Cisco launched CCDE Certification in January 2008. CCDE stands for Cisco Certified Design Expert, which has no prerequisites like most of the other certifications of Cisco. One can prepare for CCDE Certification directly without having doing any other certification. The only requirement for this certification is an in-depth skill and knowledge in network design at infrastructure level. This prestigious certification needs an expertise of network designers who can deal with the increasing complex networks of global organizations by effectively translating business strategies into evolutionary technical strategies. Unlike other certifications, it not only includes written exams, but also includes a practical exam. The topics are not too different as compared to the other Cisco certifications. Candidates aspiring for CCDE Certification must use the online exams and training tools available in the market or on the website.
For attaining this certification, the candidate has to first clear the two hours computerized written exam named as ADVDESIGN. This written exam requires the knowledge about how to design advanced networks at infrastructure level. Along with the minimum required qualification, it requires at least 5 years experience in advanced network designing. One of the amazing fact about this certification is that qualifying through the CCDE written exam recertifies the other Cisco certifications one has, like CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associates), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCIE (Cisco Certified Inter network Expert). To clear this written exam candidates must be fully prepared on network designing subjects. Going further, after passing the online written exam you are considered eligible for appearing in the corresponding practical exam.
This practical exam can be given only at Pearson Profession Centers (PPC) and lasts for eight hours. This test assesses the ability of the candidate to justify design requirements, develop a design implementation and perform design analysis. Trainings for CCDE Certification are easily available. Without professional training, it would become difficult for the candidates to clear this exam. However, after qualifying the practical exam, CCDE Certification is awarded, which nowadays is considered as a global standard for many successful IT companies. It’s not only a badge or a certificate, but it is a significant step towards your career in IT industry.