Partner Specializations


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Partner Specializations reflect the depth of your skills across certain technologies and architectures. Show your customers that you have expertise in Cisco technologies, architectures, and solutions. Our three levels of (Express, Advanced, and Master) represent increasing capabilities in sales, technical, and lifecycle services.

Express Specializations

Express-levels are for partners who want to become more proficient in foundation networking, collaboration, video, and security technologies.

Advanced Specializations

Advanced-levels help partners meet the needs of a wide range of customers, from small businesses to large enterprises.

Technology Specializations

Architecture Specializations

Gold Certification requires three Advanced Architectures. Two are mandatory: Enterprise Networks Architecture and Security Architecture. The third must be the Collaboration Architecture, Data Center Architecture, or Advanced Service Provider Architecture.

Architecture Specializations can also be applied toward Premier Certification or Silver Certification.


The exclusive group of Cisco Master Specialized Partners has the most in-depth technology skills and demonstrated success in supporting high-risk and complex business and technology projects. Masters can be achieved regardless of certification level. Join this elite group to become an expert in collaboration, security, data center, and cloud technologies. Stand apart from the competition and give your customers an extra measure of confidence.

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Additional Specializations

Global Commerce recognizes partners that have a global presence and proven capability in providing consistent commerce and product logistics services to global customers.

Retired Specializations