CCIE Data Center Certification and Training

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Introducing the new CCIE Data Center certification

Distinguish yourself as a leader in Data Center technologies

Achieving CCIE Data Center certification proves your skills with complex data center solutions. To earn CCIE Data Center certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core data center technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers data center networks through the entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Exams and recommended training

To earn CCIE Data Center, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam and hands-on lab exam.

Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam

Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR 350-601)

The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure.

The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

Recommended training:
Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)

Step 2: Pass the lab exam

CCIE Data Center v3.0

This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex data center networks, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

Check out the latest CCIE lab exam testing facility availability here.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Data Center, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.

CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing data center technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.

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Exam prep programs

Your exam, your way. The CCIE BYOD Mobile Lab is here!

The CCIE Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) lab allows CCIE exam candidates to take the lab, using their own devices (laptop, monitor, keyboard, mouse), at expanded locations and dates. The BYOD Mobile Lab exam fee is $1600 USD, a $300 USD savings compares to the $1900 USD Cisco kit mobile lab exam fee. The CCIE BYOD Mobile Lab is open for registration.

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CCIE Practice Labs

Get hands-on practice for your CCIE lab exam before you take the test. For $50 USD, you can rent four-hour timeslots and practice using topologies similar that you’ll see in the lab exam.

Wear your certification pride with CCIE and CCDE shirts, jackets, and other goodies personalized with your name and certification number.


CCIE Data Center certification is valid for three years.

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