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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

  • Feb 13, 2014 - CCIE Voice
  • Jul 1, 2013 - CCIE Storage Networking
  • Jun 1, 2013 - Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist
  • Jun 1, 2013 - Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Support Specialist
  • Jun 1, 2013 - Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist
  • Jun 1, 2013 - Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist
  • May 15, 2013 - Cisco TelePresence Installations Specialist
  • Oct 29, 2012 - CCIP Certification
  • Apr 12, 2012 - Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Design Specialist
  • Apr 12, 2012 - Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Field Specialist
  • Nov 22, 2011 - CCSP Certification
  • Feb 28, 2011 - Cisco Certified Voice Professional (CCVP)
  • Oct 31, 2009 - Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Sales Specialist
  • Jan 18, 2009 - Cisco IOS Security Specialist
  • Nov 17, 2008 - Cisco Firewall Specialist
  • Nov 17, 2008 - Cisco Information Security Specialist
  • Mar 31, 2008 - Cisco VPN Specialist
  • Jul 30, 2007 - Cisco Advanced Security Field Specialist
  • Apr 17, 2007 - Cisco IP Communications Support Specialist
  • Feb 15, 2007 - Cisco Optical Specialist
  • Nov 24, 2006 - Cisco Storage Networking Design Specialist
  • Nov 24, 2006 - Cisco Storage Networking Support Specialist
  • Aug 3, 2006 - Cisco Content Networking Specialist
  • Jul 29, 2006 - Cisco Access Routing and LAN Switching Sales Specialist
  • Jul 29, 2006 - Cisco Access Routing and LAN Switching Specialist
  • Jul 29, 2006 - Cisco VPN/Security Sales Specialist
  • Jul 29, 2006 - Cisco Wireless LAN Design Specialist
  • Jul 29, 2006 - Cisco Wireless LAN Sales Specialist
  • Jul 29, 2006 - Cisco Wireless LAN Support Specialist
  • Jun 14, 2006 - Cisco IP Telephony Operations Specialist
  • Dec 27, 2005 - Cisco IP Telephony Express Specialist
  • Nov 19, 2005 - Cisco Network Management Specialist
  • Nov 19, 2005 - Cisco Network Management Sales Specialist
  • Oct 7, 2005 - Cisco Content Networking Sales Specialist
  • Apr 22, 2005 - Cable Communications Sales Specialist
  • Apr 22, 2005 - Cable Communications Specialist 1
  • Dec 2, 2004 - Public Access Design Specialist
  • Dec 2, 2004 - Public Access Support Specialist
  • Jul 4, 2004 - Multiservice Switching Specialist
  • Nov 10, 2003 - Cisco MxU Specialist
  • Oct 31, 2003 - CCIP with electives
  • Feb 28, 2003 - Cisco Security Specialist 1
  • Feb 25, 2003 - Cisco Internet Solutions Specialist
  • Feb 25, 2003 - February 25, 2003 - SNA/IP Design Specialist
  • Feb 25, 2003 - SNA/IP Support Specialist
  • Dec 31, 2001 - CCDP WAN Switching
  • Dec 31, 2001 - CCNA WAN Switching
  • Dec 31, 2001 - CCNP WAN Switching
  • May 14, 2001 - CCDP Specializations
  • May 14, 2001 - CCNP Specializations
  • Jul 31, 2000 - CCNA 1.0
  • Jul 31, 2000 - CCNP 1.0

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:

Certification Recertification Table

Collaboration       CCIE Collaboration  
Data Center   CCNA Data Center CCNP Data Center CCIE Data Center  
Design CCENT CCDA CCDP CCDE CCAr
Routing & Switching CCENT CCNA Routing and Switching CCNP CCIE Routing & Switching  
Security CCENT CCNA Security CCNP Security CCIE Security  
Service Provider   CCNA Service Provider CCNP Service Provider CCIE Service Provider  
Service Provider Operations CCENT CCNA Service Provider Operations CCNP Service Provider Operations CCIE Service Provider Operations  
Video   CCNA Video  
Voice CCENT CCNA Voice CCNP Voice    
Wireless CCENT CCNA Wireless CCNP Wireless CCIE Wireless  

Cisco Specialist Recertification Table

Collaboration
Data Center
Operating System Software
Security
Video

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