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CCAr - Board Exam Overview

Created on: Apr 14, 2011 6:30 PM by Adrie: Certifications Community Mgr. - Last Modified:  Sep 7, 2011 4:57 AM by Adrie: Certifications Community Mgr.

CCAr® Board Exam Overview

The Cisco Certified Architect Board Exam recognizes the architectural expertise of network designers who can support the increasingly complex networks of global organizations and effectively translate business strategies into evolutionary technical strategies.

Exam Topics

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About the Board Exam

The Cisco Certified Architect Board Exam requires qualified candidates to develop and defend a network architecture that can effectively support a given set of realistic business requirements.  Candidates first submit an application summarizing their project experience and other qualifications and are interviewed by the Cisco-designated Architecture Board team members.  Once approved, candidates will be given an architecture challenge and will meet live with Board members to answer questions and defend their design.

Exam Availability

Board examinations are held one or two times a year, as demand requires.  Due to the intensive evaluation process, only one or two candidates are accepted for each examination period.  View the CCAr Certification Timeline for more information on exam availability.


The total cost of the CCAr Board Exam is US $15,000 and is paid in two parts.  An initial fee of US$3,750 is paid to review the candidate’s qualifications and conduct the initial interview.  Once approved, candidates submit a final fee of US$11,250.00 to receive the architecture challenge documentation and schedule a live Board Review.

Exam Location

Currently, the exam is only offered in one preselected U.S. location each time it is administered.  Qualified candidates will be provided additional information at the appropriate time.

Board Exam Results

Exams are scored by the Architect Board members according to predefined rubrics based on the posted Board Exam Topics.  Candidates receive a Pass or Fail score and are notified by email no later than 14 business days after the live Board Review.  Candidates with a passing score immediately become Cisco Certified Architects and receive their official certificate in the mail within 30 days.


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