About Registering for Exams
Register for Exams
Certification exams are offered at locations throughout the world. To register for an exam, contact Pearson VUE, the primary test delivery partner for Cisco, who will administer the exam in a secure, proctored environment. Cisco and Pearson VUE continue to lead the way to protect the value of your certification. We continually look for new and improved ways to protect personal investments in Cisco certifications and ensure that individuals who achieve certification possess the specified skills and knowledge.
How to Register for an Exam
1. Decide which exam to take, noting the exam name and number (XYZ-XYZ). To see a complete list of active exams please refer to the Current Exams and Exam Outlines webpage for exam details.
2. 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 - Cisco requires a valid email to send email reminders when a candidate's certification is about to expire, confirm the mailing address before shipping out the certificate and to inform candidates if their certificate was returned due to an incorrect address
- Method of payment
- If you have ever taken a Cisco exam before please locate your Cisco certification ID (for example, CSCO00000001) before continuing with your registration to avoid duplicate records and delays in receiving proper credit for your exams
3. Pearson VUE is the Cisco authorized test delivery partner. You can register online, by telephone, or by walk in (where available).
- In United States and Canada, visit Pearson VUE online or call Pearson VUE at 1-877-404-EXAM to register for an exam.
- Outside the United States and Canada, check Pearson VUE for more information.
- In the United States and Canada, exams may be scheduled up to six weeks in advance, and as late as the same day.
- Candidates must wait five (5) calendar days from the end of their first attempt before retaking the same exam. Refund policies vary by authorized test delivery partner.
- Read About Certifiation Exams for answers to frequently asked questions. Read "Certification Exam Policies" for specific policies and procedures.
- Please refer to "Exam Discounts, Vouchers and Promotional Codes" in the Certification Exam Policies page, if you plan on using a voucher or promotional code.
- Check "Current Exams and Exam Outlines" for more information about specific exams, including recertification exams.
- Review certification pages to learn about courses and materials available to prepare for exams.
- Written exam expiration (for CCIE and CCDE candidates): Candidates must make an initial attempt of the CCIE lab exam or CCDE practical exam within 18 months of passing the related written exam. Candidates who do not pass must reattempt the lab exam within 12 months of their last scored attempt in order for their written exam to remain valid. If a candidate does not pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, he or she must retake the written exam before being allowed to attempt the lab exam again.
- Contact Pearson VUE to request accommodations for Cisco Systems testing program.
What Do Exams Cost?
Computer-based certification exam (written exam) prices depend on scope and exam length. Please refer to the "Exam Pricing" webpage for details.
Pearson VUE Promotions
Cisco offers promotions from time to time that target different audiences and have differing rules and time limits. Eligible participants will receive an email invitation to participate. Please ensure that the Certification Tracking System and Pearson VUE have your correct email address.
- Candidates may take a beta exam only once.
- Candidates who fail an exam must wait for a period of five (5) calendar days, beginning the day after the failed attempt, before they can retest for the same exam.
- Candidates who fail any CCIE or CCDE written exam must wait for a period of fifteen (15) calendar days, beginning the day after the failed attempt, before retaking the same exam.
- Once the exam is passed, a candidate must wait a minimum of 180 days before taking the same exam with an identical exam number.
- Candidates who violate these policies are violating their certification agreement. Such conduct is strictly prohibited in the Certification and Confidentiality Agreement.