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Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)

The Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) certification is one of the highest technical networking certifications offered by Cisco. Put your knowledge and experience to the test. Achieve your Cisco CCDE certification and accelerate your career.

The CCDE certification is quickly becoming accepted worldwide as one of the most prestigious networking certifications in the industry. Network engineers holding an active CCDE certification are recognized for their expert-level knowledge and skills in network infrastructure design. The deep technical networking knowledge that a CCDE brings ensures that they are well qualified to address the most technically challenging network infrastructure design assignments.

The program continually updates and revises its testing tools and methodologies to ensure unparalleled program quality, relevance, and value. Through rigorous written and practical exams, the CCDE certification program sets the standard for network design expertise.

Cisco introduced the CCDE certification in 2008 to recognize senior-level network designers and to assist the industry in distinguishing the top echelon of networking design experts worldwide.

Important Information Regarding Cisco CCDE Written and Practical Exams

The CCDE written and practical exams have been revised to Version 2.0. The Version 2.0 topics for the written and practical exams are now available. The last day to test using the CCDE Version 1.0 practical exam is October 21, 2011. Learn more.

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Save the Date: The Essentials of CCDE Webinar, October 10, 2012
Join members of the Cisco CCDE certification team for a webinar covering CCDE certification. Learn how to prepare for the CCDE written and practical exams.
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The webinar is free and is recommended for individuals who are interested in becoming CCDE-certified, or have just started preparing to take their CCDE exams. Plus, registrants who attend will receive a special offer to save 30% off premium edition Cisco Press books as well as a voucher code for 15 % off the CCDE written exam.

Date: October 10, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT (16:30 GMT)

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Requirements for Certification

CCDE certification is intended for professionals who have day-to-day responsibility for designing complex, converged IP networks. Candidates are strongly encouraged to have at least seven years of networking experience and a thorough understanding of network infrastructure principles and design topics.

There are no formal prerequisites for CCDE certification. Cisco CCDA and CCDP certifications focus on developing solid network design skills and are recommended as a path to CCDE, but they are not mandatory prerequisites. No specific training or other professional certifications are required.

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Step One: CCDE Written Exam

The 2-hour, written qualification exam covers network design in the areas of routing, tunneling, Quality of Service (QoS), management, cost, capacity, and security. You must pass the written exam before you are eligible to schedule the CCDE practical exam.

Step Two: CCDE Practical Exam

The 8-hour practical exam tests your ability to perform design analysis, justify design requirements, and develop a design implementation based on best practices. Only candidates that have a passing score on the CCDE Written Exam may register for the CCDE Practical Exam.

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