Cisco Certified Architect
(Please note that this is the only Architect Level certification as per the levels defined by Cisco for its certifications. It is the next level after the Expertl Level of Certifications and is the highest certification offered by Cisco for the greatest of Network Experts. These are Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, Specialist and Architect.)
What is this Cisco CCIE Wireless Certification all about?
Cisco Certifications are divided into several levels. From the Associate Level to Professional Level to Expert Level and finally the Architect Level. Thus, the Architect Level Ceritifcation, the Cisco Certified Architect, is the highest certification offered by Cisco.
The Cisco Certified Architect generally covers Network Design at the most Advanced Level and involves the creation of “evolutionary” Network Solutions. It is tested differently than most other Cisco Certifications and requires a great deal of experience.
The following skills are covered by the Cisco Certified Architect Certification:
- Support the increasingly complex networks of global organizations and effectively translate business strategies into evolutionary technical strategies
What are the Pre-requisites of Cisco Certified Architect Certification?
According to Cisco, “CCDE Certification is required”.
However, we do also recommend that any person who sits for the exam in this certification come fully prepared for the exam. Allot yourself at the very least a few months to prepare for the exam. Additionally, we would recommend any individual who would like to get certified with this Certification to possess the Cisco CCDP Wireless Certification (a Professional Level Certification that covers Advanced Network Design Skills) and the Cisco CCDA Certification (an Associate Level Certification covering Basic Network Design Concepts).
Who is the Cisco Certified Architect Certification for?
The Cisco Certified Architect Certification is for those Networking Professionals who would like to gain recognition for extensive skills, expertise and knowledge as Design Architects at the very highest – the pinnacle of Network Solutions.
Why should I get certified? What benefits are there?
This is the greatest Cisco Certification – acquiring this will allow you to virtually work in any Network related jobs and even start your own Network Solutions firm. It will allow you to create Innovative solutions for enterprises.
Cisco Certification Exams in General
What Are the Exams Like?
- The duration of most theoretical exams is one to two hours. Lab (practical) exams typically last eight hours.
- Questions include multiple-choice single answer, multiple-choice multiple answer questions, drag and drop, fill in the blank and simulations.
- Exams other than CCIE lab exams are delivered online
What Do They Cost?
- Computer-based certification exam prices range from $80 to $325 US dollars or equivalent worldwide. The ICND1 and ICND2 exams are $125 USD, the CCNA exam is $250 USD and the professional level CCNP and CCDP Composite exam is $300 USD, and CCIE written exams are $350 USD. Payment is made directly to the authorized test delivery partner Pearson Vue.
- CCIE lab exams are $1,400 USD. Payment is made online via credit card or wire transfer
How do I take the exams?
Exams are regularly administered worldwide by Pearson VUE http://www.vue.com/cisco which is Cisco’s examination delivery partner (just as Prometric is Microsoft’s partner). Pearson VUE routinely organizes exams on various dates
How do I prepare for the exams?
- Training through Institutions – The authorized source for Cisco IT training delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors. For a list of Cisco Learning Partners, use the Learning Partner Locator.
- Training through Books – A variety of Cisco Press titles may be available for this exam. These titles can be purchased through the Cisco Marketplace Bookstore, or directly from Cisco Press.
- Resources, Assistance and guidance through the online Cisco Learning Network
- Exam Cram Books – Exam Cram has a wide array of preparation tools for the popular CCNA, CCNP, and CCSP certifications, including simulation-based practice questions along with other late-stage study vehicles to get you ready for test time.
- Safari Bookshelf – The premier electronic reference library for programming and IT professionals with more than 1,200 titles
- Cisco Networking Academy – http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/netacad/index.html
- Cisco Certification Study Groups – https://cisco.hosted.jivesoftware.com/groups
What certifications and exams come under Cisco Certified Architect Certification?
The Cisco Certified Architect is awarded based on results of an Interview in front of a panel of Cisco Experts. There are no exams but pre-requisites such as the Cisco CCDE Certification are required.
Further details can be found by going through the syllabus:
Resources for the Exams
- Several Resources are available at the Cisco Learning Network –https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/cisco_certified_architect/
- Cisco Certification Exams Tutorial
Link to Official Cisco Certified Architect Certification