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Partner Specializations reflect the depth of your skills across certain technologies and architectures. Show your customers that you have expertise in Cisco technologies, architectures, and solutions. Our three levels of (Express, Advanced, and Master) represent increasing capabilities in sales, technical, and lifecycle services.

Express Specializations

Express-levels are for partners who want to become more proficient in foundation networking, collaboration, video, and security technologies.

Advanced Specializations

Advanced-levels help partners meet the needs of a wide range of customers, from small businesses to large enterprises.

Technology Specializations

Architecture Specializations

Gold Certification requires four advanced architecture specializations:

  • Advanced Enterprise Networks Architecture Specialization (Required)
  • Advanced Security Architecture Specialization (Required)
  • Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization
  • Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization or
  • Advanced SP Architecture Specialization

Architecture Specializations can also be applied toward Premier Certification.


The exclusive group of Cisco Master Specialized Partners has the most in-depth technology skills and demonstrated success in supporting high-risk and complex business and technology projects. Masters can be achieved regardless of certification level. Join this elite group to become an expert in collaboration, security, data center, and cloud technologies. Stand apart from the competition and give your customers an extra measure of confidence.

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Retired Specializations