CCDP® (Cisco Certified Design Professional) certification indicates advanced knowledge of the design of routed and switched networks involving LAN, WAN, and dial access for larger networks. It is the second stage of the Network Engineering and Design track, and teaches network design, configuration, and installation. Learn more about CCDP certification from Cisco Systems®.
The Cisco CCDP course is Designing Cisco Network Service Architecture (ARCH v2.1). Candidates should prepare for the new exam, which includes new material on data centers and virtualization, evaluation of service providers, and design of IPS and IDS security solutions, using the ARCH v2.1 exam topics from the Cisco Learning Network.
CCNA® and CCDA® certifications are prerequisites for CCDP certification.
There are three required exams for CCDP certification, which may be taken in any order:
• 642-902 ROUTE
• 642-813 SWITCH
• 642-874 ARCH
Register at PearsonVUE.com to take the CCDP Exams
The Certification Self-Study Product Family is comprised of the Self-Study Guide Series, the Exam Certification Guide Series, and the Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack Series. These series offer a progressive, self-paced study routine for Cisco certification exams, with tools that help certification candidates learn exam topics, gain hands-on experience, prepare for the exam, and practice their test taking skills. For more information on each series and how the books complement one another, visit our Series pages.
CCNP 642-902 ROUTE Exam
CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Official Certification Guide, print and eBook
CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Cert Kit
CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Cert Flash Cards Online
CCNP ROUTE Portable Command Guide, print and eBook
CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Quick Reference
Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) Foundation Learning Guide, print and eBook
Routing Video Mentor
CCNP 642-813 SWITCH
CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Official Certification Guide, print and eBook
CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Cert Kit
CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Cert Flash Cards Online
CCNP SWITCH Portable Command Guide, print and eBook
CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Quick Reference
Implementing Cisco Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide, print and eBook
Materials Covering Both New CCNP Exams
CCNP Routing and Switching Official Certification Library
CCNP Routing and Switching Quick Reference
CCNP Routing and Switching Foundation Learning Library
CCDP 642-874 ARCH Exam
Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) Foundation Learning Guide (CCDP ARCH 642-874), 3rd Edition, print and eBook
View the complete CCDP catalog from Cisco Press
Foundation Learning Guides (formerly Self-Study Guides), which are based on Cisco courses for the related exams, provide essential foundation learning and thoroughly cover topics addressed in those courses. These books assume no prior knowledge of the subject matter and take a detailed approach to tutorial-based learning. Book elements within the Foundational Learning Guide Series feature real-world case studies, configuration examples, and chapter-ending review questions, making them useful on the job, in addition to exam preparation.
Official Cert Guides help prepare candidates for Cisco certification exams. These books assume readers have attained the necessary learning foundation and experience for a certification test and are reviewing material before exam time. They include summary information that details critical information on key exam topics and a companion CD-ROM, which contains a powerful testing engine that can be customized with practice exam questions, simulation-based questions, and adaptable performance trackers.
Which book is right for me?
Foundation Learning Guides and Official Cert Guides are intended to complement one another. Though they will cover similar content, they do so in a very different manner. Choosing one book over another depends where you are in the study cycle. If you are familiar with the base concepts, but need to assess your knowledge and review/practice for the exam, we recommend the Official Cert Guides. If you are new to a topic area and need more detailed discussions of the foundation concepts, we recommend you start with the Foundation Learning Guides.
Four training courses are recommended for CCDP candidates: Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI), Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN), Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN), and Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH).
Cisco Press Certification Self-Study books and software are part of a recommended learning path from Cisco Systems that can include simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit www.cisco.com/go/authorizedtraining.
CCDP certifications are valid for three years. Individuals who hold an active Cisco CCNP, CCDP, CCIP, CCSP, or CCVP certification will recertify their professional-level certifications when they pass any other Cisco professional-level certification exam. Certification holders will continue to re-certify their professional level certifications when they pass any CCIE written exam.