber security.

CCNA Cyber ????? ? ? Ops certification prepares graduates to start their career by working with security analysts at the partner level of security operators.

Valid for 3 years. 

Industrial CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate Industrial (CCNA Industrial) certification is designed for template administrators, control system engineers and traditional network engineers in the manufacturing, process control and oil and gas industries that will participate in computer and industrial network convergence.

Valid for 3 years. 

CCNA Security Confirms Knowledge of Security Infrastructure, Network Threats and Vulnerabilities, and Threats to Threats. Required skills include installation, debugging, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, integrity and availability of data and devices. To obtain this certification, you must accept the IIS 210-260 (Cisco IOS Network Security Implementation) exam and keep an ongoing CCNA certification. CCNA-Security is a prerequisite for CCNP security certification. [19] It represents the test required for obtaining certification and continuing the security certification path leading to the CCNP. [20]

Note The CCNA Security Guide is compliant with CNSA 4011 Training Standards for NSA and CNSS. By being consistent, the CCNA Security program provides the training required for network security personnel that help private sector entities and US federal agencies. Information and assistance with the defense of the US IT infrastructure. Candidates who successfully completed the CCNA Security program will receive a recognition letter acknowledging that they have met the education requirements of CNSS 4011. 
Valid for 3 years.

CCNA Service Provider

The CCNA service provider's priorities confirm the ability to configure and implement next-generation Cisco service provider's backbone network. The required exam is 640-875 for Cisco Next Generation Cisco Service Provider Networks, Part 1 (SPNGN1), and 640-878 for Cisco Next Generation Cisco Service Provider Networks, Part 2 (SPNGN2). A standard CCNA certification is not a prerequisite. The "Create Next Generation Network of Cisco Service Providers" class is available in two parts.

The first part is a five day instructor-led course that provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to support a network of service providers. The course provides knowledge of the main components of the network and helps students understand how service provider networks work. The course introduces Next Generation IP Network Architecture (IP NGN). The course also includes remote laboratories for practical skills to distribute central Cisco IOS / IOS XE and Cisco IOS XR software features. The second part is a five-day instructor-led course that provides knowledge about networking and IP NGN architecture. The course contains additional remote laboratories. [23]

Valid for 3 years. [24]

Wireless CCNA

The CCNA Wireless certification includes wireless networks, including network administrators / administrators, wireless support specialists and WLAN project managers. The certificate confirms the configuration, deployment and support of wireless LAN. 200-355 WIF UND (Cisco Wireless Networking Essentials Implementation) is the necessary exam.

Valid for 3 years. 

Professional certifications

Main article: CCNP
Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifies the skills and skills required to install, configure and troubleshoot local and expanded converged networks with 100-500 or more endpoints. A valid CCNA certification is required for CCNP certification. [26] [27]

CCNP Routing and Switching

CCNP confirms the ability to plan, implement, verifies and troubleshoot local and expanded corporate networks and collaborate with specialists in advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. In addition to the CCNA degree, professionals must send three separate professional level exams. The certification path was changed in July 2010, with different migration routes available to those who had initiated, but failed, the CCNP certification process. In July 2014, Cisco released 2.0 of CCNP exams and training, "to reflect the adaptation to the emerging roles in the industry and the addition of new teaching materials."  January 29, 2015, was the last day to test the use of v1. .0 exams. As of January 30, 2015, only v2.0 exam is available. 

Compulsory exams (v1.0):

642-902 ROUTE: Implement Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) [29]
642-813 SWITCH: Cisco IP Switched Network (SWITCH) Implementation [30]
TSHOOT 642-832: Cisco IP Network (TSHOOT) Troubleshooting and Maintenance [31]
Compulsory exams (v2.0):

300-101 ROUTE: Implement Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) [32]
300-115 SWITCH: Implementation of Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) [33]
300-135 TSHOOT: Troubleshooting and Maintenance of Cisco IP Network (TSHOOT) [34]
With CCDP certification, a network professor can discuss, design and create advanced enterprise addressing and routing, security, network management, data center and IP multicast architectures that include private virtual and virtual network domains. An active certification of CCDA is a prerequisite for this certification.

Compulsory exams:

300-101 ROUTE: Implement Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) [29]
300-115 SWITCH: Implementation of Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) [30]
300-320 ARCH: Cisco Network Service Architecture Design [35]
Note that CCDP requires 300-101 ROUTE and 300-115 SWITCH. After passing CCNP and CCDA, the CCDP only needs 300 to 320 ARCH.

CCNP collabration

You must pass all four examinations: 300-070 CIPTV1 Implementation of Cisco IP telephony and video, Part 1 (CIPTV1)
300-075 CIPTV2 Implementation of Cisco IP Telephony and Video, Part 2 (CIPTV2)
300-080 CTCOLLAB Cisco Telephony and IP Video Troubleshooting (CTCOLLAB)
300-085 CAPPS Implement Cisco Collaboration Applications (CAPPS)

CCNP Data Center

The CCNP data center validates knowledge about design, installation and maintenance of data center equipment. [37]

Five compulsory exams: [38]

300-175 DCUCI Implementation of Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)
300-165 DCII Implementation of Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)
300-170 DCVAI Implement Cisco Virtualization and Data Center Automation (DCVAI)
300-160 DCID Design by Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

300-180 DCIT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)
CCNP Security
Formerly Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP).

