The CCDE certification is quickly becoming accepted worldwide as one of the most prestigious networking certifications in the industry. Network engineers holding an active CCDE certification are recognized for their expert-level knowledge and skills in network infrastructure design. The deep technical networking knowledge that a CCDE brings ensures that they are well qualified to address the most technically challenging network infrastructure design assignments.
CCDE certification is intended for professionals who have day-to-day responsibility for designing complex, converged IP networks. Candidates are strongly encouraged to have at least seven years of networking experience and a thorough understanding of network infrastructure principles and design topics.
There is no formal Cisco offering that covers CCDE, whilst CCDA and CCDP provides solid networking design skills they are not a mandatory prerequisite for CCDE. It is recommend that delegates review the latest information regarding the current written and practical exams available on Cisco's website before deciding on their study plan.