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CCNP Data Center Certification and Training

Prove your skills with Data Center networking solutions

Achieving CCNP Data Center certification proves your skills with data center solutions. To earn CCNP Data Center certification, you pass two exams: one that covers core data center technologies and one data center concentration exam of your choice, so you can customize your certification to your technical area of focus.

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Exams and recommended training

To earn CCNP Data Center, you pass two exams: a core exam and a data center concentration exam of your choice. And now every exam in the CCNP Data Center program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

  • The core exam focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure. The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Data Center certification. Passing the core exam will qualify candidates to schedule and take the CCIE lab within the validity of their core exam.
  • Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking their corresponding Cisco training courses.

Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Data Center, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.

CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing data center solutions.

Getting started

Professional-level Essentials Event: Data Center

Register to watch our expert’s guidance and advice on planning your path towards your CCNP Data Center certification success.

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Recertification

CCNP Data Center certification is valid for three years. As a Cisco certified individual you have flexible options to recertify when you complete eligible items through the Cisco Continuing Education program. Learn more by downloading the ebook below.

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