Why get Cisco certified?
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We offer five levels of network certification:
Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert and Architect, the highest level of accreditation within the Cisco Career Certification program.
The Associate level of Cisco Certifications can begin directly with CCNA for network installation, operations and troubleshooting or CCDA for network design. Think of the Associate Level as the foundation level of networking certification.
The Professional level is an advanced level of certification that shows more expertise with networking skills. Each certification covers a different technology to meet the needs of varying job roles.
Cisco Certified Architect is the highest level of accreditation achievable and recognizes the architectural expertise of network designers who can support the increasingly complex networks of global organizations and effectively translate business strategies into evolutionary technical strategies.
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The Specialist designation certifies the specific expertise of technical professionals, including those with Cisco Career Certifications at the associate, professional or expert levels. By earning specialist certifications, network professionals can enhance their core networking knowledge in technologies such as security, data center or video.
Many Specialist certifications align with the requirements of the Cisco Partner Specialization program.
The Collaboration Specialist certifications focus on Cisco Collaboration technology skills building and validation. These certifications and related training align closely with the on-the-job performance needs of Collaboration engineers, Unified Contact Center Enterprise engineers and networking professionals seeking to specialize in the planning, designing, implementation, and management of deployments.
The Cisco Certified Data Center Specialist certification programs are practical, relevant, job-ready certifications aligned closely with the specific tasks expected of Data Center network professionals.
The Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) certifications and training are job role based programs designed to help meet the growing need for specialized talent. This education portfolio provides Internet Protocol (IP) networking expertise, with a focus in automation, manufacturing and energy and future expansion to include equally transformative industries.
The Cisco Network Programmability Specialist certifications enhance your networking skills through foundational networking knowledge and allow you to use your software skills to develop network applications in programmable environments.
The Cisco Operating System Software Specialist certifications validate proficiency in Cisco internetwork operating systems.
The Cisco Service Provider Specialist certifications enhance your skills and ability to design, install, and support specific aspects of service provider networks.
The Cisco Business Architect Specialist certifications help prepare individuals for the journey to building strong business skills, acumen, and providing enabling tools.
The Customer Success Specialist certifications provide skills and knowledge to customer success managers who ensure that customers achieve desired business outcomes, and realize the value of their investment.
Recertification is an important indicator to you and your employer that you have kept up with current trends in networking technology. You can renew a valid certifications as many times as you choose, but if you don’t renew before the expiration date, your certification becomes inactive.
To keep certifications current, you can recertify by advancing to the next level of certification or by completing the recertification requirements.
For details about your recertification requirements, visit your certification page in the Career Certifications section above.
|Entry-level, Associate-level, and Professional-level||3 years|
|Expert-level Certifications||2 years|
|Specialist certifications||2 years|
|Cisco Certified Architect||5 years|
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Renewal requires certification holders to register for and pass the appropriate Cisco recertification exam(s). In addition to passing the designated recertification exam(s), Cisco Continuing Education Program offers expert-level certification holders an alternative option to recertify by earning credits.
In order to recertify, certification holders must complete the recertification requirements prior to the certification expiration date. If an individual allows their certification(s) to expire, then the individual must repeat the entire certification process to regain their certification(s).
Visit the Cisco Career Certifications Tracking System to check the status of your certification(s).
Senior-level IT professionals need to keep pace with the rapidly changing technology landscape that help drive business outcomes.
Expert-level certification holders can choose an alternative way to recertify by earning credits.
Candidates are required to acknowledge several agreements as part of their participation in the Cisco Certifications program, and to obtain and use marks and logos associated with the program.
Upon the retirement of any certification, no new certifications will be issued nor will it be available for recertification. The certification will remain active until its unique expiration date held by the candidate.