CCDE Study Guide – CCDE Preparation Resources for written exam


ccdeI am glad to announce that we prepared  a streamlined CCDE written exam preparation resources.

 Today it has been placed on Cisco’s official learning site, Cisco Learning network.

What is new in the Streamlined CCDE preparation resources ?

In the old CCDE Written preparation resource list which I shared below, there was 30 books and you had to read the each and every chapters of all the books.There was no specific information.


Highly Recommended:

Optimal Routing Design
MPLS Fundamentals
IS-IS: Deployment in IP Networks *
Cisco QoS Exam Certification Guide: MQC, QPM, and AutoQoS
Deploying IPv6 Networks
CCIE Routing and Switching Certification Guide, 4th Edition
Network Security Architectures

Additional Book List Recommendations:

BGP Design and Implementation
IPv6 Enterprise Networks
Advanced MPLS Design and Implementation
EIGRP Network Design Solutions: The Definitive Resource for EIGRP Design, Deployment, and Operation *
MPLS and VPN Architectures, CCIP Edition
Layer 2 VPN Architectures
Traffic Engineering with MPLS
End-to-End QoS Network Design
IP Quality of Service
MPLS Configuration on Cisco IOS
Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures: Foundation Learning Guide
Routing TCP/IP, Volume II
Fault-Tolerant IP and MPLS Networks
QoS for IP/MPLS Networks
Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols
Network Management Fundamentals
Routing TCP/IP, Volume 1, 2nd Edition
Definitive MPLS Network Designs
OSPF Network Design Solutions, 2nd Edition
Top-Down Network Design, 2nd Edition
Voice-Enabling the Data Network
Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) (Authorised Self-Study Guide), 2nd Edition
Practical BGP *
EIGRP for IP: Basic Operation and Configuration (The Addison-Wesley Networking Basics Series) *


In the Streamlined  CCDE Written Preparation resources; we specified only the required chapters from the selected books for CCDE Written exam. We also reduced the number of books from 23 to 14.

Not only books but we also shared the Cisco Validated Designs which will help for your design study.

Also you will find our recommended Youtube and CiscoLive videos in the document.


Orhan Ergun  – CCIE & CCDE –

Elaine Lopes – CCDE and CCAr Program Manager

Andre Laurent – CCIE & CCDE

Virgilio Spaziani – CCIE & CCDE

It’s Your Turn

Do you think that we should prepare a similar document for the CCDE Practical exam as well ?. Share your suggestions and insights in the comments box below.

6 Replies to “CCDE Study Guide – CCDE Preparation Resources for written exam”

  1. Hi Orhan / Laurent,
    Thanks for the detailed ressources. Based on your experience, what order could you recommend for the reading ? Thanks in advance. I have alredy read some of these partially but i have all these books. To simplify, please, just put :
    actual position number in the list —> recommended reading number. or . . . Also How can we read those and think at the same moment to the pratice exam ?, of course, i still follow your youtube channel and your mini design scenarios! Too much helpful, you can’t imagine 🙂

    1. @Jerome, Although in the list we highlighted the importance of the documents and streamlined those, yes we didn’t put them in order.It would be beneficial and I will suggest this idea for the CCDE Practical exam resources which we started to work on.For my answer allow me to share it in an article so it can be useful for many people ?

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