Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Data Center (CCIE Data Center) certifies the expert-level skills required for the planning, design, implementation and management of complex, modern IT data center infrastructure. Professionals who achieve CCIE Data Center certification have demonstrated their technical skills at the highest level using industry best-practices. This certification is for experienced data center professionals who are seeking future-proof skills that are needed for leadership roles focused on harnessing in-depth IT data center solutions and emerging technologies.

New CCIE Data Center Certification program is launching on February 24, 2020

On February 24, 2020, the new CCIE Data Center v3.0 certification will replace the current CCIE Data Center v2.1.

If you have started working toward the current CCIE Data Center certification, keep going. In the new program, you’ll receive credit for work you’ve completed in the current certification.

  • If you pass the current CCIE Data Center written v2.1 exam before February 24, you will be eligible to take the new CCIE Data Center v3.0 lab exam after February 24.
  • After February 24, the CCIE Data Center written v2.1 will be replaced with DCCOR 300-601. After you pass DCCOR 300-601, you will earn the Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Core certification.
  • If you complete the entire CCIE Data Center certification before February 24, then as of February 24, you’ll maintain your CCIE Data Center certification as per the new recertification guidelines, and you will also receive the Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Core certification.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.

View certification details (on official Cisco site).