The CCNP Security Certification Program [39] is the role of Cisco Network Security Engineer, which is responsible for the security of routers, switches, networks devices and devices, as well as the selection, deployment and deployment, support and troubleshooting of firewalls, VPNS. and IDS / IPS solutions for their network environments. CCNP security certification requires CCNA security or any CCIE certification.

CCNP Service Provider

The CCNP Service Provider certification replaced the replacement CCIP certification.

Compulsory exams:

642-883 SPROUT: Cisco Service Provider Network Routing Deployment
642-885 SPADVROUTE: Cisco Service Provider Advanced Routing Deployment
642-887 SPCORE: Implement Next Generation Basic Network Services from Cisco Service Provider
642-889 SPEED: Implementing Cisco Next Generation Edge Network Services

Wireless CCNP

CCNP Wireless covers all aspects of the principles and theories of wireless networks. This certification requires four tests, including wireless site investigation, wireless voice networking, wireless mobility services and wireless security. The prerequisite is a valid CCNA Wireless certification.

Compulsory exams:

642-732 CUWSS: Perform Cisco Wireless Site Monitoring (CUWSS)
642-742 IUWVN: Implement Cisco Unified Wireless Voice Networks (IUWVN)
642-747 IUWMS: Implementation of Cisco Unified Wireless Mobility Services (IUWMS)
642-737 IAUWS: Implement Cisco Unified Wireless Advanced Security (IAUWS)

Expert Level Certification
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert is Cisco's highest certification, which currently consists of seven wires. Tracks are regularly updated and removed, and adapted to the latest technologies and industry trends. As of October 6, 2010, 25,810 persons had an active CCIE certification [40] [41] [42]. CertMag, [43] has voted the most technologically advanced computer certification and the statistics generally describe it as the highest paid certification in computer payroll studies.

The CCIE began in 1993 [44], originally a two-day laboratory, which was later replaced by a daily format. Less than 3% of Cisco-certified individuals earn CCIE certification and spend an average of thousands of dollars and 18 months of study before they succeed. [45] Many candidates build training laboratories at home using their old equipment and then sell to other candidates after they have passed. Alternatively, candidates can rent "rack time" online. CCIE contains a written exam and a "lab" exam (in each track). The written exam is a prerequisite for the lab degree and costs $ 400 per try. The written exam contains 100 questions that must be completed within 2 hours. After an approved written exam, the candidate has 18 months to pass the laboratory examination. The candidate has three years after passing the written exam to pass the laboratory. The lab is an eight-hour practical exam designed to show that the candidate is familiar with the theory of network interconnection and demonstrates advanced mastery. Candidates who do not pass the CCIE laboratory within this range must return the written exam before attempting to try the CCIE again. Minimum waiting time between attempts is one month.

Starting July 2014, the CCIE lab costs $1600 per try and 10 Cisco websites offer it all over the world. Some of these sites do not offer all CCIE tracks. According to a Cisco survey, $9050 represents the average cost of preparation for CCIE certification beginning in April 2006, mainly spent on the purchase of training equipment and teaching materials. [46] There are currently no formal prerequisites for the CCIE written exam, but Cisco recommends at least 3 to 5 years of network experience. CCIE is available as the first Cisco Certified Certification and no other certification was previously available. Associated and Professional Certifications have acknowledged the fact that CCIE exaggerates many network employees. Cisco has chosen not to subordinate lower level certifications to CCIE certification.

One can have the knowledge of holding several CCIE certifications. As of September 9, 2008, 1,729 people had multiple CCIE certifications. Of these, 274 have at least three CCIE certifications. [47] Adam McCombs described this qualification as "mainly a doctorate on the Internet" in season 1, episode 10 by Shark Tank.
After passing the laboratory test, Cisco assigns a CCIE number to a new CCIE. The first assigned CCIE century (1993) started at 1,024 and then increased. From August 2011, the highest number of CCIE was over 30,000. The first number assigned to the first place of the CCIE laboratory, rather than an individual, was in the form of a plaque at the entrance. by the laboratory. The assigned number 1025 to Stuart Biggs, who created the first written exam and the first lab exam. The first person who passed both CCIE's written examinations and laboratory tests, known as Terry Slattery [48], was consulted at Cisco early in the development of the lab. Slattery organized the first CCIE that did not work for Cisco. [49] [50] Each CCIE retains its number regardless of the number of certifications it receives. Every two years, a CCIE must pass a written exam to maintain certification. If this is not done, the certificate is suspended. After one year without passing, the certificate will be revoked. We can be then find the certification only from the beginning. Re certification can take place up to 2 years before expiration date. After certification / re certification, a CCIE must wait 6 months before it is again certified.

