Cisco Certified Design Professional – CCDP

by Mirek Burnejko

CCDPThe CCDP certifications from Cisco covers advanced topics about the best practices with design and implementation of Cisco networks.

It is an unique IT certification that concentrates only on design topics. Huawei and Juniper at this moment don’t provide similar certifications, but we should see something about design from these both companies in the near future.

The best way to become a CCDP certified is to pass first the CCNP exams, but if you want you can start from 0. Let’s look what we should do to achieve a professional level in the Cisco design world.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become a CCDP

You must pass three exams: ROUTE (642-902), SWITCH (642-813) and ARCH 642-874.

You must also have two other IT certifications:

The ROUTE and SWITCH exams are required for the CCNP Routing and Switching certification. Just read this post to find all information about these two exams. In this article I concentrate only on the ARCH exam.

Format of the CCDP Exam

All the exams are normal, computer-based test. On the ARCH exam you have 75 minutes to answer 60 multiple-choice questions.

Where You Can Pass the CCDP Exam

You can pass all the exams in one of the Pearson VUE centers. If you are preparing for CCDP, this isn’t your first test, so you should know how to register to the exam.

How Much Does the CCDP Exam Cost

The ARCH exam costs $200. ROUTE and SWITCH also cost $200 each.

How To Renew your CCDP Certification

The CCDP certification is valid for 3 years.
Before the date of expiration you must pass one of these exams:

Scope of the CCDP Exam

  • Design advanced enterprise campus networks
  • Design advanced IP addressing and routing solutions for enterprise networks
  • Design WAN services for enterprise networks
  • Design an enterprise data center
  • Design security services
  • More in this official document (you need a free login to Cisco Learning Network)

How To Prepare to the CCDP Exam

Success Story

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Examples of Job Opportunities



Questions and Answers

Q: Do I need the CCDP certification for the CCDE (expert) certification?
A: No. Similar to CCIE. You do not need to have an associate certification or any professional certification to pass and achieve the CCDE certification.

Q: Why you do not recommend any trainings? I’ve heard that Cisco PEC (Partner Education Connection) has a great video training.
A: If you have an access to PEC, of course you can use it (you must work for a Cisco’s partner). The actual version of the PEC ARCH materials are valid for the last version of the CCDP exam. The best way to prepare is to use an actual book that covers are topics.