Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDPÂ®) endorses the networking professional’s advanced knowledge and skills in network design principles and concepts. By having a CCDP certification, a network professional can discuss, design, and create advanced addressing and routing, security, network management, data center, and IP multicast complex multi-layered enterprise architectures that stretch across the platforms of virtual private networking and wireless domains. The CCDP curriculum features topics like building measurable internetworks, constructing multilayer switched networks, and designing network service architecture for a wide range of applications.
The CCDP certification (Cisco Certified Design Profession) can be understood as Cisco’s Professional-level certification process that is meant to reflect the advanced acquaintance and experience of the networking professionals in network design. It means that a CCDP certified individual should be capable of designing routed and switched networks that involve LAN, WAN, and dial access services by implementing modular design practices and ensuring that the complete solution responds optimally to the specified business and technical needs of the client.
To be entitled for CCDP certification, a candidate needs to first pass the Associate-level CCDA and CCNA certification processes. After meeting the essential prerequisites, then they must pass up to three CCDP exams. However, there is a choice between a two-exam path and a three-exam path. The three exams segment includes 642-901 BSCI Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (90 mins), 642-812 BCMSN Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (90 mins) and 642-871 ARCH Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (90 mins). The two exams segment consists of 642-892 Composite BSCI Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks and BCMSN Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (120 mins) and 642-871 ARCH Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures – (90 mins). To be more precise, the two-exam route actually combines the 642-901 and the 642-812 exams together in the scheme of the 642-892.
The prototype of exams is a mixture of multiple choice, simulations and drag and drop. The length of the question paper and the number of questions depend on the particular exam. You can take the exam through any Prometric or Pearson VUE testing center. There are a good number of sites on the internet that can guide you systematically to prepare for this certification.