The CCAR (Cisco Certified Architect) certification is recognized as the highest level of achievement within the Cisco Career Certification Program. Intended for network designers who have expert level architectural knowledge, this certification validates that the professional has the expertise to support complex networks of global organizations. Cisco Certified Architects use their expertise and experience to analyze technology and industry market trends, discern business requirements that are needed to develop a plan for an integrated, large scale global network and to translate business objectives into a functional networking design.
To be eligible for the Certified Architect certification, candidates must hold a current CCDE certification. Candidates will also complete a board exam that involves meeting before a Cisco-selected exam committee. During this board exam, the candidate will be presented with a network architecture proposal and will have the opportunity to defend their position on the network design.
The board exam will include answering questions about gathering and analyzing business and technical requirements of an organization and using this information to create business and technical goals. The examinee will also communicate the rationale behind their decisions and demonstrate technical knowledge of a wide range of solutions. Architect candidates are responsible for any additional related topics that will be covered on this comprehensive board exam.