Cisco Recertification Policy
Cisco Certifications are active for three years from the date certification is achieved, the only exceptions to this are the new entry-level Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) which are valid for a lifetime and do not have an expiration date.
Recertification is required within the three year validity period. Each time the recertification requirements are met the certification active/expiration status is extended for another 3 years.
It is important to remember that:
- Recertification can occur at any time during the active period by advancing to the next level of certifications, earning continuing education credits, or a combination of both.
- Recertification requirements must be met prior to the certification expiration date.
- Failure to recertify within the 3 year active period means that Individuals with expired certification(s) must complete the full examination process again to earn an active status.
To recertify certification holders have the following options:
- Pass the appropriate Cisco recertification exam(s)
- Gain a higher level certification, which automatically renews existing certifications.
- Obtain the required number of Continuing Education (CE) Credits within the three year period.
Continuing education credits can be gained by:
- Completing an ILT Training Course.
- Completing an online Training Course.
- Attending Cisco Live Training Sessions.
- Authoring of Exam Items.
- A mix of passing exams and completing Continuing Education activities.
Further details on the Continuing Education Program can be found here.