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Configure FlexPod for Your Needs

Learn how to design scalable, flexible data centers.

What's new

The Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Design Specialist certification exam has been refreshed to reflect the latest technology.

  • Between October 15, 2018 and December 28, 2018, candidates may choose to test using exam 500-170 or 500-173 to earn certification. 
  • Beginning December 31, 2018, only exam 500-173 will be available for testing.

Overview

The Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Design Specialist is for storage and data management professionals including systems engineers, field engineers, professional services consultants, and channel partners who are focused on FlexPod solution enablement.

This FlexPod certification is the first jointly-developed, global, multi-vendor technical certification that delivers in-depth knowledge of the tools and standards to assess performance characteristics and requirements of the FlexPod integrated solution.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
500-170 FPDESIGN
Last day to test: December 28, 2018
Designing the FlexPod Solution v1.0 (FPDESIGN)
OR  
500-173 FPDESIGN
Designing the FlexPod Solution v2.0 (FPDESIGN)
Available: February 2019

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Train and study

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

Designing the FlexPod Solution v1.0 (FPDESIGN)
Recommended for candidates preparing for exam 500-170.

Designing the FlexPod Solution v2.0 (FPDESIGN) - Available: February 2019
Recommended for candidates preparing for exam 500-173.

Take exam

To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):

500-170 FPDESIGN

Last day to test: December 28, 2018

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of tools and standards for assessing computing solution performance characteristics and requirements. In addition this exam will test a candidate's knowledge of hardware components associated with the FlexPod Solution and the process for selecting proper hardware for a given set of requirements.

OR

500-173 FPDESIGN

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of tools and standards for assessing computing solution performance characteristics and requirements. In addition this exam will test a candidate's knowledge of hardware components associated with the FlexPod Solution and the process for selecting proper hardware for a given set of requirements.

Recertification

Cisco Specialist certifications are valid for two years. To recertify, pass the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass the current required exam.

For more information, access the Cisco About Recertification page.