Cisco CCDE

CCDE™ (Cisco Certified Design Expert) assesses advanced Network Infrastructure Design Principles and Fundamentals for large networks. A CCDE can demonstrate an ability to develop solutions which address planning, design, integration, optimization, operations, security and ongoing support focused at the infrastructure level for customer networks. Learn more about CCDE certification from Cisco.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCDE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required.


Exams: It is expected that the candidate will have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints, a minimum of seven years job experience, and a thorough understanding of networking infrastructure principles.

CCDE Written Exam: 352-001 ADVDESIGN
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam, which covers advanced networking infrastructure design principles and concepts. Once you pass the qualification exam, you are them eligible to schedule the practical exam.

CCDE Practical Exam
The CCDE practical exam is still in development; however, it will be an eight-hour exam that will test your ability to identify, manage, and create advanced solutions for large scale networks. You must pass the lab within three years of passing the written exam in order to achieve certification.

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CCDE Self-Study Resources from Cisco Press

CCDE Quick Reference