IT Certifications and Career Paths

Design/Architect Comparison Chart

Design/Architecture Certification Comparison Chart
Certification Name Number of exams Job Role Product/Technology Years of experience Prerequisites
CCDA:
Cisco Certified Design Associate
1 Network Design Engineer
Network Design Technician
Support Technician
Technologies
- Routing and switching
- IPv4/IPv6
- Security
- Voice
- Video
- Wireless
- Data center
1 - 3 A valid CCENT or a valid CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite
CCDP:
Cisco Certified Design Professional
3 Senior Network Design Engineer
Senior Analyst
Principal Systems Engineer
Technologies
- Routing and switching
- IPv4/IPv6
- Security
- Voice
- Video
- Wireless
- Data center
3 - 5 Valid CCNA (R&S) and CCDA, or any valid CCIE certification
CCDE:
Cisco Certified Design Expert
1 Written exam
1 Practical exam
Expert-Level Network Design Engineer
Expert-Level Network Lead for IT Infrastructure Team
Expert-Level Network Lead for Architecture Team
Technologies
- Routing and switching
- IPv4/IPv6
- Security
- Voice
- Video
- Wireless
- Data center
7+ None, however in-depth knowledge of advanced internetworking theory and design principles is recommended
CCAr:
Cisco Certified Architect
Application approval
1 Board review
Senior Network Infrastructure Architect working with top business and technical stakeholders Technologies
- Routing and switching
- Multiple and various applications of technologies to real business problems
10+ CCDE

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