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
Certification Required Exams Questions Time Duration
CCDA 210-451 CLDFND 55-65 75 minutes
CCNA Cloud 210-451 CLDFND 55-65 90 minutes
CCNA Collaboration 210-455 CLDADM 55-65 90 minutes
210-060 CICD 55-65 75 minutes
CCNA Cyber Ops 210-065 CIVND 55-65 75 minutes
210-250 SECFND 55-60 90 minutes
CCNA Data Center 210-255 SECOPS 55-60 90 minutes
200-150 DCICN 65-75 90 minutes
CCNA Industrial 200-155 DCICT 65-75 90 minutes
CCNA Routing and Switching 200-601 IMINS2 65-75 90 minutes
200-125 CCNA 55-60 90 minutes
OR OR OR
100-105 ICND1 45-55 90 minutes
CCNA Security 200-105 ICND2 45-55 90 minutes
CCNA Service Provider 210-260 IINS 60-70 90 minutes
640-875 SPNGN1 65-75 90 minutes
640-878 SPNGN2 65-75 90 minutes
CCNA Wireless 200-355 WIFUND 60-70 90 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

 

Certification Required Exams Questions Time Duration
CCDP 300-101 ROUTE 45-65 120 minutes
300-115 SWITCH 30-40 120 minutes
300-320 ARCH 60-70 75 minutes
CCNP Cloud 300-460 CLDINF 55-65 90 minutes
300-465 CLDDES 55-65 90 minutes
300-470 CLDAUT 55-65 90 minutes
300-475 CLDACI 55-65 90 minutes
CCNP Collaboration 300-070 CIPTV1 55-65 75 minutes
300-075 CIPTV2 50-60 75 minutes
300-080 CTCOLLAB 55-65 75 minutes
300-085 CAPPS 55-65 75 minutes
CCNP Data Center 642-999 DCUCI* 65-75 90 minutes
Or Or Or
300-175 DCUCI 60-70 90 minutes
642-997 DCUFI* 65-75 90 minutes
Or Or Or
300-165 DCII 60-70 90 minutes
And And And
642-998 DCUCD* 65-75 90 minutes
And And And
642-996 DCUFD* 65-75 90 minutes
Or Or Or
300-160 DCID 60-70 90 minutes
Or Or Or
642-035 DCUCT* 65-75 90 minutes
And And And
642-980 DCUFT* 65-75 90 minutes
Or Or Or
300-180 DCIT 60-70 90 minutes
CCNP Routing and Switching 300-101 ROUTE 45-65 120 minutes
300-115 SWITCH 30-40 120 minutes
300-135 TSHOOT 15-25 120 minutes
CCNP Security 300-208 SISAS 55-65 90 minutes
300-206 SENSS 65-75 90 minutes
300-209 SIMOS 65-75 90 minutes
300-210 SITCS 65-75 90 minutes
CCNP Service Provider 642-883 SPROUTE 65-75 90 minutes
642-885 SPADVROUTE 65-75 90 minutes
642-887 SPCORE 65-75 90 minutes
642-889 SPEDGE 65-75 90 minutes
CCNP Wireless 300-360 WIDESIGN 60-70 90 minutes
300-365 WIDEPLOY 60-70 90 minutes
300-370 WITSHOOT 60-70 90 minutes
300-375 WISECURE 60-70 90 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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