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Cisco CCNP Data Center Certification

Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center certification

The CCNP Data Center certification and training program offers comprehensive certification and Professional-level skills focused on the in-depth data center solutions and technologies needed to design, implement, and manage a complex, modern data center infrastructure.

In-demand IT professionals focused on data center requirements continue to be presented with an ever-increasing and evolving set of responsibilities for which an agile data center is foundational to rapid application deployment, delivery of successful business outcomes and customer satisfaction.

Key areas of focus include data center networking, unified computing, virtualization, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), and data center automation and orchestration.


Valid Cisco CCNA Data Center certification or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.

Required Exams and Recommended training

Required Exams Recommended Training
300-175 DCUCI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)
300-165 DCII Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)
300-170 DCVAI Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)
300-160 DCID Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)
300-180 DCIT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)


Cisco Professional-level certifications (CCDP, CCNP Cloud, CCNP Collaboration, CCNP Data Center, CCNP Routing and Switching, CCNP Security, CCNP Service Provider, and CCNP Wireless) are valid for three years.To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

When using a higher level of certification to extend other certifications, the expiration date of other certifications will extend to the expiration date of the higher certification (i.e.: If you have one year left on your CCNA certification and you earn a CCIE certification (which has a two-year certification life) then both your CCIE certification and your CCNA certification will expire two years from the date you achieved the CCIE certification).

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