Cisco® Certifications

Cisco Certifications and specialist qualifications are an IT industry standard used to validate knowledge of Cisco products and technologies. Cisco offers many levels and paths to help you succeed in your current and future career goals. Getting certified today brings measurable rewards and opens up further professional opportunities. For more details on our programs please visit

Exam types

Cisco offers the following two types of exams. The same Pearson VUE web account is used to schedule or purchase either type of exam.

Proctored exams delivered at a test center

Most Cisco certification exams are delivered in a proctored environment at a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center. To schedule a certification exam or locate a test center, use the links on this page under the Cisco logo.

Self-administered online exams

Cisco exams that begin with either a 650 or 700 exam code are self-administered and can be taken from anywhere you have an Internet connection. To purchase an online exam, visit the online exam testing page.

Test Scheduling

Appointments may be made in advance or on the day you wish to test, subject to availability. Use the links at the top of the page to sign into your web account and schedule your appointment online.

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Cisco Certification News

NEW Cisco Service Provider Mobility Certifications

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to migrate Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) or Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)-to Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks. Learn more »

NEW Cisco Evolves Associate-Level Certifications; Redesigns CCNA Routing and Switching Certification

Cisco announces the redesign of the Cisco Associate-level certification programs and the evolution of the CCNA® certification to CCNA Routing and Switching certification. Learn more »

Now Available On Demand: Cisco Professional-level Certifications Virtual Event

Learn about the benefits of Cisco Professional-level certifications in Data Center, Design, Security, Service Provider, Voice, Wireless, or Routing and Switching. Register now.

Retirement of CCIE Storage Networking Certification

The CCIE Storage Networking certification is scheduled to be retired. No new certifications will be issued as of July 1, 2013. Learn more »

CNA Data Center and CCNP Data Center Certifications Now Available

Study and register for the latest Cisco Data Center certifications. Learn more »

CCIE Security Written and Lab Exam v4.0 Now Available

Candidates can register now for the updated written and lab exam. Learn more »

CCIE Data Center Written Exam Availability

Review the latest exam topics and register now for the written exam. Learn more »

CCIE Security Written and Lab Exams v4.0

Prepare for the updated exams by viewing the latest written and lab exam topics v4.0. First administration of exams scheduled for November 2012. Learn more »

Cisco Announces New CCNP Service Provider Certification

Register for training courses and exams that focus on the latest core and intelligent edge technologies. Learn more »

Security Measures

Cisco and Pearson VUE continue their ongoing commitment to ensure the integrity of the Cisco certification program.  A preview of the Cisco candidate admission process and other security measures are available by viewing this video. Cisco policy prohibits individuals, residing in the embargoed territories of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan, from taking a Cisco test or from becoming certified. For further information on exam and test center policies, please visit the Cisco Certification Exam Policy webpage.

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Program Information


The Specialist designation certifies the expertise of experienced technical professionals. By earning specialist certifications, you can enhance your core networking knowledge in technologies such as security, IP Communications, and wireless.

Specialized Partner

The Cisco Channel Partner Program integrates the technology focus of each Cisco Partner Specialization with flexible individual career certification requirements, customer satisfaction targets, and pre- and post-sales support capabilities.

Account Manager

Cisco Account Manager exams verify the knowledge and skills of account managers and sales professionals who position Cisco solutions to their customers. Specific Cisco Account Manager exams are required for individuals interested in obtaining a Cisco Sales Expert designation or fulfilling sales oriented job roles within Cisco Partner Specializations.

Networking Academy

The Cisco Networking Academy Program provides skills students need to work in IT fields. The program offers Web-based content, online assessment, hand-on labs, instructor training, and preparation for industry certifications.

Networking Academy Vouchers and Promotion Codes

If you are new to testing with Pearson VUE, please make sure to have your Academy Connection ID and Academy Connection username available when you register for your exam. Your voucher or promotion code will not work without these two pieces of information.

If you have tested with Pearson VUE before, please contact customer service in your region or an authorized test center before continuing so that your profile is updated with your Academy Connection ID and Academy Connection username.

Cisco requires this information from all Networking Academy students in order for their test results to count toward certification. If you have questions, please refer to the email instructions you received from the Cisco Networking Academy.

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Test Preparation

Official Cisco Certification Practice Exam Bundles

Get the training and confidence you need with our new Cisco Prep + Test bundles! Pearson VUE now offers Cisco ICND1, ICND2 and CCNA exams bundled with Official Cisco Practice Exams at a discount to help give you the preparation edge you need to get ready for your Cisco exams. Conveniently purchase the practice exam and the corresponding exam when you register for your exam.
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Cisco Learning Partners

Maximize your training investment by selecting only Authorized Cisco Training delivered by a Cisco Authorized Learning Partner. Only Cisco Authorized Learning Partners deliver the latest Cisco curriculum and authorized training suited to your particular needs. Authorized training ensures you will gain the knowledge and expertise you need to be successful in today’s competitive IT business environment.

Cisco Press

Cisco Press is the only authorized publisher of books for Cisco certification self-study and network technology learning.


Pearson VUE’s online portal that brings together leading publishers, practice exam providers and other content experts to provide best-of-breed learning resources that help individuals prepare for career advancement.

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Last updated 2015-02-24