Achieving CCNP Data Center certification proves your skills with data center solutions. To earn CCNP Data Center certification, you pass two exams: one that covers core data center technologies and one data center concentration exam of your choice, so you can customize your certification to your technical area of focus.
Exams and recommended training
To earn CCNP Data Center, you pass two exams: a core exam and a data center concentration exam of your choice. And now every exam in the CCNP Data Center program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.
- The core exam focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure. The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Data Center certification. Passing this exam helps toward earning both of these certifications.
- Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking their corresponding Cisco training courses.
|Required exam||Recommended training|
|350-601 DCCOR||Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)|
Concentration exams (choose one):
|300-610 DCID||Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)|
|300-615 DCIT||Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)|
|300-620 DCACI||Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)|
|300-625 DCSAN||Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS)|
|300-635 DCAUTO||Implementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI)|
There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Data Center, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.
CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing data center solutions.
CCNP Data Center certification is valid for three years.