Cisco certifications are among the highest paying technical certifications. There is a high demand in the tech industry for employees with Cisco certifications. This list of Cisco certifications defines each certification and links to training resources.
The expert-level certification is the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). It is the highest level of professional certification that Cisco provides. There are 5 active CCIE tracks: Storage Networking, Voice, Service provider, Security, and routing and Switching. These are profiled in detail, below.
Storage Networking is the most recent addition to the specialization tracks within the Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert certification (or CCIE). The Storage Networking track concentrates on storage networking topics, such as Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCIP, Intra VSAN Routing and FICON.
The Voice track concentrates on voice solutions for the enterprise and includes subjects such as QoS, MGCP, Call Manager (Cisco's VoIP PABX), Cisco Unity (Cisco's Unified Messaging platform), Unity Express and IP Contact Center Express.
The Service Provider track focuses on networking in the service provider industry. Subjects include Optical networks, DSL, WAN switching, Voice over IP, Content Networking, Broadband Cable and Metro Ethernet.
Security is a specialization track within the Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (or CCIE) certification. The Security track concentrates on network security and covers subjects such as ASA, IDS, IOS security, security and much more.
Routing and Switching is the most popular CCIE track, and covers a wide range of subjects, such as: LAN, WAN, Ethernet, TCP/IP, OSPF and BGP,IPv6 and many more. The CCIE - Routing and Switching is also among the highest paying technical certifications.
The Cisco Certified Voice Professional (CCVP) is a certification covering all aspects of IP Telephony/VOIP networks and applications. It is also one of the highest paying certifications
in the technology industry.
The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) is considered proof of having the ability to work with medium-sized networks (between 100 and 500 end devices) and with technology such as QoS, broadband, VPNs, and security-minded features. The CCNP is also among the highest payining certifications
in the technical industry.
The Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certification is an advanced network design certification. Candidates for the certification are tested for advanced knowledge of Cisco devices and the way to interconnect them.
The CCIP certification is a professional certification covering the end-to-end protocols used in large scale networks.