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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There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required.
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.
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:
For more information, access the CCIE Recertification.
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