Cisco Data Center Certification

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Learn what skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started working as a data center infrastructure professional.

New certification requirements starting Feb 24, 2020. To view changes, click here.

There are three levels of Cisco Data Center certifications.

CCNA Data Center
CCNA Data Center certification provides the confidence and nimbleness you need to install, configure, and maintain data center technology. Gain grounding in data center infrastructure, data center networking concepts and technologies, storage networking, unified computing, network virtualization, data center automation and orchestration, and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).
Prerequisite
No prerequisites
Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
200-150 DCICN
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
200-155 DCICT
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking Technologies (DCICT)
OR
Cisco Data Center CCNA Bootcamp v6.2 (DCAABC)
Recertification
On Feb 24, 2020 the recertification policy will be changing.
CCNA Data Center certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current Associate-level exam except for ICND1 exam or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), 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
CCNP Data Center
The CCNP Data Center certification and training program offers comprehensive certification and Professional-level skills focused on the data center solutions, technologies and best practices to design, implement, and manage a modern data center infrastructure.
Prerequisite
Valid Cisco CCNA Data Center certification or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.
Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
300-175 DCUCI
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.2
AND
300-165 DCII
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.2
AND
300-170 DCVAI
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.2
AND
300-160 DCID
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v6.2
OR
300-180 DCIT
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) v6.2
Recertification
On Feb 24, 2020 the recertification policy will be changing.
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
CCIE Data Center
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Data Center (CCIE Data Center) certifies the expert-level skills required for the planning, design, implementation and management of complex, modern IT data center infrastructure.
Prerequisite
While there are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification, you are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the exam topics and are strongly encouraged to have eight years of job experience before attempting certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass the CCIE Data Center Written Exam, and then the corresponding CCIE Data Center Lab Exam.
Step One: CCIE Data Center Written Exam
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering concepts and equipment commands related to data center networking infrastructure, before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step Two: CCIE Data Center Lab Exam
CCIE Data Center Lab is a two-part eight-hour timed exam that tests the candidate’s skills in diagnosing, configuring and troubleshooting a complex data center topology. The candidate must make an initial attempt of the CCIE Lab Exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE written exam. Candidate must pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, otherwise the written exam needs to be retaken prior to retaking the lab exam.

The two parts to the eight-hour lab exam are to be taken in sequence during the day of the exam starting with Part 1, followed by Part 2 are:

Recertification
On Feb 24, 2020 the recertification policy will be changing.
CCIEs are required to recertify every two years.
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