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Cisco IOS XR Specialist

The Cisco IOS XR Specialist certification is a certification for network engineers, who wish to obtain prescriptive information and experience using Cisco IOS XR.

This certification validates the skills to implement, verify, and maintain core and edge technologies on Cisco carrier-class platforms running Cisco IOS XR.


Unlike competitive offerings, the Cisco IOS XR Specialist certification provides service providers, enterprise companies, and partners a way to differentiate themselves and to show their prospective customer base the value in possessing staff with knowledge of Cisco IOS XR, e.g. the ability to utilize more advanced features, more successful and higher performing IT deployments, lower cost for network maintenance.


There are no prerequisites for this course, however it is recommended that the student be at an advanced or professional level.

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

Implementing and Maintaining Cisco Technologies Using IOS XR (IMTXR)

The Implementing and Maintaining Cisco Technologies Using IOS XR (IMTXR) course introduces the features and functions of the Cisco IOS XR operating system. 

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

644-906 IMTXR

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing, verification testing, and maintaining Cisco core and edge technologies using the Cisco IOS XR based router platforms, which include the CRS, ASR 9000, and the XR12000 routers. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the IMTXR Implementing and Maintaining Cisco Technologies using IOS XR course.


Complete one of the following recertification options every two years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Re-take and pass all exams for each Specialist certification indicated on the specific certification page. Please note: this includes ALL exams whether refreshed or not, or
  • Pass the 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.