Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)

Unlike other data center education and certification opportunities, our data center professional-level certification programs allow you to choose a concentration for your data center education according to your job role or function. Because of our experience with our existing certification and education programs and leadership in the data center equipment market, Cisco can provide a comprehensive program to address the key areas of data center network implementation and maintenance.

Cisco offers a variety of certifications that address storage networking topics, including the CCENT and the Data Center versions of the CCNA, CCNP and CCIE (in order of difficulty). We chose the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center credential  because it hits the sweet spot in terms of warranting an IT professional’s knowledge and understanding of Cisco’s storage networking products and platforms in a data center context.

Cisco requires the Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center (CCNA Data Center) credential or any Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification as a prerequisite for the CCNP Data Center.

Of all of the storage-related Cisco certifications, the CCIE Data Center is the most senior and the best-recognized, and while it is a difficult and demanding credential to earn, it comes with a terrific payoff for its holders.

Certification Name

Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)

Prerequisites & Required Courses

Valid CCNA Data Center certification or any CCIE certification. Training recommended but not required.

Number of Exams

Four exams:
• 642-999 DCUCI and 642-997 DCUFI

• Design track: 642-998 DCUCD and 642-996 DCUFD
• Troubleshooting track: 642-035 DCUCT and 642-980 DCUFT

Cost per Exam

$250 USD per exam; $1,000 USD total (price may vary by region). Exams administered by Pearson VUE


Self-Study Materials

Instructor-led training is recommended. Self-study materials, Cisco Learning Network resources and Learning Partner training available at

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