It’s no secret that Cisco Live is the place to be for learning and certifications. Tech teams, networking professionals, and IT leaders by the thousands are making their way to next week’s highly anticipated, sold-out Cisco Live in Amsterdam—and that isn’t counting the droves of online attendees that plan to watch the Cisco Live 2023 Amsterdam broadcast worldwide.
Whether it’s your first time attending in person or you’re a seasoned NetVet, make sure you make the most of the week. Here’s what to keep an eye out for from us, the Learning & Certifications team, and all the opportunities that await at Cisco Live Amsterdam, February 6–10, 2023.
Find us in the Learning and Certifications space
No matter what your career goals are, the Learning and Certifications team can help you get there. Nestled within the Hub, you’ll find us in the Learning and Certifications space, right next to the DevNet Zone. (Look for the big U.—you can’t miss it!)
Cisco U. and Me
Speaking of the big Cisco U.— don’t miss out on the chance to win a free certification exam voucher.
All you need to do is tweet a picture of you—standing with the big U.— and tag @learningatcisco and @ciscoliveemea and you could be one of five winners who will take their next certification exam for free. One winner will be chosen each day of Cisco Live Amsterdam based on the tweet with the highest impressions.
You’ll also have the chance to test-drive Cisco U., our new digital learning experience, and share feedback with us. We’ll be recording first-impression testimonials, considering every insight that helps us continue to shape your learner-first experience with Cisco U.
Explore learning offers with our experts, find out about the latest releases of Cisco Modeling Labs, and hear about our newest additions to the certification program, like our new entry-level CCST certifications and Certification Roadmaps.
Cisco U. Theater
Behind the big U., you’ll see the Cisco U. Theater, where we’ll have our experts delivering lightning talks all day. Browse the schedule of Cisco U. sessions at Cisco Live. We plan to cover everything from certification updates and learning git, to how to use CML to build your home lab and prep for certification exams.
Here’s a sampling of some of the sessions in the Cisco U. Theater at Cisco Live:
Monday, February 6, 2023
- “Learn Git in 15 Minutes,” by Kareem Iskander
Getting started with Git in your automation journey shouldn’t be challenging. Learn how to get started.
- “What’s New with Cisco Certifications?” by Yusuf Bhaiji
Get an inside look into the updates and releases of Cisco Certifications. Join us to learn about changes to Cisco exams, explore new blueprints, and get a sneak peek at the CCNP Data Center certification updates.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
- “Lab Up for Success With Cisco Modeling Labs,” by Joe Clarke
No matter what Cisco certification you’re preparing for, you know you need to do more than just read the book to be successful. Cisco Modeling Labs (CML) is a tool that provides you with virtual gear to practice for several Cisco certification exams with almost limitless topology possibilities. This session will explore using CML to set up your own home labs.
- “How we Build our DEVASC Certification Exam Questions,” by George Koukis
This session will provide insights into the principles of building Cisco certifications, helping you decipher the process and prepare for your exam!
Wednesday, February 8th
- “Ansible and Device Compliance: Rethinking Infrastructure as Code for Your Device Deployment Lifecycle,” by Quinn Snyder
This session will demonstrate how to use Ansible to enforce the new definition of “compliance” throughout various lifecycle stages. One of Ansible’s best features is its modules’ idempotence, which allows practitioners to use Ansible playbooks for network and device compliance.
- “Prepare for Your CCNP Collaboration Certification,” by Stacy Stevens
Thinking of taking the CCNP Collaboration certification exams? Get all the tips and tricks to prepare.
Thursday, February 9, 2023
- “Cisco SD-WAN: Zero to Hero with Cisco U.” by Patrick Gargano
New to Cisco SD-WAN? Whether you’re seeking Cisco SD-WAN certification training or technology-specific skills in Cisco SD-WAN security and cloud solutions, Cisco U. has your learning path. We also offer an updated and refreshed fundamentals course.
- “Exam Prep Tips and Staying Active,” by Matt Saunders
Gain insights on preparing for certification exams and learn how to keep your certifications active with Continuing Education Credits.
Familiarize yourself with the complete Cisco U. Theater schedule and stay in the know on all of the happenings from Learning & Certifications during Cisco Live.
Whether you want to discover new technology areas, talk strategically about how to unlock the next level in your career, network with like-minded professionals, or simply get a firsthand look at the tools that can transform how you work, innovate, and step forward to your next milestone—the Learning and Certifications space is where you can make that happen.
Stop by and say hello, and you’ll leave with new, exciting ideas to spark new lifelong learning goals.
Plan your learning at Cisco Live Amsterdam
With such a wide range of topics, workshops, sessions, and activities, Cisco Live has something for everyone. And that means that you have a lot of options to consider as you plan your schedule.
Let’s start with the basics, learning. Cisco Live Amsterdam has a variety of learning opportunities, from instructor-led labs and workshops to breakout sessions and hands-on, walk-in labs. (All Walk-In Labs are available to all participants on a first-come, first-served basis.)
You can filter by technology, segment by speaker, narrow your search by day, and more in the session catalog. If you are looking to focus on a particular technology, don’t pass over the Learning Map, where you can browse sessions in technologies like Applications, Cloud, Collaboration, DevNet, Networking, Security, and much more.
If you would like to attend a Breakout (BRK), Instructor-Led Lab (LTR), or Interactive Breakout (IBO) and you have not registered, show up anyway. Pre-registered participants are allowed to enter as soon as the doors open. Then, five minutes before the session starts, any Full Conference or IT Leadership pass holder is allowed to enter (if space allows, of course).
Note: Technical seminars are now sold out. If you have not pre-purchased a pass for a technical seminar, you will not be allowed entry.
Earn Continuing Education credits at Cisco Live Amsterdam
If you currently hold a Cisco certification, don’t pass up on the opportunity to earn Continuing Education (CE) credits that you can apply toward recertification.
Here’s how it works:
Find the Cisco Live technical sessions chart on our Continuing Education page, which outlines which sessions are eligible for CE credit—and how many credits you can earn. Badge in to the session and attend at least 75% to earn the CE credits. About 2-3 weeks after Cisco Live, log in to the CE portal and submit your claim. (Yes, it really is that simple.)
Cisco Live sessions eligible for Continuing Education include:
- Technical Breakouts (BRK)
- DevNet Workshops (DEVWKS) *other DEV classes are NOT eligible for credits
- Instructor-led Labs (LTR)
- Technical Seminars (TEC) (4- and 8-hour sessions)
You’ll want to review the chart I mentioned above to see how many credits you can earn for the CE-eligible sessions above, so now is a good time to bookmark the Cisco Continuing Education Program for quick reference.
Tip: As you plan your learning at Cisco Live in Amsterdam, keep in mind that most sessions will available for on-demand viewing after the event. So if you’re stuck between two sessions, choose the one where you can earn CE credits. (You can thank me later when you are torn between where to spend your time during concurrent events. We’ve all been there!)
Onsite Certification Exams at Cisco Live Amsterdam
Now, let’s talk about certification exams. As always, we will have an onsite testing center ready for your CCNA, CCNP, and Specialist exam testing needs. All exams scheduled onsite will be 50% off the regular price. Space is running thin, so don’t wait to book your exam.
There is nothing quite like the energy and atmosphere at Cisco Live. And at the end of the day, it’s the place to be for tech learning and certifications; where you become inspired, gain the skills and knowledge you need to stay competitive in the IT industry, and make connections that can last a lifetime. So, why not take advantage of all that Cisco Live has to offer?
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