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Recertification Policy

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.

Recertification policy update

365体育手机投注All certification levels will have a three-year recertification requirement. Certified individuals will be able to recertify by completing continuing education activities, taking exams, or a combination of both.

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Three-year recertification requirement

Certification cycle

365体育手机投注All certification levels will have a three-year recertification requirement. Certified individuals will able to recertify by completing continuing education activities, taking exams, or a combination of both.

How to recertify

Certification holders must still register for and pass the appropriate Cisco recertification exam(s), but individuals can now also recertify by completing learning activities and earning continuing education points within those three years. 

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Recertification requirements

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. As always, you can recertify by advancing to the next level of certifications, using continuing education credits or a combination of both.

Certification Level & Duration

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Exam and Continuing Education Options

365体育手机投注Associate – 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 – 3 years
  • Pass any one professional concentration exam
  • Pass one technology core exam
  • Pass one CCIE lab exam
  • Earn 40 CE credits
Professional – 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 or;
  • Earn 80 CE credits
CCIE – 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 – 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

Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) certifications are valid for five years. CCAr will remain certified as long as they continue to contribute to maintaining the Cisco Certified Architect Certification program. Current recertification policies require Cisco Certified Architects to complete qualifying events within the 24 months preceding the expiration deadline.

 

Qualifying events include:
  • Contribution to the development lifecycle
  • Significant participation in the creation of new exam content or
  • Significant review/refinement of existing content or
  • Involvement in future direction of the program
  • Participation as a judge in a candidate evaluation
  • Application review/interview for TWO (2) candidates (in the case where the candidate's application IS NOT approved to progress to the board review) or
  • Application review/interview and in-person board review for ONE (1) candidate (in the case where the candidate's application IS approved to progress to the board review)
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Important reminders

  • Cisco does not provide extensions
  • It is your responsibility to recertify on time
  • We send renewal email reminders to the email address in your Certification Tracking System profile
  • It is your resposibility to keep your email address up to date.
  • Always review the 5-day exam retake policy before scheduling any exam.