CCAr® Certification Application & Board Exam Information
NOTE: You must be a CCDE Certified individual to begin the application process.
Step 1 – Application and Interview
- Begin process by submitting non-refundable Application (Step 1) payment - $3,750 USD — Submit Application Payment Now
- After payment has been processed, candidate will be contacted via email (using the address provided during the CCDE Practical Exam Registration) with information about how to submit resume, summary of a finalized architecture, and supporting information. Candidates shall not submit project summary information related to any classified projects. Submission of classified project summary information will be cause for immediate disqualification.
- Once the resume, project summary, and supporting information have been submitted, candidate will be contacted to schedule a telephone interview.
- Cisco Certified Architect team and candidate will conduct telephone interview to discuss background and project submission.
- Candidate will be scored based on submission and interview.
- Judges will determine if candidate is accepted into the program. Judges will consider the following criteria when evaluating an application for the CCAr exam:
- Level of interaction with executive management
- Level of involvement in translating business requirements to functional requirements and resolving conflicting requirements
- Level of awareness and control of project budget, and the impact of budget constraints on architectural decisions
- Breadth and complexity of the projects in which the applicant has been involved
- Ability of applicant to articulate (written and verbal) rationale for architectural decisions in the project
- Congruence between applicant’s application materials and phone interview performance
- Ability to respond to technical questions related to the projects
- Candidate will be notified of the results within 14 calendar days following the Application Interview. If candidate is accepted, a date and location for the Board Exam will be scheduled, and candidate will receive approval to proceed to Step 2; if candidate is not accepted, the board will provide guidelines for when candidate may re-apply.
Step 2 – Architectural Challenge and Board Exam
Candidate can schedule the board exam anytime after he/she has completed Step 1 and has paid in full. Board exams will be administered once per quarter based upon limited availability.
- Begin process by submitting non-refundable Board Exam (Step 2) payment - $11,250 USD — Submit Board Exam Payment Now
- Candidate will receive Architectural Challenge documents. The documents contain a scenario in which the candidate will need to develop and defend a network architecture that can effectively support a given set of business requirements.
- Candidate will prepare and submit a solution to the Architectural Challenge within 21 calendar days of receipt of materials. During this period the candidate can interact with the board (i.e., request further documents and/or information). If the board feels the request is appropriate, they will provide the additional information to the candidate.
- Once the board receives the submission, the response will be scored according to defined rubrics and will be used for preparation for the in-person board exam.
- Candidate will appear before the board (panel of three judges). The board exam will consist of the following steps:
a. Candidate will present and defend the Architectural Challenge solution
b. Candidate will respond to questions from the board
c. Candidate will receive a scope change to the original Architectural Challenge
d. Candidate will create solution based on new requirements
e. Candidate will present and defend new solution
- Judges will consider the following criteria when evaluating the scenario solution and board presentation and defense:
- Architecture to meet business needs, goals and directions, in an elegant solution
- Ability to recognize stated and implied requirements, and elicit any missing yet required information
- Ability to use knowledge of the business to prioritize requirements and resolve conflicting or unrealistic requirements
- Complete understanding of the existing network and how it supports the business
- Ability to consider all aspects of a problem and produce sound rough estimates
- Understanding of risks involved on the architecture
- Familiarity with budgetary constraints and its impact on the business
- Ability to identify impact of proposed changes on the business, from a business requirements, budgetary, technical design, technology decisions, and feasibility stand points
- Functional specifications meet scalability, performance, manageability, complexity and cost requirements in an elegant fashion
- Ability to create a roadmap which will successfully migrate from the current to the desired state
- Ability to identify risk and impacts on the migration plan, and risk abatement strategies
- Ability to identify and compensate for points at the migration plan which are difficult to implement and make correct assignments
- Ability to influence business and technical audiences, responding to challenges and criticisms, through presentation and rationale, on business problems, requirements, constraints, and risks
- Ability to describe tradeoffs for a wide array of technologies and design options
- Candidate will be notified of the results within 21 calendar days following the Board Exam.
Additional CCAr® Exam information
Register for Board ExamThe CCAr® Board Exam is offered exclusively by Cisco. A testing provider is not used to administer the exam.
- Gather personal information prior to exam registration
- Legal name (from government issued ID)
- Cisco Certification ID (i.e. CSCO00000001) or Test ID number
- Company name
- Valid email address
- Method of payment
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