CCIE laboratory examinations are only administered in special laboratories for laboratory centers around the world. However, all test tracks are not available in a laboratory. [51]

Cisco Certified Architect Certification (CCAR) assesses the experience and skills of network designers who can support the increasingly complex networks of global organizations and effectively translate business strategies into technical strategies. [52] [53]

Cisco Certified Architect certification is administered as a board review. Candidates propose and defend an architecture solution that meets a set of business needs. Candidates are invited to change their proposals "on the fly", according to the additional requirements that the jury presents. Prerequisites include a CCDE certification, approximately 10 years of industry experience and approval of the program through an application.

Responsibility for Cisco Certified Architect:

Creation and development of corporate architecture
Analyzing technology and industry market development
Establish guiding principles for corporate networks
Choice of technology and products
Identification of the organization's resource needs
Lead the development of communication and education plans for corporate network architecture
CCIE Routing and Switching
Routing and switching seems to be the most popular track with 35,272 globally certified from May 18, 2012. [54] Certification includes a series of network concepts and protocols.


CESF operates in line with the more established CCIE program and offers in some areas a higher skill than CCIE. Specifically, CESC identifies network professionals with specialized network design capabilities. The network design translates the company's needs into an end-to-end network design and an approach based on network expansion and integration solutions. [55] CCDE focuses on network architecture and does not cover implementation and operations. CCDE offers a supplier-independent curriculum that tests the company's analysis, design, planning and validation. [56] The course was created because employers needed a way to identify experienced network designers and architects who can handle all aspects of existing and new networking technologies and trends. [57] Although engineers (including many CCIEs) have met this role, certification has not developed in addition to CCDP certification. CESC numbering takes a different format than CCIE and is divided into one year and one number during that year. It uses the same CCIE tool to check qualified status. CCDE-certified individuals can use the CCIE Qualification Exam to certify and vice versa. CCDE provides basic principles and advanced network infrastructure principles for large networks. A CESF can demonstrate its ability to develop solutions that address planning, design, integration, optimization, operation, security and ongoing infrastructure-based support.

CCIE collabration

The voice track covers advanced topics in areas such as Service Quality, MGCP, Call Manager (Cisco VoIP PBX), Cisco Unity Connection (Cisco Voicemail Platform), Device Express, Unified Express Contact Center, Cisco Unified Presence Server, Cisco HWIC Server. 4ESW and 3750-24PS. As of September 9, 2008, only 802 CCIE Voice Certified Engineers held certificates. Most candidates succeed after three or four attempts in the laboratory, but some have required more than six. Many felt that the laboratory tests seemed as much a test of time management and planning as technical competence. The widely used platforms distinguish the voice lab test from other CCIE laboratory tests. You must perform configurations in the Windows 2003 Server environment, a Web CallManager GUI, and the IOS command line. As such, there are many adjustments between the many platforms.

In May 2013, Cisco announced that it would remove the CCIE Voice track and introduce the new CCIE Collaboration track, which included new topics like virtualization, Jabber instant messaging and video. After protesting against current and future proprietors of CCIE Voice, claiming that the differences were still insufficient to justify abandoning the track without the ability to switch to the new track, Cisco proposed a crossing road for voters existing. The cooperation Written exam may be available from 21 November 2013. The lab survey will be transferred from Voice to Collaboration on 14 February 2014.

CCIE Data Center

Cisco announced its availability in September of a CCIE Data Center Certification [58], which certifies the skill levels required to plan, prepare, power, monitor and troubleshoot complex data centers. The CCIE Data Center written exam will be available on September 3, 2012 [59]; The laboratory examination will be available in October [60].

CCIE Security

The security track covers advanced topics in areas such as ASA, FirePower, IOS Security, Wireless Security, Content Protection, Malware Protection, and more.

CCIE Service Provider

The Cisco CCIE Service Provider (CCIE) certification validates the expertise required by a network engineer to configure, create, troubleshoot and optimize an NGN complex and high-availability spatial infrastructure. Service Provider's IP. Candidates who prepare CCIE SP certification have in-depth knowledge of basic IP, aggregation / edge and remote access technology, stored 2 and 3 VPN, and managed services over an IP core network. 

Wireless CCIE

Candidates passing the CCIE Wireless certification degree show broad theoretical knowledge of wireless network and a solid understanding of Cisco WLAN technology (WLAN).

Specialist Certifications

In addition to the many certifications listed above, Cisco provides specialized certifications. [61]
Investigations for these certifications often focus on a specific technology and are generally intended for members of the Cisco Partner Program, including those who sell, design, or support Cisco products and services. By combining different exams, a Cisco partner can earn specialist status and benefit from additional benefits.

Specializations can be organized at the express, advanced and master level, reflecting the depth of partner skills in some technologies and architectures, and can be organized in a technology portfolio or architecture. The specializations are:

Business: Business Value Practitioner, Business Value Specialist in Enterprise Architecture, Business Architecture Practitioner
Enterprise Computer Specialist
Internet of things
operating System Software
Service provider
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