The most common question that was asked by our candidates is how to renew their Cisco certification due to the COVID-19 situation. Don’t worry about it! Cisco announced that they will extend the expiration date for all active certification by 6 months from March 16, 2020.
This policy will cover all Cisco, Devnet specialist, associate, professional and expert certification as well as CCT and CCAr.
It means that your Cisco certification’s expiration date automatically be extended now. You don’t need to take extra measures to handle it. And you can check your personal certification manager page to validate your new expiration date within the next two weeks.
SPOTO tutors team sort our some popular questions about this policy to help you understand it very well.
1: When is this recertify policy effective?
A: As of March 16, 2020.
2: I need to recertify on May 1, 2020, how will this help me?
A: Your new due date for recertification will be pushed out to November 1, 2020. With this extra time, additional Continuing Education credits can be earned, and we hope that testing centers will reopen allowing for written exams to be taken.
3: Which Cisco certifications does this cover?
A: This covers all Cisco and DevNet Specialist, Associate, Professional, and Expert certifications as well as CCT and CCAr.
4: If I use Continuing Education to recertify, will I get six more months tacked on to the end of the new recertification date?
A: No. If you recertify during or after this six-month extension, the new recertification date will be three years from the date of recertification.
5: Does this mean you are extending the availability of the original certification exams that were in place before February 24, 2020?
A: No. The exams that were discontinued on February 24, 2020 are retired and will no longer be offered.
6: Will exam expiration dates also be extended for six months?
A: No. If you have already begun a Professional or Expert journey, you still have three years from when you passed the first written exam to complete either the second Professional written exam or the CCIE lab.
7: I have a voucher from Pearson Vue, will that be extended as well?
A: Yes. As of March 16, 2020, vouchers from Pearson Vue will be extended for six months as well.
8: Does this extension apply to channel partner requirements?
A: Yes, this extension applies to Channel Partner qualification requirements as well.
9: I have a CCIE lab voucher, will that be extended as well?
A: Yes. As of March 16, 2020, your voucher will be extended for six more months.