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 CCNP Security SITCS Course and Exam Revised to v1.5

The CCNP Security SITCS course and exam have been updated with the removal of older technologies, and adds coverage for both Cisco FirePOWER NGIPS (Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System) and Cisco AMP (Advanced Malware Protection). Get more details on the CCNP Security SITCS course and exam.

NEW Updated CCIE Security Written and Lab Exam v5.0

The new CCIE Security v5.0 introduces the latest technologies and solutions such as NGIPS, AMP, APIC-EM, and Information Exchange. The updated curriculum utilizes the new modular and unified exam topics format including assessment of evolving technologies. Get more details on the CCIE Security Written and Lab Exam v5.0.

NEW Cisco Global Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

Learn how you can get the skills needed for the role of a security analyst working in a security operations center by applying for the Cisco Global Cybersecurity Scholarship program and earn your CCNA Cyber Ops certification. Apply now for the Global Cybersecurity Scholarship program.

CCNA Routing and Switching Updated: Networking Skills for the Real World

As digital transformation is forcing enterprises to adopt programmable network architectures, the expertise required of core network engineers is evolving. To meet this demand, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification has been updated. Beyond basic networking skills, the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum will expose IT professionals to software driven networking principles, virtualized networking functions and resources, IPv6, VPN technologies, QoS and the power of next generation technologies. Learn more about the CCNA Routing and Switching update.

Revised CCNP Wireless Certification Prepares for Digitization

The Cisco CCNP Wireless certification training and exams have been revised to prepare you with the skills needed to enable digital transformation and address the wireless technology expertise that will be needed throughout the spectrum of your career. Learn more about the revised CCNP Wireless Certification Prepares for Digitization.

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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 Networking Academy ID and Networking Academy 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 Networking Academy ID and Networking Academy 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

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 2016-10-03