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Available February 24, 2020: Updates to the Cisco Professional certification and training program

On February 24, 2020, Cisco will release new certification exams. New training will roll out over the next several months. If you have started working toward the current CCDP certification, keep going. In the new program, you’ll receive credit for work you’ve already completed.

Visit the CCDP migration tool for information about migrating your certification in progress.

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Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)

The CCDP certification builds advanced knowledge of the network design concepts and principles required to develop multi-layer enterprise architectures and network components.


Enterprise environments require networks designed for performance, availability and scalability to achieve outcomes. Seasoned IT professionals with progressive end-to-end network design expertise are crucial to ensure networks deliver to today's requirements while future proofing investments. For Senior Network Design Engineers, Principle System Engineer, Network/Solution Architects and CCDA professionals looking to build upon your fundamental Cisco network design expertise the Cisco CCDP certification program focuses on advanced addressing and routing protocols, WANs, services virtualization, and integration strategies for multi-layered Enterprise architectures.


Valid Cisco CCDA and CCNA Routing and Switching certifications, or valid Cisco CCDA and CCNP Routing and Switching certifications, or any Cisco CCIE/CCDE certifications can act as a prerequisite.

Exams and recommended training

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

Exam information

To earn the Cisco CCDP certification, you must pass the following exams:

300-101 ROUTE

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

This exam certifies the routing knowledge and skills of successful candidates. They are certified in using advanced IP addressing and routing in implementing scalable and highly secure Cisco routers that are connected to LANs, WANs, and IPv6.

300-101 ROUTE exam topics

300-115 SWITCH

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

This exam certifies the switching knowledge and skills of successful candidates. They are certified in planning, configuring, and verifying the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions that use the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture.

300-115 SWITCH exam topics

300-320 ARCH

Last date to test: February 23, 2020

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of the latest development in network design and technologies, including L2 and L3 infrastructures for the enterprise, WAN technologies, data center integration, network security and network services.

300-320 exam topics

Classroom training

The best way to prepare for this certification is to take the Cisco-approved training:

Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)

Students will learn to plan, configure and verify the implementation of secure enterprise LAN and WAN routing solutions using a range of routing protocols.

Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)

Students will learn to plan, configure and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions using Cisco's Campus Enterprise Architecture.

Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH)

The aim of the course is to enable learners to perform the conceptual, intermediate, and detailed design of a network infrastructure that supports desired network solutions over intelligent network services, in order to achieve effective performance, scalability, and availability.


On February 24, 2020, the recertification policy for this exam will be changing.


Cisco Professional-level certifications are valid for three years.

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

Achieving or recertifying any of the certifications above automatically extends your active Associate and Professional level certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved.

For more information, access the Recertification Policy page.


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