There are no formal prerequisites for CCDE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required.
Candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding practical exam.
You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints, a minimum of seven years job experience, and a thorough understanding of networking infrastructure principles. You can review the exam preparation materials included on this page for more information.
Steps to Certification
Step One: CCDE Written Exam
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam which covers advanced networking infrastructure design principles and concepts. Once you pass the qualification exam, you are them eligible to schedule the practical exam.
Step Two: CCDE Practical Exam
The CCDE practical exam an eight-hour exam that will test your ability to identify, manage, and create advanced solutions for large scale networks. You must pass the practical exam within three years of passing the written exam in order to achieve certification. Your first lab attempt must be made within 18 months.
Expert-level certifications are valid for two years and must be recertified every two years thereafter.
For more information, access the How to Recertify page.
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