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Cisco Certified Architect Certification


Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr™)

The Cisco Certified Architect certification recognizes the architectural expertise of network designers who can support the increasingly complex networks of global organizations and effectively translate business strategies into evolutionary technical strategies.


Defining the Cisco Certified Architect

A Cisco Certified Architect gathers the business requirements and objectives necessary to produce a blueprint for an integrated, large-scale, complex, global network. They can translate business parameters and objectives into functional requirements for a network design.  In addition, Cisco Certified Architects can clearly communicate and advocate proposed Cisco network architectures.


Responsibilities of the Cisco Certified Architect

  • Lead creation and evolution of architecture

  • Analyze technology and industry market trends

  • Establish governing principles  for networks

  • Selection of technology and products

  • Identification of organization resource needs

  • Lead the development of communication and education plan for network architecture



Valid CCDE along with a thorough understanding of networking infrastructure principles.

Candidates must also have an active login to the Cisco Learning Network.

Recommended Training and Experience

There are no formal training programs available for the Cisco Certified Architect certification. However, candidates wishing to attain their Cisco Certified Architect certification must meet before an in-person board made of Cisco-appointed exam committee members during which the candidate defends their proposed network solution.


Candidates wishing to apply to become a Cisco Certified Architect must also hold a valid Cisco Certified Design (CCDE) certification, validating their expert level design and business level skill set.


Steps to Certification (login to access this content)

Step One:  Application

View our Board Exam Availability  page for more  information on on the board examaination timeline.  After you complete the application process, you will be eligible to schedule the board exam.


Step Two:  Take the Board Exam

The Cisco Certified Architect Board Exam is an in person exam that will test your ability to identify, manage, and create advanced solutions for large scale networks.



Candidates that are granted the Cisco  Certified Architect Certification upon successful completion of their respective  Board Reviews will continue to maintain and recertify their Cisco Certified  Architect Certification, along with all of their  existing certifications, as long as  they continue to successfully contribute to and participate on future Board  Reviews.



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