Data Center Architecture

Unified Computing Technology Specialization

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Expand opportunities and advance your expertise with this specialization.

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Become a Unified Computing Technology Specialized Partner

Prove your expertise in optimizing data center networks and servers, from sales to support.

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The Cisco Unified Computing Technology Specialization helps your company to:

  • Develop sales, technical, and service capabilities for integrated data center server solutions
  • Increase technical competency within the company
  • Be recognized as a Cisco Specialized Partner in the Cisco Partner Locator

This specialization also entitles you to a range of additional benefits. You can:

Specialization Requirements

There are three required roles for the Advanced Routing and Switching Specialization: Account Manager (AM), Systems Engineer (SE), and Field Engineer (FE).

These roles provide a roadmap with training content and exams that are tailored to pertinent jobs within a company. This page provides information about training format, cost, and duration specifically for each role, as well as additional general training requirements. All costs and duration are approximate and may vary by region.

For country requirements, learn more about Country Groupings. Also, see specialization requirements in a consolidated view.

Learn how to apply and renew.

  • Account Manager

    Responsible for sales methodology and customer engagement:
    13 hours of required and recommended training for this role.

  • Systems Engineer

    Presales engineers are responsible for unified computing technology solution planning and design:
    41 hours of required and recommended training for this role.

  • Field Engineer

    Postsales engineers are responsible for unified computing technology solution implementation and operation:
    41 hours of required and recommended training for this role.

  • Apply:

    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. (Cisco usually receives exam results in 5 to 10 business days.)
    3. Complete and submit the Specialization Application.
      If you encounter any issues in the application or renewal process, please open a case with the Customer Service Central (formerly Partner Relationship Team - PRT).

    Renew:

    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 Customer Service Central (formerly Partner Relationship Team - PRT).

    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 first 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.