Become a Small Business Foundation Specialized Partner


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Small Business Specialization
Entry Express Advanced Master
     
Related certifications: Small Business Foundation is required for Cisco Select Certification.

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Cisco Small Business Foundation Specialization helps increase your competitive advantage through understanding of and access to Cisco Small Business offerings. You can also:

Cisco offers a variety of additional Small Business Specialization resources and partner training.



Account Manager | Engineer



Specialization Requirements

Two roles are required for the Small Business Foundation Specialization:

  • Account manager
  • Engineer

These roles provide a roadmap with training content and exams that are tailored to pertinent jobs within a company. Following is a summary of training format, cost, and duration specifically for each role, as well as additional general training requirements. All costs are estimated and may vary by region.


Account Manager
Responsible for sales methodology and customer engagement.
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
None - - -
Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration

SBF for Account Managers (650-256)

Exam $65 60 min
Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration

Smart Business Roadmap for Small Business
Cisco for Small Business v2
Cisco Small Business - Routing v1
Cisco Small Business - Security v1
Cisco Small Business - Services and Support v1
Cisco Small Business - Switching v2
Cisco Small Business - UC320 v1
Cisco SMART Designs v2
Cisco OnPlus
Cisco Webex - Meeting Center
Cisco Tools and Resources for Account Managers

E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
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15 min
25 min
45 min
55 min
32 min
20 min
75 min
25 min
60 min
30 min
30 min

Total:   $65 8 hrs

Engineer
Combines presales and post-sales functions; responsible for designing and implementing simple customer business solutions.
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
None - - -
Requirements:      

SBF for Engineers (650-395)

Exam $65 75 min
Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration

Smart Business Roadmap for Small Business
Cisco for Small Business v2
Cisco Small Business - Routing v1
Cisco Small Business - Security v1
Cisco Small Business - Services and Support v1
Cisco Small Business - Switching v2
Cisco Small Business - UC320 v1
Cisco SMART Designs v2
Cisco OnPlus
Cisco Webex - Meeting Center
Cisco Tools and Resources for Account Managers
SB Technology Fundamentals

E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
E-learning
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15 min
25 min
45 min
55 min
20 min
75 min
60 min
30 min
30 min
30 min
30 min
120 min

Total:   $65 11 hrs

Country Requirements:

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Your company must be a Cisco Registered Partner before you apply for specialization or certification. Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Visit the "Become a Registered Partner" page if you are new to the Cisco Channel Partner Program and have not registered.
  2. Verify that the certified individuals fulfilling job roles are allocated to your company with their CSCO testing number. Partner Administrators and internal Cisco employees (associated through the CAM Assignment tool) are able to verify this information using the Partner Self Service tool . (It takes five to ten business days on average for Cisco to receive the exam results data from its respective testing agencies.)
  3. Complete and submit the Specialization application.
    If you encounter any issues in the application or renewal process, please open a case with the Partner Relationship Team.


To renew a specialization:

  1. Begin the recertification process 90 days before your anniversary date.
  2. Verify that you are in compliance with the current specialization requirements.
  3. Submit your application using the Certification and Specialization Application online web tool.

You must meet all requirements to submit your application. If you encounter any issues in the application or renewal process, open a case with the Cisco Partner Relationship Team.


If you fail to submit a recertification application within 10 days after your anniversary date, you will lose your specialization.


Note: If a partner does not remain in compliance with the applicable specialization or certification requirements, Cisco reserves the right to revoke the specialization or certification at any time. Partners must notify Cisco of its non-compliance promptly, but in no event more than thirty (30) days after partner fi rst becomes aware of its non-compliance. Upon receipt of such notice, partner may qualify for an extension of time in which to renew its compliance with the applicable specialization or certification requirements. Partner's failure to provide such notice may disqualify partner from receiving such an extension. If no extension is granted or if partner fails to comply with the certification or specialization requirements by the end of the extension period, Cisco reserves the right to revoke the applicable specialization or certification immediately. Additional information regarding non-compliance may be found in the Audit and Policies Document.