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The Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) is an advanced professional-level Cisco certification. Credential holders demonstrate advanced skills in areas of network design concepts, building scalable internetworks, complex multi-layered enterprise architectures, and switched networks.

• Prerequisite Certification: Current Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA), or any Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification
• Recommended Years of Experience/Knowledge: 6 years


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Typical Job Titles for Certification Holders
Network Engineer/Sr. Network Engineer • Network Engineer, IT • Systems Engineer/Sr. Systems Engineer (Computer Networking/IT)

Typical Job Tasks
CCDP professionals perform advanced functions relating to design and creation of complex multilayer enterprise architectures and networks, including planning and building advanced switching solutions, multilayer switched networks, scalable internetworks, and network service architectures.

Salary Range
$43,945-$119,977 per Payscale.com

Next Logical Certification
Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)


This chapter examines a select number of topics on both advance IP addressing and design issues with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF).

Sean Wilkins

This article reviews the different functional areas and modules that were developed for Cisco's Network Architectures for the Enterprise.

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This article gives you an overview of the three network architectures developed by Cisco to help design networks flexible enough to deal with modern-day network requirements.

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This article gives an overview of the PPDIOO lifecycle, what happens at each stage, and what potential deliverables would be expected at each stage.

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In perusing the Cisco Learning pages this morning, I came across a wealth of "IT Careers" offerings, including a very nice set of videos (both instructor-led training and pre-recorded Webinars) that provide career guidance as well as certification prep content. In this blog post, I provide more information about what's available, along with some hopefully helpful links.

Jamie Shoup

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Test Track

Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) 642-902
     • Exam cost: $200 USD (or worldwide equivalent)
     • Exam overview from cisco.com
     • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification

Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) 642-813
     • Exam cost: $200 USD (or worldwide equivalent)
     • Exam overview from cisco.com
     • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification

Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH v2.1) 642-874
     • Exam cost: $150 USD (or worldwide equivalent)
     • Exam overview from cisco.com