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Express Foundation Specialization

Advanced Content Security Specialization

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:


Role-Sharing Guidelines (PDF - 59 KB) Adobe PDF file

For country requirements, learn more about country groupings. Also, see the specialization requirements in a consolidated view.

  • Account Manager

    Responsible for sales methodology and customer engagement.

    • Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Express Foundation Account Manager Representative
      Selling Business Outcomes (#810-401 or #810-403) Exam $150 1 hour
      #646-365 CXFA Exam Details Exam $80 1 hour
      Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
      Selling Business Outcomes E-Learning $0 6 hours
      Express Foundation Sales v1.0 E-Learning $0 4 hours
      Total:   $230 12 hours
  • Sales Engineer

    Presales engineers are responsible for express foundation solution planning and design.

  • Field Engineer

    Postsales engineers are responsible for Express Foundation solution implementation and operation.

  • 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).


    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.