Routing and Switching Certification Comparison Chart
Certification Name Years of experience Job Role Product/Technology Number of exams Prerequisites
CCNA 1-3 Network Specialist, Network Adminstrator, Network Support Engineer Cisco Switches, routers, Cisco IOS, LAN, WLAN and WAN 1 None
CCNP 3-5 Network Engineer, System Engineer, Network Support Specialist, Network Administrator, Network Consultant, System Integrator
Cisco Switches, routers, Cisco IOS, LAN, WLAN and WAN, EIGRP, OSPF, eBGP, IPv6, Layer 2, Layer 3, advanced IP addressing and routing, configuration of secure routing solutions 3 A valid Cisco CCNA certification
CCIE 7+ Senior Network Engineer Cisco Switches, routers, Cisco IOS, LAN, WLAN and WAN, EIGRP, OSPF, eBGP, IPv4, IPv6, Layer 2, Layer 3, QoS, STP, MPLS, Multicast, HSRP, VRRP, NTP, DHCP; advanced IP addressing and routing, configuration of secure routing solutions; Implement technologies including Layer 2, IPv4, IPv6, MPLS, IP Multicast, Network Security, Network services and QoS; Troubleshoot and optimize network and evaluate proposed changes 2 None
Advanced Routing and Switching Specialists
Cisco Routing and Switching Field Specialist
3-5 Cisco Channel Partners Cisco Switches, routers, Cisco IOS, LAN, WLAN and WAN, BGP, MPLS, Quality of Service (QoS), High Availability (HA), WAN optimization, and IP version 6 (IPv6); Install, configure, monitor, and support the advanced capabilities of Cisco routing and switching solutions.
2 Valid Cisco CCNP or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.
Cisco Routing and Switching Sales Specialist 3-5 Cisco Channel Partners Cisco Switches, routers, Cisco IOS, LAN, WLAN, WAAS and WAN, Cisco Lifecycle Services

2 Cisco Sales Expert
Cisco Routing and Switching Solutions Specialist
1-3 Cisco Channel Partners, System Engineers and Field Engineers Cisco Switches, routers, Cisco IOS, LAN, WLAN and WAN; identify customer requirements to create a networking solution 1 Valid Cisco CCDA, CCDP, or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.

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