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Cisco Certified Design Expert CCDE

Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE )

The Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) is for expert-level network design engineers, expert-level network leads of IT infrastructure teams, and expert-level network leads of architecture teams working in job roles that require them to translate business needs, budget, and operational constraints into the design of a converged solution. The CCDE curriculum prepares designers to develop design solutions at the infrastructure level for large customer networks.

To earn the Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) certification you have to pass two exams:

  • CCDE Written Exam (352-001 CCDE)
    The 2-hour, written qualification exam covers network design in the areas of routing, tunneling, Quality of Service (QoS), management, cost, capacity, and security. You must pass the written exam before you are eligible to schedule the CCDE practical exam.
  • CCDE Practical Exam
    The 8-hour Practical exam tests your ability to perform design analysis, justify design requirements, and develop a design implementation based on best practices.

Only candidates that have a passing score on the CCDE Written Exam may register for the CCDE Practical Exam.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCDE. No specific training or other professional certifications are required.

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