Cisco Recertification

Despite having a great value In IT certification field, Cisco Certifications have a drawback too. They expire. Yes, you read it right. All the certifications provided by Cisco will expire with the time. There is a time limit in each and every Cisco Certifications. Yes, on expert levels too.

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Why certifications expire?

Well, Cisco says that technology is changing very fast. Every year something new comes up. So whether you like it or not, you will have to learn about those techs. That’s why Cisco keeps adding new modules in current exams and removes outdated techs or anything that is not important now. That is why most of the certifications expire in 3 or 2 years and you will have to recertify those. Take a look at certification expiry duration.

Certification Duration
Entry-level, Associate-level, and Professional level 3 years
All CCIE certifications 2 years
Specialist certifications 2 years
Cisco Certified Architect 5 years

And you will have to repay for your certification. There are many ways of recertification. Let’s go through a few of them.

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Cisco Recertification Policy

It is not always good to put an expired certificate on you resume but you can mention it if you see that as an achievement. Knowledge never expires and that’s what matters the most.

Renewal of Entry/ Associate level exams

Entry level certificates can be renewed by either taking the same exam or going for the higher level of certification. For example, if you have a CCNA R&S certification that is going to expire soon, you can either give CCNA Security or any other CCNA level exam.

Second, if you don’t want to take the associate level exam, go for the professional level. Clear any one of CCNP level exam and it will renew you CCNA level Certification.

Third, you can also go for CCIE level of exams. It will also renew your CCNA. You can directly go for CCIE because there is no prerequisite in CCIE (some of them have).

In short to recertify or renewal of CCNA certifications,

  • Pass any current Associate-level exam except for ICND1 exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current 642-XXX Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or Meeting Place Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco Tele Presence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

Renewal of Professional Level Certifications

Professional level certifications can be renewed either by taking the same exam or by going for the higher level of certifications i.e. if you have a CCNP R&S certification that will expire in one year, you can either retake the same exam or go for any CCIE level of certifications. You can also pass any other professional level certification in order to renew you current certification.

Briefly, to recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

Renewal of Expert Level Certifications

Yes, the highest level of certifications expires too. Being the highest level of certifications, it can only be renewed by taking any CCIE level of exams. To recertify,

  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR CCIE Lab Exam or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.

That is all you need to know about recertification. Remember to take the recertification exam before your current certification expires. Also, keep in mind that time left in the expiration of any certificate will not be added on passing the higher level of certification. You can always track your certification status.