Policies, Reference, and Tools
This section is a quick reference for the policies, reference and tools related to the Cisco Career Certifications program.
Consult this section for details about Cisco Career Certification exams: associate, professional, expert level certifications and Specialist certifications. You will find detailed information about the exams, how to register, exam policies, as well as up-to-date exam lists and access to details about CCIE exams.
— Learn the basics about written certification exams such as typical duration, types of questions, legal agreements, cost, and scheduling.
Beta Exams — Each written exam version is offered first in beta form at a discounted cost of US$50. Beta exams are scheduled just like other written exams and are available at all worldwide testing locations. A passing grade on the beta qualifies a candidate to schedule the lab exam. Results, however, are typically not available until 8 to 12 weeks after the close of the beta. A candidate may attempt the beta exam only once during the beta period.
Registering for Exams
— Learn how to register for Cisco Career Certification exams at locations throughout the world provided by authorized test delivery partners.
— Details about CCIE written and lab exams including exam preparation suggestions, exam blueprints, lab exam policies, the mandatory recertification requirement, and FAQs.
— All currently available Cisco Career Certification exams are listed by certification along with detailed exam descriptions.
Certification Exam Tutorial
— Learn how exam types function in Cisco Career Certification exams. Before taking the exam, candidates should become familiar with how all exam types function-especially the testlet, simlet, and the simulation tool. Such practice will allow candidates to focus their exam-taking efforts on the exam questions rather than on how to correctly use the tools. The tutorial below familiarizes users with the software tools used in Cisco Career Certification exams.
Retired Certification Exams
— Consult this list for information about retired and soon-to-retire certification exams, as well as their corresponding replacements.