Training & Events

About Recertification

Recertification is an important indicator to IT professionals and their employers, ensuring that the certification holder has kept up with current trends in networking technology. Valid certifications may be renewed indefinitely, but without timely renewal, certifications expire or become inactive. To keep certifications current, individuals should recertify by advancing to the next level of certification or passing the designated recertification exam(s).

Recertification Renewal Timeframes

  • Entry-level, Associate-level, and Professional-level certifications are valid for three years and must be recertified before the certfication expiration date.
  • All CCIE certifications are valid for two years and must be recertified by the deadline to remain on active status.
  • Specialist certifications are valid for two years and can be renewed by retaking all exams required for the certification. Cisco Sales Expert (CSE) designations are valid for two years and must be recertified regardless of other certifications you have achieved, are currently pursuing or are in the process of recertifying.

How to Recertify

Renewal requires certification holders to register for and pass the appropriate Cisco recertification exam(s). In order to recertify, exam requirements must be met prior to the certification expiration date. Individuals with an expired certification(s) must repeat the entire certification exam process in order to regain their certification(s). Visit the Cisco Career Certifications Tracking System to check the status of your certification(s).

  • Architect Certification
  • Career Certifications
  • Specialist Certifications
  • All Certifications

(See tabs below)


Next Steps

Quick Links
Instant Answers

Get self-service support with easily-access Instant Answers, automatic answer update notification, and follow-up e-mail question service including online question status management.

Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Certified Architect 5 years Cisco Certified Architect will remain certified as long as they continue to contribute to maintaining the Architect Certification program by evaluating candidate applications or serving on the Board Review team. A valid CCAr will automatically recertify all other Cisco Certifications.
Design Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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
CCNA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND2 exam, or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCDA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCDP 3 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

CCDE 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR CCIE lab 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



Routing & Switching Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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
CCNP 3 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 CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.

CCIE R&S 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.


Data Center Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCNA Data Center 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (Data Center, Security, Service Provider, Service Provider Operations, Voice, or Wireless)
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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
CCNP Data Center 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam,
  • 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

Achieving or recertifying any of the certifications above automatically extends your active Associate and Professional level certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved.

CCIE Data Center 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR CCIE lab 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


Security Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA Security 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional level exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNP Security 3 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
CCIE Security 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.


Storage Networking Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNP 3 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 CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

CCIE SAN 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.


Service Provider Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCIP 3 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

CCIE SP 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.


Service Provider Operations Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA SP Ops  

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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
CCNP SP Ops  

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams 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
CCIE SP Ops 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.


Voice Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA Voice 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNP Voice 3 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

CCIE Voice 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.


Wireless Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA Wireless 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNP Wireless 3 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

CCIE Wireless 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.
Specialist Certifications
Routing and Switching Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Routing and Switching Field Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ARSFE Written Exam AND the current  WAASFE Written 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

Cisco Routing and Switching Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ARSAM Written Exam AND the current WAASAM Written 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

Cisco Routing and Switching Solution Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current  RSSSE Written Exam AND the current  WAASSE Written 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



Data Center Unified Computing Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCUCD Written 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

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist 2 years To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:
  • Pass the current DCUCI Written 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.
 
Data Center Networking Infrastructure Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCNID Written 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
Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCNIS-1 AND the current DCNIS-2 Written 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

Cisco Data Center Netowrking Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCNSS Written 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
 
Data Center Application Services Certification Paths
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Data Center Application Services Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCASD Written 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

Data Center Application Services Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCASI Written 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

 
Data Center Storage Networking Certification Paths
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCSNS Written 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
Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICSNS Written 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

 
Foundation for Channel Partners Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Express Foundation Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CXFS Written 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

Cisco Express Foundation Field Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CXFF Written 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

Cisco Express Foundation Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CXFA Written 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



Unified Communications & Video Certifications
Unified Communications Specialists Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Advanced IP Communications Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current AUCAM Written Exam AND the current LCSE Written 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

Cisco IP Communications Express Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current IIUC2 Exam AND the current LCSE Written 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

Cisco IP Communications Express Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current UCXAM Written Exam AND the current LCSE Written 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

Cisco IP Contact Center Express Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current UCCX Written 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

Cisco IP Telephony Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current UCAD Written Exam AND the current LCSAUC Written Exam AND the current QoS Written 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

Cisco Unity Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current  CUDN Written 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

Cisco Unity Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current IUM Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current IUC Written 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

Cisco Unified Presence Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current PRSDI Written 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

 
Video Specialists Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Rich Media Communications Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CRMC Written Exam AND the current CVOICE Written 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

Cisco TelePresence Installations Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), 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

Cisco TelePresence Solutions Specialist 2 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

 
MeetingPlace Certification Paths
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco MeetingPlace Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DMPS Written 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

Cisco MeetingPlace Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current SMPS Written 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

Cisco MeetingPlace Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current Written 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

 
Cisco Virtual Classroom Instruction
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CVCI Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass the current Virtual Classroom Instruction Written Exam

 
VPN and Security Certification Paths
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco ASA Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current SNAF Written Exam OR the current SNAA Written 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.
Cisco IPS Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current IPS Written 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.

Cisco Network Admission Control Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current 642-591 CANAC Written 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.

