Cisco® Certifications

The Cisco certification program is one of the most respected IT certification programs. Cisco offers three levels of certification, with six different paths covering such topics as network design, routing & switching, and voice technology. For more information about Cisco career certifications, visit Cisco.com .

Certification PyramidCertification PathsAssociateProfessionalExpert
Routing & SwitchingCCENT/CCNACCNPCCIE Routing & Switching
DesignCCDACCDPCCDE
Network SecurityCCNACCSPCCIE Security
Service ProviderCCNACCIPCCIE Service Provider
Storage NetworkingCCNA CCIE Storage Networking
VoiceCCNACCVPCCIE Voice

About CCNA and CCENT

The CCNA® (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCENT™ (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certifications represent the first step for networkers and indicate a foundation in networking. CCNA certification validates the knowledge and skills required to install, operate and troubleshoot a small to medium-sized routed and switched network, including the ability to implement and troubleshoot protocols to manage addressing and authentication, as well as establish and troubleshoot connections to service providers over a WAN.

CCENT validates the knowledge and skills needed to configure and verify small routed and switched networks, including the ability to configure IP addressing, implement basic security measures, and understand the concepts of wireless networking. CCENT presents a new point of entry to those just beginning to build a career in networking. As an optional stepping stone to CCNA, CCENT validates the skills required to successfully install and verify basic networks—a requirement for most entry-level network support positions.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for CCNA or CCENT certification.

Exams: CCENT learning path: 640-822 ICND1 / CCNA learning path: CCNA 640-802 composite exam or 640-822 ICND1 and 640-816 ICND2

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About CCDA

CCDA® (Cisco Certified Design Associate) certification indicates a foundation or apprentice knowledge of network design for the Cisco Internetwork Infrastructure. The new exam focuses on converged network topics, such as wireless, voice, and security. It is not only a prerequisite for the CCDP® certification, but for some Cisco Qualified Specialist focused certifications as well.

Prerequisites: CCNA level knowledge
Exam: 640-863 DESGN

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About CCNP

CCNP® (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certification indicates advanced knowledge of networks. It is the second stage of the Network Installation and Support track, and it teaches the installation, configuration, and operation of LAN, WAN, and dial access services for medium-to-large networks with multiple protocols. The content emphasizes topics such as security, converged networks, quality of service (QoS), virtual private networks (VPN) and broadband technologies.

Prerequisites: CCNA certification
New Exams Announced Jan. 25, 2010: 642-902 ROUTE, 642-813 SWITCH, 642-832 TSHOOT
Old Exams Available Through July 31, 2010: BSCI 642-901, BCMSN 642-812, ISCW 642-825, ONT 642-845.

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About CCDP

CCDP® (Cisco Certified Design Professional) certification indicates advanced knowledge of the design of routed and switched networks involving LAN, WAN, and dial access for larger networks. It is the second stage of the Network Engineering and Design track, and teaches network design, configuration, and installation.

Prerequisites: CCNA and CCDA certifications
Exams: There are three required exams for CCDP certification, which may be taken in any order: 642-901 BSCI, 642-812 BCMSN, 642-873 ARCH.

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About CCIP

The CCIP™ (Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional) certification provides individuals with competencies in infrastructure or access solutions in a Cisco end-to-end environment. CCIP professionals have a detailed understanding of the diverse technologies in the telecommunications arena including IP routing, IP multicast, cable, DSL, content networking, IP telephony, QoS, MPLS, and IP+optical networking.

Prerequisites: CCNA certification
Exams: There are four required exams for CCIP certification: 642-901 BSCI, 642-642 QOS, 642-611 MPLS, 642-661 BGP

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About CCSP

CCSP™ (Cisco Certified Security Professional) certification is designed for IT professionals responsible for delivering self-defending networks that are integrated, collaborative, and adaptive. A CCSP validates that 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 prevention, as well as how to combine these technologies in a single, integrated network security solution. Learn more about CCSP certification from Cisco Systems.

Prerequisites: CCNA certification
Required Exams: 642-504 SNRS, 642-524 SNAF, 642-533 IPS / Elective Exams: 642-591 CANAC, 642-545 MARS OR 642-515 SNAA

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About CCVP

CCVP™ (Cisco Certified Voice Professional) certification recognizes the increased importance placed on IT professionals who are responsible for integrating voice technology into underlying network architectures. Earning a CCVP certification validates a robust set of skills in implementing, operating, configuring, and troubleshooting a converged IP network.

Prerequisites: CCNA certification
Required Exams: 642-642 QOS, 642-426 TUC, 642-436 CVOICE / Unified CallManager track: 642-444 CIPT 4.1, 642-453 GWGK / Unified Communications Manager track: 642-446 CIPT 1, 642-456 CIPT 2

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About CCDE

CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert) assesses advanced Network Infrastructure Design Principles and Fundamentals for large networks. A CCDE can demonstrate an ability to develop solutions which address planning, design, integration, optimization, operations, security and ongoing support focused at the infrastructure level for customer networks.

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for CCDE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required.

Exams: It is expected that the candidate will have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints, a minimum of seven years job experience, and a thorough understanding of networking infrastructure principles. You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam (352-001 ADVDESIGN), which covers advanced networking infrastructure design principles and concepts. Once you pass the qualification exam, you are them eligible to schedule the practical exam.

About CCIE

CCIE® (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is the premier certification for networking professionals, and certifies an individual's networking skills at the expert level. Candidates who pass both of the required exams, one written and one in a hands-on lab environment, receive a CCIE certificate from Cisco Systems.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for CCIE certification, but at least three years of practical experience implementing, deploying, operating, and troubleshooting complex Cisco networks is recommended. You will also need a familiarity with Cisco hardware and Cisco networking solutions, extensive knowledge of LAN and WAN technologies, and an in-depth understanding of the protocols used on routers, switches, bridges, and security devices.

Exams: To achieve CCIE certification, you must first pass a written qualification exam. After you pass the written exam, you qualify to schedule and take the corresponding, one-day lab exam on-site at a Cisco CCIE lab. The hands-on lab exam emphasizes Cisco equipment command knowledge and network troubleshooting skills.

Written Exams
CCIE Routing and Switching track: 350-001 Routing and Switching
CCIE Security track: 350-018 Security
CCIE Service Provider track: 351-029 Comprehensive Exam
CCIE Storage Networking track: 350-040 Storage Networking
CCIE Voice track: 350-030 Voice
CCIE Wireless track: 350-050 Wireless

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