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Cisco Certified Architect


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


This prestigious credential recognizes the architectural expertise of network designers who can support the increasingly complex networks of global organizations and effectively translate business strategies into evolutionary technical strategies.

Cisco Certified Architect Syllabus


Valid CCDE certification

There are no formal training programs available for the Cisco Certified Architect certification. However, candidates wishing to attain their Cisco Certified Architect certification must meet before an in-person board made of Cisco-appointed exam committee members during which the candidate defends their proposed network solution.

Responsibilities of the Cisco Certified Architect

  • Lead creation and evolution of architecture
  • Analyze technology and industry market trends
  • Establish governing principles for networks
  • Selection of technology and products
  • Identification of organization resource needs
  • Lead the development of communication and education plan for network architecture

Candidates wishing to apply to become a Cisco Certified Architect must also hold a valid Cisco Certified Design (CCDE) certification, validating their expert level design and business level skill set.

Defining the Cisco Certified Architect

A Cisco Certified Architect gathers the business requirements and objectives necessary to produce a blueprint for an integrated, large-scale, complex, global network. They can translate business parameters and objectives into functional requirements for a network design. In addition, Cisco Certified Architects can clearly communicate and advocate proposed Cisco network architectures.

For more information, access the Cisco Certified Architect home page off the Cisco Learning Network.

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