Par Merat

Vice President

Cisco Learning & Certifications

Par is Vice President of Cisco Learning & Certifications, focused on helping IT professionals and software developers learn, innovate, and grow. She is a lifelong learning and technology advocate, and a Cisco veteran with a breadth of experience. She led the Collaboration independent software vendor program, established the Cisco’s successful SolutionsPlus program, was co-founder of Cisco DevNet, and led the DevNet Partner Transformation initiative. Par has been with Cisco for over 15 years, serving a variety of leadership roles including Senior Director of DevNet CX Community & Ecosystems, with a focus on business development and leading partner-centric programs. She was a Sr. Director of Business Development and Sr. Director of Strategic Planning and Operations for Cisco DevNet, and Sr. Manager of Business Development for the Cisco Collaboration Technology Group. Prior to joining Cisco, Par directed business development strategy at Vovida Networks and was a regional sales leader for Digital Publishing Systems at Xerox. She is a native Californian, based in the San Francisco bay area. She has long been an active mentor within Cisco and a volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul, which provides assistance to those in need. When Par is not working, you can find her sailing on the San Francisco bay or hiking with her Airedale Terrier.


May 24, 2023


Welcome to Cisco U.

Cisco U. subscriptions provide IT training for individuals and teams, with personalized recommendations, a catalog of Cisco content, and worldwide community connections.

May 9, 2023


The Bridge to Accessible and Inclusive Learning for All  

Passionate about creating opportunities, fostering inclusion, and driving positive change in the world, we are thrilled to announce our new collaboration with Coursera, enabling learners from around the world to access Cisco's top-quality learning content in Network Automation and Cybersecurity.

February 28, 2023


Meet Cisco U.
Tech Learning, Shaped to You

Cisco's new digital learning experience, Cisco U., is a learning experience built around the learner and designed to work for everyone’s unique journey; with quick-start pre-skill assessments, modular learning, advanced search, and a focus on goal-setting.

November 7, 2022


Meet Cisco U. at Cisco Connect in Cancún, Mexico

If you are heading to Cancún for Cisco Connect this week, be sure to visit the Cisco U. Theatre for a quick 15-minute overview of our new digital learning experience.

May 5, 2022


Inspiration Through Stories of Accomplishment

Whether you are beginning your learning journey, taking courses through Cisco Networking Academy, or a seasoned security engineer looking to learn new skills in NetDevOps, Cisco training and certification programs offer a path to the technology career you have always wanted.

October 12, 2021


Cisco DevNet Expert: Your career-changing certification

The new Cisco Certified DevNet Expert certification recognizes NetDevOps leaders with the expertise to leverage automation methodologies, technologies and practices to improve networking—securely and at scale.

September 21, 2021


A Certified Way to Set Yourself Apart: IT Professionals Day

Celebrate IT Professionals Day with Cisco Learning & Certifications. Want to become Cisco certified or continue your learning journey? Enter the IT Professionals Day Giveaway drawing for a free Cisco certification exam voucher!

January 15, 2021


A New Year Calls for a New DevNet Partner Specialization

With evolution comes growth and our inherent desire to find ways to improve and evolve our business. Read more about specific ways being DevNet Specialized has helped our partners Natilik and Comtec in 2021.