Whether or not you’re packing your suitcase to join us at Cisco Live in Amsterdam, I want to share an online certification exam prep resource that’s available right now, free for a limited time. Allow me to introduce you to Cisco U., your new certification exam prep mentor.

What does a mentor do? A mentor guides you as you work through learning new things. We’ve built Cisco U. to do just that.

Very briefly, Cisco U. is a new learning experience that guides you to the content you need. Cisco U. personalizes your learning experience with machine learning and natural language processing recommendations, curated Learning Paths, modular courses, and more. Cisco U. will officially launch this spring, but you can now sign up for early access to Cisco U. to get free rein to play in the catalog.

Fun fact: Cisco U. includes certification exam prep Learning Paths

One of my favorite things about Cisco U. is Learning Paths. Cisco U. Learning Paths are designed to lead you through the content you need for a particular job role, technology solution, or—you guessed it—certification exam. And Learning Paths can save you time through pre- and post-assessments. (I’ll talk more about that feature below.)

Cisco U. Learning Paths are available for five certifications:

Cisco U. CCNA Learning Path laptop view
Use our Cisco U. Learning Path to prepare for the CCNA certification exam.
  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)
  • Developing Applications and Automating Workflows Using Cisco Core Platforms
  • Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies
  • Implementing Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services
  • Implementing and Operating Cisco Security Core Technologies

Here’s the really cool part: the structure of certification Learning Paths mirrors the exam.

So, when you open a cert Learning Path, you’ll see tracks that correspond to the main sections of the blueprint. Each track has modularized courses that correspond to sub-sections of the blueprint. That way, you can hop around easily to focus on the areas of the exam that need your attention. At the beginning and end of tracks, pre-assessments and post-assessments challenge your knowledge to check your proficiency in learning objectives.

Scoring well on the pre-assessment will save you time in completing the course. Last (but certainly not least), within courses, you’ll find video training and our beloved hands-on labs—so you can learn like you’re already on the job.

The Learning and Certifications team is hard at work right now, building more Cisco U. Learning Paths to help you prepare for Cisco certification exams. In the meantime, did I mention that Cisco U. is free for early access registration until we officially launch?

Meet Cisco U., your certification exam prep mentor, at Cisco Live Amsterdam

Consider this a personal invitation to stop by the Learning and Certifications space at Cisco Live, say hello, and join the fun! I’d love to meet you and learn about your impressions of Cisco U. After all, we’re building Cisco U. for you.

Discover tech learning, shaped to you. Read: “Experience Learner-First Training with Cisco U.,” by Par Merat, VP, Learning & Certifications now to learn more. 

Take your cert exam during Cisco Live in Amsterdam

Here at Learning and Certifications, we believe that learning changes lives. So do certifications, and nothing makes a profile pop like a certification badge.

After you prepare for a cert exam with Cisco U., why not take the exam during Cisco Live? The Pearson VUE mobile testing center will be open Sunday through Thursday at the RAI in Amsterdam. Visit the Cisco Live Certifications page for details.

Cisco U. in the Learning and Certifications space at Cisco Live

  • Get a Cisco U. demo
  • Participate in our “Cisco U. and Me” social media challenge
  • Record a video testimonial with our team to share your thoughts about Cisco U.

    Cisco U. CCNA Learning Path laptop view
    Join us at Cisco Live to learn about using Cisco U. for your cert prep.

Upcoming highlights in the Cisco U. Theater

Join us at Cisco Live 2023 Amsterdam to learn about using Cisco U. for your cert prep.

  • Test Your Knowledge with Cisco U. Trivia! CCNA and CCNP Edition: Monday, 6 Feb, 5:00 pm; Tuesday, 7 Feb, 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 8 Feb, 4:00 pm
  • How We Build our DEVASC Certification Exam Questions: Tuesday, 7 Feb, 3:45 pm
  • Cisco SD-WAN: Zero to Hero with Cisco U.: Thursday, 9 Feb, 10:45 am
  • Exam Prep Tips, and Staying Active: Thursday, 9 Feb, 3:30 pm
  • Full list of Cisco U. Theater events

And be sure to swing by the Customer Experience (CX) booth on for Lacey Caldwell Senko’s Cisco U. Lightning Talk, “Cisco U. — Tech Learning, Shaped to You,” on Monday, 6 Feb at 3:30, Wednesday, 8 Feb at 3:00, or Thursday, 9 Feb and 11:30. There’s also a Lightning Talk called “Cisco Certification Roadmaps: Get Updated on Skills Validation” on Thursday, 9 Feb at 12:00.

You can also visit the Learning and Certifications Amsterdam page to watch livestreams of Cisco U. Theater sessions, learn about recertification, and explore our featured learning and training offers. Finally, check out the Session Catalog for all Cisco Learning and Certification sessions during Cisco Live Amsterdam.


Will you be at Cisco Live Amsterdam? Leave a comment below and let me know which sessions you plan to attend, or if you’d like your very own Cisco U. demo. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Ashley Roach

Principal Engineer

Engineering - Developer Experience