Cisco Security Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ASAM Written 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

Cisco Security Solution and Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current SSSE Written 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
 
Wireless LAN Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current AWLANSE Written 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

Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Field Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current AWLANFE Written 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

Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current AWLANAM Written 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
Field Technician Certifications
Cisco Certified Technician Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCT Data Center 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CCT Data Center exam (DCTECH), or
  • Pass the current ICND1 exam AND current ICND2 exam, or
  • Pass the current CCNA Composite exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (Wireless, Security, Voice, or SP Ops), or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCT Routing & Switching 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCT exam (RSTECH, DCTECH, or TPTECH), or
  • Pass the current ICND1 exam AND current ICND2 exam, or
  • Pass the current CCNA Composite exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (Wireless, Security, Voice, or SP Ops), or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCT TelePresence 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CCT TelePresence exam (TPTECH), or
  • Pass the current ICND1 exam AND current ICND2 exam, or
  • Pass the current CCNA Composite exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (Wireless, Security, Voice, or SP Ops), or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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


Architect Certification
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Certified Architect 5 years Cisco Certified Architect will remain certified as long as they continue to contribute to maintaning the Architect Certification program by eveluating candidate applications or serving on the Board Review team. A valid CCAr wil automaticlly recertify all other Cisco Certifications.


Career Certifications
Design Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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
CCNA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND2 exam, or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCDA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCDP 3 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

CCDE 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR CCIE lab 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

 
Routing & Switching Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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
CCNP 3 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 CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.

CCIE R&S 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.
 
Security Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA Security 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional level exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNP Security 3 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
CCIE Security 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.
 
Storage Networking Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNP 3 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 CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

CCIE SAN 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.
 
Service Provider Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCIP 3 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

CCIE SP 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.
 
Service Provider Operations Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA SP Ops  

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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
CCNP SP Ops  

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams 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
CCIE SP Ops 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.
 
Voice Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA Voice 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNP Voice 3 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

CCIE Voice 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.
 
Wireless Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
CCENT 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNA Wireless 3 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDA DESGN exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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

CCNP Wireless 3 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

CCIE Wireless 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR  CCIE Lab 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.

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.


Specialist Certifications
Routing and Switching Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Routing and Switching Field Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ARSFE Written Exam AND the current  WAASFE Written 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

Cisco Routing and Switching Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ARSAM Written Exam AND the current WAASAM Written 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

Cisco Routing and Switching Solution Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current  RSSSE Written Exam AND the current  WAASSE Written 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

 
Data Center Unified Computing Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCUCD Written 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

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist 2 years To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:
  • Pass the current DCUCI Written 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.
 
Data Center Networking Infrastructure Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCNID Written 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
Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCNIS-1 AND the current DCNIS-2 Written 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

Cisco Data Center Netowrking Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCNSS Written 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
 
Data Center Application Services Certification Paths
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Data Center Application Services Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCASD Written 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

Data Center Application Services Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCASI Written 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

 
Data Center Storage Networking Certification Paths
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DCSNS Written 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
Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICSNS Written 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

 
Foundation for Channel Partners Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Express Foundation Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CXFS Written 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

Cisco Express Foundation Field Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CXFF Written 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

Cisco Express Foundation Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CXFA Written 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

 
Unified Communications Specialists Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Advanced IP Communications Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current AUCAM Written Exam AND the current LCSE Written 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

Cisco IP Communications Express Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current IIUC2 Exam AND the current LCSE Written 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

Cisco IP Communications Express Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current UCXAM Written Exam AND the current LCSE Written 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

Cisco IP Contact Center Express Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current UCCX Written 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

Cisco IP Telephony Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current UCAD Written Exam AND the current LCSAUC Written Exam AND the current QoS Written 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

Cisco Unity Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current  CUDN Written 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

Cisco Unity Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current IUM Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current IUC Written 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

Cisco Unified Presence Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current PRSDI Written 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

 
Video Specialists Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Rich Media Communications Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current CRMC Written Exam AND the current CVOICE Written 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

Cisco TelePresence Installations Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
  • Pass the current CCNA exam, or
  • Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or 
  • Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
  • Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), 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

Cisco TelePresence Solutions Specialist 2 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

 
MeetingPlace Certification Paths
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco MeetingPlace Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current DMPS Written 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

Cisco MeetingPlace Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current SMPS Written 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

Cisco MeetingPlace Support Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current Written 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

 
VPN and Security Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco ASA Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current SNAF Written Exam OR the current SNAA Written 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.
Cisco IPS Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current IPS Written 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.

Cisco Network Admission Control Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current 642-591 CANAC Written 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.

Cisco Security Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current ASAM Written 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

Cisco Security Solution and Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current SSSE Written 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
 
Wireless LAN Certification Paths
Note: 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).
Certification Duration Recertification Extension Requirements
Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Design Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current AWLANSE Written 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

Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Field Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current AWLANFE Written 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

Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Sales Specialist 2 years

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current AWLANAM Written 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 you use a higher Level of certification to recertify your certification, your current certification will match the expiration of the higher certification (if you have one year left on your CCNA certification and you pass the current CCDE, both your CCDE and your CCNA certification will expire two years from the date you passed the CCDE). All certification expirations will match to the latest certification achieved.

Let Us Help

Share