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CCNP Data Center

CCNP Data Center Overview

Learn more about the benefits and requirements associated with achieving a CCNP Data Center certification. (7:27 min)

For business services and technology architects, and presales, design, and implementation engineers who want to save time and money on their data center design, installation, and maintenance, the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center) certification is a job-role-focused training and certification program that allows you to maximize your investment in your education and increase the value of your data center network.

Unlike other data center education and certification opportunities, our data center professional-level certification programs allow you to choose a concentration for your data center education according to your job role or function. Because of our experience with our existing certification and education programs and leadership in the data center equipment market, Cisco can provide a comprehensive program to address the key areas of data center network implementation and maintenance.


Valid Cisco CCNA Data Center certification or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training

642-999 DCUCI

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)

642-997 DCUFI

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI)


642-998 DCUCD

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD)

642-996 DCUFD

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD)

642-035 DCUCT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCT)
642-980 DCUFT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT)
NOTE: Other data center certification exams can be applied towards the CCNP Data Center certification. Please visit the exam combination tool for more details.

CCNP Data Center Recertification

Cisco Professional-level certifications (CCNP, CCNP Wireless, CCDP, CCSP, CCNP Security, CCNP Voice, CCIP, CCNP Service Provider, CCNP Service Provider Operations, and CCNP Data Center) are valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

When using a higher level of certification to extend other certifications, the expiration date of other certifications will extend to the expiration date of the higher certification (i.e.: If you have one year left on your CCNA certification and you earn a CCIE certification (which has a two-year certification life) then both your CCIE certification and your CCNA certification will expire two years from the date you achieved the CCIE certification). For more information, access the How to Recertify page.

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