Cisco Routing & Switching Certification

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Learn the real-world skills that allow information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) professionals to ensure that their current infrastructures are maximized while developing a converged platform for flexibility to support future business outcomes.

Routing and Switching certifications expire Feb 24, 2020. View new certifications here.

There are three levels to the Cisco Routing & Switching certification.

CCNA Routing & Switching
To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification will not only prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensure you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next generation technologies.
Prerequisite
No prerequisites
Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
200-125 CCNA
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX)
OR
100-105 ICND1
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
AND
200-105 ICND2
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)
Recertification
CCNA Routing and Switching 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 Routing & Switching
The CCNP Routing and Switching certification is appropriate for those with at least one year of networking experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions. Those who achieve CCNP Routing and Switching have demonstrated the skills required in enterprise roles such as network engineer, support engineer, systems engineer or network technician.
Prerequisite
Valid Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.
Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
300-101 ROUTE
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
300-115 SWITCH
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)
300-135 TSHOOT
(Last date to test: Feb 23, 2020)
Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT)
Recertification
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 Routing & Switching
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching (CCIE Routing and Switching) certifies the skills required of expert-level network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructure.
Prerequisite
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.
Step One: CCIE Routing & Switching Written Exam
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam, which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step Two: CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Exam
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to configure actual equipment and troubleshoot the network in a timed test situation. You must make an initial attempt at the CCIE lab exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE 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 you do not pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, you must retake the written exam before being allowed to attempt the lab exam again.

Recertification
CCIEs are required to recertify every two years.
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