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Specialise to stand out in a crowded market

Competition is fierce. Show your customers that you know how to help them succeed. Get training to help you design, sell, install, and support key Cisco technologies. We constantly update our specialisations to keep you up to speed. 

When you specialise, you can…

Get recognised for your specialisation in our Partner Locator

Use incentives and promotions to help you win business and boost your bottom line

Accelerate sales with your expert training

What’s new?

Meet the new Express

One specialisation, multiple paths to achievement.

Express and SMB transitions

Your current Express and SMB specialisation is changing.

Unified Computing Technology

It’s now part of our new Express Specialisation.

Choose a level


Same name, all-new specialisation. One specialisation with flexible paths to achievement. Choose the track that will help your business grow faster. Boost your company’s technical skill level. Stand out more in your market. Automatically become Select Certified and take advantage of the benefits that come with being a Certified Partner, including eligibility for some incentives.


Expand your business and better meet customer needs. Increase your profits by offering Cisco Professional Services and participate in our Value Incentive (VIP). And cross-sell solutions to get bigger deals.


Obtain a Master Specialisation to reach the highest skill level. Support high-risk, complex projects. A certification is not required.

Achieve this specialisation to become an expert in collaboration, security, service provider, data center, and cloud solutions. In addition to the benefits listed for the Express and Advanced specialisations, Master Specialised partners get more incentive rewards and can use custom marketing campaigns. Create new chances to grow your business and make your company more profitable.

Which specialisation fits your needs?

Cisco offers a range of options. Specialise to expand your business and become an expert in specific areas.


Working together, people can achieve extraordinary things. Specialise in Cisco mobility, cloud, and video solutions. Help your customers empower people to engage and innovate—anywhere, on any device.

Data Center

Help your customers transform their data centers. Boost your profits by helping them use the latest cloud strategies.

Enterprise Networks

Our enterprise networking solutions help businesses innovate faster, simplify operations, and reduce risk. Specialise to help customers get the most from their networks and expand your market.


Security is a top concern for businesses of all sizes, everywhere. Grow your business by helping your customers grow theirs more securely.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things links smart objects to the Internet. We estimate the IoT will consist of 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Expand your market by helping customers make the most of this growing field.

Service provider

Going digital creates opportunities for service providers to make and save money, move faster, and help ensure safety and security. Help your service provider customers find and capitalise on these opportunities.

Small and midsize business

The SMB Specialisation is retiring. Learn about our new take on Express Specialisation to reach new markets across a range of technologies.

Here’s how it works

Want to specialise in a Cisco technology? The first step is to become a Cisco partner.

Get ready…

Each specialisation has specific requirements. These depend on how expert you want to become and what your area of interest is. You can review the requirements on the specific page for each specialisation.

Get set…

After you’ve completed the training, take the exams required to reach your goal. Generally speaking, the higher the level, the more training required.


Apply and accept the terms of the program.

Apply for or renew a specialisation

Don’t miss out—renew within the 90-day expiration window.
Apply now to specialise in a new area.