Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP DATA CENTER)

Achieving CCNP Data Center certification proves your skills with data center solutions. To earn CCNP Data Center certification, you pass two exams: one that covers core data center technologies and one concentration exam of your choice, so you can customize your certification to your technical area of focus.

The new CCNP Data Center certification program prepares you for today’s professional-level job roles in data center technologies. CCNP Data Center now includes automation and programmability to help you scale your data center infrastructure.

One of the industry’s most respected certifications, CCNP validates the core knowledge you need while giving you the flexibility to choose a focus area.

And now every exam in the CCNP Data Center program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Data Center, but you should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.

CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing data center solutions.

Exams and recommended training

To earn CCNP Data Center, you pass two exams: a core exam and a concentration exam of your choice.

  • The core exam focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure. The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Data Center certification. Passing this exam helps toward earning both of these certifications.
  • Concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking their corresponding Cisco training courses.

Required exam

Recommended training

Core exam:

350-601 DCCOR

Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)

Concentration exams (choose one):

300-610 DCID

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

300-615 DCIT

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)

300-620 DCACI

Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)

300-630 DCACIA

Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure - Advanced (DCACIA)

300-635 DCAUTO

Implementing Automation for Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUI)


CCNP Data Center certification is valid for three years.

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