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Apr 11th, 2010


I just passed CCDP-ARCH (642-873) exam to re-certify my CCNP certification which was going to expire by end of April 2010. Now when I realized that for CCDP certification -> (CCNA+CCNP) is not sufficient  and I have to give CCDA exam as well, am I supposed to take CCDA exam before my CCNP expiration date, which was end of April 2010 ? I am having fear of expiring CCNP-Composite 642-892 exam which I gave in the end to certify CCNP in April 2007.

Please help me with your valuable inputs as the clock is ticking...

Thanks so much in advance!!!

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crow930us Mon, 04/12/2010 - 03:09

Renewing your Cisco Professional level certification expiration dates and qualifying for your CCDP certification are two separate issues.

By passing any Cisco proffessional level exam you renew all of your professional level expiration dates.  As you noted, in order to qualify for a CCDP certification, you have to pass the CCDA exam also.

nitin1.sharma Mon, 04/12/2010 - 11:04

Thanks crow930us,

But my question was about the time line. As I read somewhere that each exam in CCNP certification expires in 3 yrs independently of the expiration of whole certification. So I am worried that my Composite Exam 642-892 will expire in April end  though I have re-certified CCNP by passing 642-873(ARCH) exam recently and is good till April 2013. So can I give CCDA exam anytime in next 3 yrs and get CCDP certification or I have to take it before Composite 642-892 exam expires i-e end of April 2010 ?

Wilson Samuel Mon, 04/12/2010 - 13:10

Hi Nitin,

To get your certified for CCDP, you must take CCDA before the Arch retires, ie Apr 2013, however to get recertified for your CCNP, any professional exam (including Arch) is enough.

Please check your Certifications history in the Certification Tracking System

I'm pretty sure if your CCNP was not retired before your took ARCH exam (or any other professional exam), it got recertified automatically till Apr 2013.

Hope it answers your query.


Wilson Samuel

nitin1.sharma Mon, 04/12/2010 - 22:28

Thanks Wilson- My CCNP is re-certified since I passed my CCDP-ARCH (642-873) few days back. So now I can give CCDA exam anytime in next 3 years to get CCDP completed....correct ? Also re-certification of CCNP by passing exam 642-873 extends tenure for all exams(642-892, 642-845, 640-605) under CCNP I assume!!!

Wilson Samuel Tue, 04/13/2010 - 11:18

Hi Nitin,

Yes, you may take the CCDA exam anytime before ARCH and all other combined exams for the CCDP Track (please check the current track) is active (NOT necessarily 3 years from today).

All the best, mate!


Wilson Samuel

nitin1.sharma Wed, 04/14/2010 - 23:36


Sorry to say but you are absolutely wrong. Please see the response from Certification & Communities Support Center personal:

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Response (Certification & Communities Support Center)04/14/2010 01:49 PM
Dear Nitin,

Thank you for contacting the Certification & Communities Online Support.

You will need to pass the 640-863 DESGN on or before April 19, 2010 to obtain your CCDP.

Exams required for CCENT, Associate and Professional certifications are valid for three years from the date the exam was passed. Exams for the Specialist certifications are valid for two years from the date the exam was passed.

Placing expiration dates on exams ensures that candidates starting a multi-exam certification such as CCENT, CCNP, CCDP, CCVP, CCSP and CCIP, complete the program within a specified time-frame. By passing all of the required exams within the specified time period as noted above, candidates demonstrate that they are tested on current content. In situations where the period exceeds three years, candidates will need to re-take those exams that expire.

If you have any further questions, or require additional assistance, please click the hyperlink above to update your case.

Kind regards,
Cisco Certification & Communities Online Support Center
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Customer (Nitin Sharma)04/12/2010 10:45 PM
I recently passed CCDP-ARCH (642-873) exam to re-certify my CCNP certification which was going to expire this month(April 2010). Now I am planning to give CCDA exam as well to complete my CCDP certification, so I assume I can take my CCDA exam in next 3 years since I have already re-certified my CCNP certification which should have renewed the status of all exams under it....please advice!!!


But thanks for misguiding though...

Wilson Samuel Thu, 04/15/2010 - 06:04

Hi Nitin,

I guess there was a mistake on my first reply, however on my second reply I made it explicitly clear that one must take all the Required exams for that Certification Track before All the exams expire.

Please find quote from my earlier post.

"Yes, you may take the CCDA exam anytime before ARCH and all other combined exams for the CCDP Track (please check the current track) is active (NOT necessarily 3 years from today)."

Once again, initially I was mistaken, however on the later part I tried to correct, ofcourse I didn’t go to the first reply and got it rectified, I guess you will give me the benefit of doubt.

I can truly understand the pain and shock that comes with such a situation, even I have been there.. but I'm sure this is not the end of it and only Sky is the limit.

All the Best friend.

PS: Any inconvenience is deeply regretted.

Kind Regards

Wilson samuel


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