Cisco Certified Design Expert

Next Level Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)

The Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) is for expert-level network design engineers, expert-level network leads of IT infrastructure teams, and expert-level network leads of architecture teams working in job roles that require them to translate business needs, budget, and operational constraints into the design of a converged solution.

New exams go live on February 24, 2020

Network engineers holding an active CCDE certification are recognized for their expert-level knowledge and skills in network infrastructure design. The deep technical networking knowledge required for CCDE certification ensures that experts are well-qualified to address the most technically challenging network infrastructure design assignments.

Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)


CCDE certification identifies networking professionals with expert-level knowledge and skills in network design.


No prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for CCDE. No specific training or other professional certifications are required.

Required Exam(s)

CCDE Written Exam

The 2-hour, written qualification exam covers network design in the areas of routing, tunneling, Quality of Service (QoS), management, cost, capacity, and security. You must pass the written exam before you are eligible to schedule the CCDE practical exam.

CCDE Practical Exam

The 8-hour Practical exam tests your ability to perform design analysis, justify design requirements, and develop a design implementation based on best practices. Only candidates that have a passing score on the CCDE Written Exam may register for the CCDE Practical Exam.


CCIEs are required to recertify every two years.