CISCO Certifications

Cisco Certifications have formed  the foundation for thousands of  successful careers in networking.Cisco offers ,one of the most popular certification programs in the IT industry. The Cisco Career Certification program begins at the entry level, then advances to associate, professional and expert levels, and (for some certifications) caps things off at the architect level.

  • Entry level Certifications
  • Associate Certifications
  • Professional Certifications
  • Expert Level Certifications
  • Specailist Certifications

Cisco Certifications – Entry Level Certifications

Cisco has two entry level credentials

  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician(CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Technician(CCT)

In 2013, Cisco introduced new ICND1 and ICND2 exams (needed for the new CCNA Routing and Switching). ICND1: 100-101 (Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 v2.0) became the new exam required for CCENT. With this change, CCENT became a sufficient pre-requirement for CCNA Security, CCNA Voice and CCNA Wireless.This certification is valid for three years

Cisco Certified Technicians (CCT)

Cisco Certified Technicians have the skills to diagnose, restore, repair, and replace critical Cisco networking and system devices at customer sites. Technicians work closely with the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) to quickly and efficiently resolve support incidents.

As of November 2017, there were 2 domains available for CCT certification:

  • CCT Routing and Switching – Valid for 3 years.
  • CCT Data Center – Valid for 3 years.

Cisco Certifications – Associate Level Certifications

The CCNA Routing and Switching certification covers skills necessary to administer devices on small or medium-sized networks. This certification requires the ICND1 100-105 and ICND2 200-105 exams.

There are various certification tracks that include are

  • Cloud
  • Collaboration
  • Data Center
  • Design
  • Industrial/IOT
  • Routing and Switching
  • Security
  • Service Provider
  • Wireless
CertificationRequired ExamsQuestionsTime Duration
CCDA210-451 CLDFND55-6575 minutes
CCNA Cloud210-451 CLDFND55-6590 minutes
CCNA Collaboration210-455 CLDADM55-6590 minutes
210-060 CICD55-6575 minutes
CCNA Cyber Ops210-065 CIVND55-6575 minutes
210-250 SECFND55-6090 minutes
CCNA Data Center210-255 SECOPS55-6090 minutes
200-150 DCICN65-7590 minutes
CCNA Industrial200-155 DCICT65-7590 minutes
CCNA Routing and Switching200-601 IMINS265-7590 minutes
200-125 CCNA55-6090 minutes
100-105 ICND145-5590 minutes
CCNA Security200-105 ICND245-5590 minutes
CCNA Service Provider210-260 IINS60-7090 minutes
640-875 SPNGN165-7590 minutes
640-878 SPNGN265-7590 minutes
CCNA Wireless200-355 WIFUND60-7090 minutes


CISCO Certifications – Professional Level Certifications

CISCO Professional level Credentials include two main programs

  • CISCO Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • CISCO Certified Design Professional (CCDP)

The CCNP credential recognizes professionals who plan, deploy and troubleshoot local networks and wide area networks


CertificationRequired ExamsQuestionsTime Duration
CCDP300-101 ROUTE45-65120 minutes
300-115 SWITCH30-40120 minutes
300-320 ARCH60-7075 minutes
CCNP Cloud300-460 CLDINF55-6590 minutes
300-465 CLDDES55-6590 minutes
300-470 CLDAUT55-6590 minutes
300-475 CLDACI55-6590 minutes
CCNP Collaboration300-070 CIPTV155-6575 minutes
300-075 CIPTV250-6075 minutes
300-080 CTCOLLAB55-6575 minutes
300-085 CAPPS55-6575 minutes
CCNP Data Center642-999 DCUCI*65-7590 minutes
300-175 DCUCI60-7090 minutes
642-997 DCUFI*65-7590 minutes
300-165 DCII60-7090 minutes
642-998 DCUCD*65-7590 minutes
642-996 DCUFD*65-7590 minutes
300-160 DCID60-7090 minutes
642-035 DCUCT*65-7590 minutes
642-980 DCUFT*65-7590 minutes
300-180 DCIT60-7090 minutes
CCNP Routing and Switching300-101 ROUTE45-65120 minutes
300-115 SWITCH30-40120 minutes
300-135 TSHOOT15-25120 minutes
CCNP Security300-208 SISAS55-6590 minutes
300-206 SENSS65-7590 minutes
300-209 SIMOS65-7590 minutes
300-210 SITCS65-7590 minutes
CCNP Service Provider642-883 SPROUTE65-7590 minutes
642-885 SPADVROUTE65-7590 minutes
642-887 SPCORE65-7590 minutes
642-889 SPEDGE65-7590 minutes
CCNP Wireless300-360 WIDESIGN60-7090 minutes
300-365 WIDEPLOY60-7090 minutes
300-370 WITSHOOT60-7090 minutes
300-375 WISECURE60-7090 minutes


Cisco Certifications – Expert Level Certifications

Cisco expert level credentials include two main certifications

  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Cisco Certified Design Expert(CCDE)

There are no prererequisites for either certification,but you have to pass the written exam and practical exam. A CCIE has expert technical skills and knowledge of Cisco network products and solutions in one of the CCIE technical tracks, which currently include Collaboration, Data Center, Routing and Switching, Security, Service Provider and Wireless. The CCDE identifies experts who design infrastructure solutions for large enterprise environments, which include technological, operational, business and budget aspects of a project.

Cisco Certifications – Architect Level Certifications

The Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) certification assesses the experience and competency of network designers.Different domains in the cetifcations are

  • CCIE Routing and Switching
  • CCDE
  • CCIE Collaboration
  • CCIE Data Centre
  • CCIE Security
  • CCIE Service Provider
  • CCIE Wireless

Specialist Certifications

Cisco also provides Specialist Certifications.The Specialisations that come under these certifications are as follows

  • Business
  • Collaboration
  • Data Center
  • Internet of Things
  • Network Programmability
  • Operating System Software
  • Security
  • Service Provider

Benefits of CISCO Certifications

  • Cisco certified professionals are among the highest paid IT professionals in the world.
  • Cisco certifications validate skills in networking, one of the fastest growing and most versatile IT domains.
  • Resumes with Cisco certifications grab the attention of information technology recruiters and employers.

JOBS AND CAREERS : CiSCO Certifications help to gain related jobs and builds a good career .Following are the examples

  • CCENT: Help desk or technician roles
  • CCT: Engineer (field, network, application support) or systems administrator
  • CCNA: Engineer (network, telecommunications), technician (network, network operations) or analyst (network, network operations center)
  • CCDA: Engineer (network, system, design, lead), analyst (interface), interface developer, or technical specialist
  • CCNP: Network administrator, engineer (support, network) or advanced technician, as well as senior-level roles
  • CCDP: Senior-level roles; senior network design engineer, senior analyst, cyber protection analyst or network designer
  • CCIE: Expert-level roles; network architect, engineer (lead, systems, network) or senior network administrator
  • CCDE: Expert-level roles; systems engineer, senior network engineer, network architect, network design engineer or IT infrastructure team lead
  • CCAr: Architect (lead, network, enterprise, voice data, and more)


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