Cisco Recertification Policy

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Recertification is an important indicator to you and your employer that you have kept up with current technology trends and validated your skills at the rigorous level of the original certification exam.

The new Cisco recertification policy (effective Feb 24, 2020) provides a flexible alternative option to meet recertification requirements. This new approach encourages candidates to diversify their skill sets and provides multiple paths for maintaining their certifications.

Cisco Recertification Policy

Certification holders must still register for and pass the appropriate Cisco recertification exam(s), but individuals can now also recertify by completing continuing education activities and earning points within those three years. As always, you can recertify by advancing to the next level of certifications as well. Certification must be met prior to the certification expiration date. Individuals with expired certification(s) must repeat the entire certification exam process in order to regain their certification(s) status.

Visit the Cisco Career Certifications Tracking System to check the status of your certification(s).

Specific CCIE recertification requirements can be found here.

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Recertification requirements effective February 24, 2020:

Certification Level Duration Examination only Examination and Continuing Education Continuing Education only
Associate Recertification 3 years
  • Pass any one Associate exam
  • Pass any one professional concentration exam
  • Pass one technology core exam
  • Pass one CCIE lab exam
Earn 30 CE credits
Specialist Recertification 3 years
  • Pass any one professional concentration exam
  • Pass one technology core exam
  • Pass one CCIE lab exam
Earn 40 CE credits
Professional Recertification 3 years
  • Pass one technology core exam
  • Pass any two professional concentration exams
  • Pass one CCIE lab exam
  • Pass any one professional concentration exam and earn 40 CE credits
Earn 120 CE credits
CCIE Recertification 3 years
  • Pass any one expert-level certification exam
  • Pass any one CCIE lab exam
  • Pass any three professional concentration exams
  • Pass one technology core exam and pass any one professional concentration exam.
    (This is also a CCNP certification if done in the same track.)
  • Pass one technology core exam and earn 40 CE credits
  • Pass any two professional concentration exams and earn 40 CE credits
  • Pass any one professional concentration exam and earn 80 CE credits
Earn 120 CE credits
CCDE Recertification 3 years
  • Pass any one expert-level certification exam
  • Pass any one CCIE lab exam
  • Pass the CCDE Practical Exam.
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review.
  • Pass any three professional concentration exams
  • Pass one technology core exam and pass any one professional concentration exam.
  • Pass one technology core exam and earn 40 CE credits
  • Pass any two professional concentration exams and earn 40 CE credits
  • Pass any one professional concentration exam and earn 80 CE credits
Earn 120 CE credits
Architect 5 years N/A N/A

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Resources

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