Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center) Certification

  1. CCNP Data Center Information






What is the CCNP Data Center certification?
The Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center certification is a job role specific network credential for data center network engineers and architects. It is the intermediate-level data center credential offered by Cisco, coming after the entry-level CCNA Data Center and before the expert-level CCIE Data Center. Furthermore, there are two separate CCNP Data Center tracks that candidates can take depending on the job role that interests them.
Who is the CCNP Data Center certification for?
The CCNP Data Center certification is ideal for data center network professionals with 3-5 years of practical experience. This would include network professionals such as design engineers, support engineers, technology architects, pre-sales engineers and implementation engineers. The certification validates a candidates ability to install, configure, and maintain data centers.
Are there any prerequisites to the the CCNP Data Center certification?
Yes, candidates must first earn the CCNA Data Center certification or hold any valid CCIE certification.
How do I earn the CCNP Data Center certification?
There are two separate CCNP Data Center tracks (one focusing on design and the other focusing on troubleshooting), both requiring 4 exams to be passed. Two of the four exams are the same no matter which track a candidate chooses (essentially meaning candidates choose four exams from a total of six). The exams for each track are:

642-999 DCUCI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing - 90 minutes (65-75 questions)
642-997 DCUFI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric - 90 minutes (65-75 questions)
642-998 DCUCD Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing - 90 minutes (65-75 questions)
642-996 DCUFD Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric - 90 minutes (65-75 questions)

Or,

642-999 DCUCI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing - 90 minutes (65-75 questions)
642-997 DCUFI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric - 90 minutes (65-75 questions)
642-035 DCUCT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing - 90 minutes (65-75 questions)
642-980 DCUFT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric - 90 minutes (65-75 questions)

Passing the four exams in either track earns the candidate the CCNP Data Center certification. The exams can be taken in any order, and the question types are a mix of multiple-choice, drag and drop, simulations, etc.
What is the passing score?
Cisco, as a matter of policy, do not publish the exam passing scores. Exams are scored, however, on a scale of 300-1000 meaning candidates can expect to score at least 850 points to pass. However, questions are scored, or weighted, differently depending on the overall difficulty of the question so the number of questions per exam will vary according to the weighted score of the questions.
What if I fail?
If you fail any of the exams you must wait for 5 business days (i.e. one calendar week) before taking the exam again. You must also pay the applicable exam fee again.
What does the exam cost?
The cost of your exam can differ depending on your location and/or the currency exchange rate at the time of booking, however Cisco offer a brief summary of the cost of their exams on this page. You should contact your nearest testing station as early as possible to confirm exam availability as well as the current cost.
Where can I take the CCNP Data Center exam?
Candidates can book their exam through any Prometric or Pearson VUE testing centre. You will need to register before taking the exam. Your local Pearson VUE facility can provide more information on registration requirements.
Are there any recertification requirements?
All CCNP certifications are valid for three years, after which time recertification is required if an individual wants to remain CCNP certified. There are a number of options available to candidates wishing to keep their CCNP qualification valid. You can read more on those options here.