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Cisco Career Certifications

We offer five levels of network certification: Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert and Architect, the highest level of accreditation within the Cisco Career Certification program.

Not sure which certification to pursue? Explore the Career Guide.

Entry

Both the CCENT and the CCT certifications serve as starting points for individuals interested in starting a career as a networking professional.

Entry Certifications

 

Associate

The Associate level of Cisco Certifications can begin directly with CCNA for network installation, operations and troubleshooting or CCDA for network design. Think of the Associate Level as the foundation level of networking certification.

Associate Certifications

Professional

The Professional level is an advanced level of certification that shows more expertise with networking skills. Each certification covers a different technology to meet the needs of varying job roles.

Professional Certifications

Expert

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification is accepted worldwide as the most prestigious networking certification in the industry.

Expert Certifications

Architect

Cisco Certified Architect is the highest level of accreditation achievable and recognizes the architectural expertise of network designers who can support the increasingly complex networks of global organizations and effectively translate business strategies into evolutionary technical strategies.

Architect Certification

 

Specialists

The Specialist designation certifies the specific expertise of technical professionals, including those with Cisco Career Certifications at the associate, professional or expert levels. By earning specialist certifications, network professionals can enhance their core networking knowledge in technologies such as security, data center or video.

Many Specialist certifications align with the requirements of the Cisco Partner Specialization program.

Retired Certifications

How to Recertify

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

Certification Duration
Entry-level, Associate-level, and Professional level 3 years
All CCIE certifications 2 years
Specialist certifications 2 years
Cisco Certified Architect 5 years

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).

Please use the following links for detailed information on how to recertify a specific Cisco certification:

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Need to Recertify?

Though all certifications need to be recertfied, each certification has specific recertification requirements.

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