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Cisco Certified Design Expert
CCDE ™ Certification

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The Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) certification identifies networking professionals who have expert-level knowledge and skills in network design. CCDE certification emphasizes network design principles and theory at the infrastructure level. This prestigious credential recognizes expertise of network designers who can support the increasingly complex networks of global organizations by effectively translating business strategies into evolutionary technical strategies.

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CCDE—News & Announcements

The Retake Policy for CCIE and CCDE Written Exams has been revised and will go into effect beginning August 2, 2014. Learn More.

The Retake Policy for CCIE Lab Exams has been revised and will go into effect beginning August 2, 2014. Learn More.

Cisco CCDE Practical Exams Now Delivered at all 275 PPC Locations Worldwide—Take your CCDE practical exam at any Pearson Professional Center.Learn More

Cisco CCDE Practical Exam Results Delivered Faster—Review the updated score reporting process for the CCDE practical exam.Learn More

The Essentials of CCDE certification is now available in an on-demand format. Access now

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CCDE Video Data Sheet

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CCDE Video Data Sheet

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How to Prepare for the CCDE

Watch a candid exchange between Ethan Banks of Packet Pushers and a few CCDE gaints.


  • Part I - Introduction (10:11 min)
  • Part II - The CCDE Exam (12:33 min)
  • Part III - How to Prepare for the CCDE   (8:37 min)

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Learn More About CCDE
See one of the following VODs specifically created to provide you with information on the certification and hear from the program team on what Cisco is trying to accomplish with the new CCDE program.

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What do I need to prepare for the qualification exam?
Try the Practical Exam Demo

There are no prerequisites to participate in the qualification exam, begin here to understand what is tested.

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The Practical Exam showcases an innovative approach to assess network design knowledge and skills through computer based testing. Give it a try online and join in the discussion.

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