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Advanced Cisco data center knowledge and skills

The CCNP Data Center certification validates the professional-level Cisco data center expertise required of business services architects, technology architects, pre-sales engineers, design engineers, and implementation engineers who have three to five years of experience. It designates your solid foundation in installing, configuring, and maintaining Cisco data centers.

Achieving CCNP Data Center certification enables data center professionals to save time and money on data center equipment design, installation, and maintenance and to maximize the data center network's value.

To achieve CCNP Data Center certification, you must pass four exams: both implementation exams and either both design exams or both troubleshooting exams.


3-5 years data center experience and the following level of experience or equivalent knowledge is recommended: 

CCNA Data Center


CCNA-DC - CCNA Data Center Boot Camp

DCICN - Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking v1.0

DCICT - Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies v1.0

Required Exams

Both implementation exams and either both design exams or both troubleshooting exams are required.


  • 642-997 DCUFI
  • 642-999 DCUCI



  • 642-998 DCUCD
  • 642-996 DCUFD



  • 642-980 DCUFT
  • 642-035 DCUCT

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Cisco expert-level certifications are valid for 24 months. To recertify you must pass one of the following:

  • Any current CCIE written or lab exam
  • Current CCDE written or practical exam
  • Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview and board review


Visit Cisco's site for additional recertification information.