The widely respected Cisco Career Certifications bring valuable, measurable rewards to network professionals, their managers, and the organizations that employ them. Cisco offers three levels of general certification: Associate, to Professional, to Expert (representing the highest level of achievement). Each is available in various paths (or tracks) such as Routing and Switching, Network Security, and Service Provider. A variety of Cisco Qualified Specialist certifications are available as well to show knowledge in specific technologies, solutions or job roles.
For over ten years, CCIE certification has identified internetworking professionals with the highest level of expertise, those capable of tackling the most challenging assignments in their field. CCIE certification is attained in technical specialties referred to as tracks.
Interested in CCIE certification? You should know that:
- CCIE is the most respected high-level certification, recognized
worldwide as the "doctorate" of networking.
- Certified CCIEs are a highly-select group. Less than 3% of Cisco
certified professionals become CCIEs.
- Passing the exams is not easy. Hands-on experience is the best
Exams are the core of the CCIE program
Training is not the CCIE program objective. Rather, the focus is on identifying
those experts capable of understanding and navigating the subtleties,
intricacies and potential pitfalls inherent to end-to-end networking. To become
certified as a CCIE you must pass BOTH a written qualification exam AND the
corresponding hands-on lab exam in one of the CCIE tracks.
Written Exams are two-hour, multiple choice, computer-based
exams available at authorized testing centers worldwide.
Lab exams are eight-hour, hands on exams that test the ability
to configure and troubleshoot equipment and are offered at selected Cisco
locations. Check Scheduling links below for more information.
The CCDP certification indicates advanced or journeyman knowledge of network design. With a CCDP, a network professional can design routed and switched networks involving LAN, WAN, and dial access services, applying modular design practices and making sure the whole solution responds optimally to the business and technical needs and is designed to be highly available.
CCDP Prerequisites: Valid CCNA and CCDA
The CCIP (Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional) provides individuals working in service provider organizations with competencies in infrastructure IP networking solutions. CCIP professionals have detailed understanding of networking technologies in the service provider arena including IP routing, IP QoS, BGP, and
CCIP Prerequisites: Valid CCNA required.
The CCNP certification (Cisco Certified Network Professional) indicates advanced or journeyman knowledge of networks. With a CCNP, a network professional can install, configure, and troubleshoot local and wide area networks for enterprise organizations with networks from 100 to more than 500 nodes. The content emphasizes topics such as security, converged networks, quality of service (QoS), virtual private networks (VPN) and broadband technologies.
Cisco Certified Security Professional. The CCSP certification (Cisco Certified Security Professional) indicates advanced knowledge of securing Cisco networks. With a CCSP, a network professional can secure and manage network infrastructures to protect productivity and reduce costs. The content emphasizes topics such as perimeter security, virtual private networks, intrusion protection as well as how to combine these technologies in a single, integrated network security solution.
The CCDA certification (Cisco Certified Design Associate) indicates a foundation or apprentice knowledge of network design for the Cisco Internetwork Infrastructure. CCDA certified professionals can design routed and switched network infrastructures involving LAN, WAN, and dial access services for businesses and organizations.
The CCNA certification (Cisco Certified Network Associate) indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of networking. CCNA certified professionals can install, configure, and operate LAN, WAN, and dial access services for small networks (100 nodes or fewer), including but not limited to use of these protocols: IP, IGRP, Serial, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLANs, RIP, Ethernet, Access Lists.
Cisco Qualified Specialist certifications
Cisco Qualified Specialist certifications demonstrate significant competency
in specific technology areas, solutions, and job roles. Individuals who have
earned an associate level career certification or higher are eligible to become
qualified in these focused areas. With one or more specialist certifications,
network professionals can better align their core expertise with current
In contrast to general certifications, Cisco Qualified Specialist
certifications have no levels (such as associate or professional). Each
designation is customized to meet specific market needs.
Many of the Cisco Qualified Specialist certifications are required of
individuals seeking to meet the role requirements of a Cisco Partner
Specialization. (The "Cisco Partner Specialization Program" is
specifically for Cisco Partners and Resellers who seek to become specialized
for Partner benefits, enabling them to earn points toward partner certification
under the Cisco Channel Partner Program.)
Access Routing and LAN Switching Certifications
- Cisco Access Routing and LAN Switching Sales Specialist
- Cisco Access Routing and LAN Switching Specialist
Cable Communications Certifications
- Cisco Cable Communications Sales Specialist
- Cisco Cable Communications Specialist 1
Content Networking Certifications
- Cisco Content Networking Specialist
- Cisco Content Networking Sales Specialist
IP Telephony Certifications
- Cisco IP Telephony Design Specialist
- Cisco IP Telephony Express Specialist
- Cisco IP Telephony Operations Specialist
- Cisco IP Telephony Support Specialist
- Cisco Unified Communications Design Specialist
Network Management Certifications
- Cisco Network Management Sales Specialist
- Cisco Network Management Specialist
Public Access Certifications
- Cisco Public Access Design Specialist
- Cisco Public Access Support Specialist
Storage Networking Certifications
- Cisco Storage Networking Design Specialist
- Cisco Storage Networking Support Specialist
- Cisco Storage Networking Sales Specialist
VPN and Security Certifications
- Cisco Firewall Specialist
- Cisco IDS Specialist
- Cisco VPN Specialist
- Cisco VPN/Security Sales Specialist
Wireless LAN Certifications
- Cisco Wireless LAN Design Specialist
- Cisco Wireless LAN Sales Specialist
- Cisco Wireless LAN Support Specialist