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A flexible recertification program for current CCIE and CCDE certified individuals

The Cisco Continuing Education Program is a new flexible recertification program specifically designed for current Cisco CCIE or CCDE certified individuals. The program is intended to encourage candidates to diversify and expand their skill sets by training on other Cisco technologies, making them more valuable to their organization and the industry as a whole while maintaining the integrity of the Cisco brand.

This change to CCIE and CCDE recertification reflects the diversification required by today’s CCIE and CCDE’s and rewards them for their continued investment in knowledge and skills acquisition.

The new program is based on three principles - flexibility, diversity and integrity.

  • Flexibility – The program provides existing Cisco CCIE’s and CCDE’s with an alternative option for recertifying their CCIE or CCDE Certification, retaking the written exam will no longer be the only option. 
  • Diversity – Recertification can be achieved through attending a variety of certification and product courses as well as content authoring, attendance of Cisco Live offerings and completion of online courses.
  • Integrity - All claims of courses attendance will be verified by the delivering Cisco Authorized Learning Partner.


Important Resources:

Continuing Education Program - Course Catalog

Continuing Education Program - Portal Login

Continuing Education Program - FAQs

Continuing Education Program - Terms and Conditions



The Continuing Education Program is only available to individuals with Expert-Level certifications in Active or Suspend status. 

The Continuing Education Program is also available for candidates with Emeritus status as described on the CCIE Emeritus website except for the following:

  • Candidates in Emeritus status who are required to pass both a written exam and a lab to become active again
  • Candidates who achieved Emeritus status by earning Business Transformation certifications as described on the CCIE website


Effective Date:

Beginning June 6, 2017, any Expert-Level certification holder can choose from a list of pre-approved continuing Education Program offerings to earn credits towards recertification. Please note courses taken before the June 6, 2017 are not eligible.


How do you enroll in the program?

  1. Log in to, agrees to the terms and conditions and enroll in the program.
  2. You will then need to accumulate and report the 100 credits required before the certification expires.
  3. The candidate pays the continuing education administrative fee before the certification expires. This fee is $300.


How do I accrue credits?

Credits can be accrued via a variety of activities – course attendance, Cisco Live training, and content authoring.

Expert-level certification holders can log in to Click on ‘Item Catalogue’ to view the pre-approved courses and offerings available to earn the required credits. You can customize your search based on the search options provided.


How do I enter my credits in the Continuing Education Program portal?

Log in to the portal and follow these steps to submit credits for validation:

Step 1: Click Submit Items.
Step 2: Complete the Item Name, Select Provider, Start Date, and Completion Date fields.
Step 3: Check the Terms and Conditions check box.
Step 4: Click Submit.

Once the points claim has been submitted the learning provider selected, will be contacted and asked to verify course attendance. Once this have been confirmed the points will be awarded.

Please note

  • The Cisco Continuing Education Advisory Board reviews the offerings catalogue on a quarterly basis and updates it as necessary. We encourage candidates periodically to review the catalogue for any updates.
  • Credits will not be granted if candidates pursue any items outside of the ones specified in the catalogue.
  • Content authoring and Cisco Live Training credits are capped - 20 credits for content authoring and 70 credits for Cisco Live Training.  


How long are the credits valid for?

  • Credits, once earned, will be valid for three  years from the date they were earned, as long as they do not meet either of the criteria described here:
    • Credits will expire if a new recertification cycle starts, either by passing an exam or recertifying some other credential.
    • Credits will expire if your certification becomes inactive before completing the Continuing Education requirements.
  • Credits earned for a given course can only be counted once within the recertification cycle. Repeating the same course will not count towards recertification credits.
  • Credits, once used, cannot be reused for any other certification track or level.
  • Credits must be used (1) before they expire, or (2) during the certification cycle in which they were earned, whichever occurs earlier.


Global Knowledge is delighted to be one of the Authorized Learning Partners involved in this program and will be offering the full range of courses listed within the Continuing Education Catalogue.

Please contact your Global Knowledge account manager for more information or visit the program page on for additional details. 

Authorized Cisco Training Partner