Cisco Certification Guide

Learn about the different levels of Cisco certification.

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There are two areas of Cisco certification: network installation and support, and network engineering and design. Each is offered at three levels of certification: Associate, Professional and Expert. Keep reading to find out which one is best for you.

Associate Level Cisco Certification

CCNA certifications are designed for those who want to be able to install, configure and operate LAN, WAN, and dial-up service for small networks. CCDA is geared towards candidates who want to be able to design these types of networks.

  • CCNA
  • CCNA WAN Switching
  • CCDA

Professional Level Cisco Certification

At the professional level, Cisco offers CCNP and CCNP WAN Switching certification designed for those who want to install, configure and operate LAN, WAN, and dial-up service for larger networks. CCDP and CCDP LAN Switching are offered for candidates who want to design these types of networks.

  • CCNP
  • CCNP WAN Switching

Expert Level Cisco Certification

At the expert level, Cisco offers CCIE Routing and Switching, CCIE SNA/IP Integration, CCIE ISP Dial, and CCIE WAN switching designed for those who want to operate highly complex network environments with specific protocols. CCIE Design is offered for candidates who want to design routed and switched networks with a very high degree of specialization.

  • CCIE Routing and Switching
  • CCIE SNA/IP Integration
  • CCIE ISP Dial
  • CCIE WAN switching

Cisco Certification Exam

A Cisco certification is earned when a candidate passes one or more exams (some of the more advanced Cisco certifications also require lab work). Students can prepare for the exams in a number of ways, including instructor-led training, online training, self-study and real world experience. Check with Cisco for current exam requirements for certification.