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CCIE® Data Center Certification

 

CCIE Data Center certifies the expert-level skills required to plan, prepare, operate, monitor, and troubleshoot complex Cisco Data Center networks. Professionals who achieve CCIE Data Center have demonstrated their technical skills at the highest level.

 

Candidates are expected to have in-depth understanding of the topics on the blueprint and strongly encouraged to have at least 3–5 years of job experience before attempting certification.

 

 

 

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Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required.

Required Steps to Attain Certification

Candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification. You can review the exam preparation materials included on this page for more information.

Steps to Certification

Step One: CCIE Data Center Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

 

 

Step Two: CCIE Data Center Lab Exam

The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation. You must pass the lab within three years of passing the written to achieve certification. Your first lab attempt must be made within 18 months.

 

 

 

Recertification

CCIE certifications are valid for two years and must be recertified every two years thereafter.

 

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

 

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR CCIE Lab Exam or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.

 

CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.

 

Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.


For more information, access the CCIE Recertification.

 

 

 

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