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CCNP® Data Center Certification

For business services and technology architects, and presales, design, and implementation engineers who want to save time and money on their data center design, installation, and maintenance, the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification is a job-role-focused training and certification program that allows you to maximize your investment in your education and increase the value of your data center network.


Unlike other data center education and certification opportunities, our data center professional-level certification programs allow you to choose a concentration for your data center education according to your job role or function. Because of our experience with our existing certification and education programs and leadership in the data center equipment market, Cisco can provide a comprehensive program to address the key areas of data center network implementation and maintenance.








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CCNP Data Center Prerequisite

CCNA Data Center or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.


Exams & Recommended Training

NOTE: Other data center certification exams can be applied towards the CCNP Data Center certification. Please visit the exam combination tool for more details.


Required Exam(s)

Recommended Training

642-999 DCUCI v5.0

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v5.0

642-997 DCUFI v5.0

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) v5.0


642-998 DCUCD v5.0

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD) v5.0

642-996 DCUFD v5.0

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) v5.0


642-035 DCUCT v5.0

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCT) v5.0

642-980 DCUFT v5.0

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT) v5.0




CCNP Data Center

Cisco professional level certifications are valid for three years.


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

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written 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.


    Achieving or recertifying any of the certifications above automatically extends your active Associate and Professional level certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved. For more information, access the Cisco About Recertification page.


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