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Express Foundation Specialization

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Advance Your Expertise

Expand your opportunities at companies with 100 to 1500 employees.

Advance Your Expertise

Become a Express Foundation Specialized Partner

Prove your expertise in Cisco solutions for commercial customers with 100 to 1500 employees

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The Cisco Express Foundation Specialization helps your company:

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

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

Specialization Requirements

Three roles are required for the Express Foundation 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:
    11 hours of required and recommended training for this role.
    Exams cost are $80 each

    • Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Cisco Sales Expert (#646-206 CSE) Exam $80 1 hr
      Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Express Foundation Account Manager Representative
      #646-365 CXFA Exam Details Exam $80 1 hr
      Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Cisco Sales Essentials (CSE) v6.0 E-Learning $0 5 hrs
      Express Foundation Sales v1.0 E-Learning $0 4 hrs
      Total:   $160 11 hrs
      Each role must be fulfilled by a unique individual. There is no role-sharing restriction across specializations.
      Role sharing is not allowed within the Express Foundation Specialization. However, Express Foundation roles do not count toward the maximum role designations across other Cisco Specializations.
  • Sales Engineer

    Presales engineers are responsible for express foundation solution planning and design:
    13.5 hours of required and recommended training for this role.
    Exam costs range from $150 to $200

    • Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      CCDA associate-level certification
      or
      CCDP, CCDE or any CCIE
      Exam $250 1.25 hrs
      Requirement(s):      
      Express Foundation Systems Engineer Representative    
      #648-375 CXFS Exam Details Exam $250 1.25 hrs
      Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Express Foundation Sales v1.0 E-Learning $0 4 hrs
      Express Foundation Technology v1.0 E-Learning $0 7 hrs
      Total:   $500 13.5 hrs
      Each role must be fulfilled by a unique individual. There is no role-sharing restriction across specializations.
      Role sharing is not allowed within the Express Foundation Specialization. However, Express Foundation roles do not count toward the maximum role designations across other Cisco Specializations.
  • Field Engineer

    Postsales engineers are responsible for Express Foundation solution implementation and operation:
    10 hours of required and recommended training for this role.
    Exam costs range from $200 to $250

    • Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNP Routing and Switching
      or
      any CCIE
      Exam $250 90 min
      Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Express Foundation Field Engineer Representative
      #648-385 CXFF Exam Details Exam $250 1.25 hrs
      Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Express Foundation Technology v1.0 E-Learning $0 7 hrs
      Total:   $500 9.75 hr
      Each role must be fulfilled by a unique individual. There is no role-sharing restriction across specializations.
      Role sharing is not allowed within the Express Foundation Specialization. However, Express Foundation roles do not count toward the maximum role designations across other Cisco Specializations.
  • 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 identification 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 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.