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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.

Not sure which certification to pursue? Explore the Career Guide.


Both the CCENT and the CCT certifications serve as starting points for individuals interested in starting a career as a networking professional.


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.


The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification is accepted worldwide as the most prestigious networking certification in the industry.


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.

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.

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.

Retired Certifications


Recertification is an important indicator to IT professionals and their employers, ensuring that the certification holder has kept up with current trends in networking technology. Valid certifications may be renewed indefinitely, but without timely renewal, certifications expire or become inactive.

To keep your certification current, recertify by advancing to the next level of certification, or by completing the recertification requirements for your current certification.

And remember:

  • Cisco does not provide extensions. It is your responsibility to recertify on time.
  • We do send renewal email reminders to the email address in your Certification Tracking System profile, so make sure to keep your email address up to date.
  • Always review the 5-day Exam Retake Policy before scheduling any exam.

Recertification Renewal Timeframes

Certification Duration
Entry-level, Associate-level, and Professional-level 3 years
Expert-level Certifications 2 years
Specialist certifications 2 years
Cisco Certified Architect 5 years

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).

Please use the following links for detailed information on how to recertify a specific Cisco certification:

Certification Recertification Table

Certification Entry Associate Professional Expert Architect
Cloud   CCNA Cloud CCNP Cloud    
Collaboration   CCNA Collaboration CCNP Collaboration CCIE Collaboration  
Cyber Ops   CCNA Cyber Ops      
Data Center   CCNA Data Center CCNP Data Center CCIE Data Center  
Industrial   CCNA Industrial      
Routing & Switching CCENT CCNA Routing and Switching CCNP CCIE Routing & Switching  
Security CCENT CCNA Security CCNP Security CCIE Security  
Service Provider   CCNA Service Provider CCNP Service Provider CCIE Service Provider  
Wireless CCENT CCNA Wireless CCNP Wireless CCIE Wireless  


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