How to Register for a CCNA Test

Updated April 17, 2017

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification requires you to pass three exams; the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND) Part 1 and Part 2 exams and the cumulative CCNA exam. All Cisco exams are administered by Pearson VUE testing services and can be scheduled through its website. CCNA certification proves you can install, operate and troubleshoot medium-size networks as well as deal with network security. Cisco offers a curriculum, preparation courses and study materials for the CCNA exams through the Cisco Learning Network website.

Visit the Pearson VUE Cisco Testing website and click on the "Schedule a Test" button on the right side of the home page.

Click on the "Career Certifications and Specialization Exams" link on the left side of the page. Now you need to set up an account to continue, or sign in if you have an existing account. Click on the "Create a New Web Account" link in the first paragraph on the page.

Read the privacy policy and click on the box to indicate you accept. Enter your name, e-mail and previous testing history information into the appropriate fields and click on the "Next" button.

Enter your contact information into the appropriate fields. Click the box in the "Opt-in Preferences" section only if you want to receive e-mail news and offers from Pearson VUE. Then click the "Next" button.

Answer the additional information questions and click the "Next" button. A prompt will appear where you can enter a user name. You can click on the "Check Availability" button to see if your name is already being used. Once you have a unique name, click on the "Save Profile" button.

Click on the "Schedule Exam Now" button, then click on all the exams you want to schedule. Each exam you check off will appear below the list, with the exam code number and price. When you have all the exams you want, choose which language you want to take them in and click the "Next" button.

Select the test centre you want to use by clicking on the box next to it. You can search for the nearest one by entering your address into the search field. Then click the "Next" button.

Choose the date you want to take each exam by clicking on the calendar. Dates with no available appointments are marked out in red. Click on the appointment time you want on the right of the calendar and click on the "Next" button. You can schedule individual appointments for each exam, or click on the box at the top to schedule all exams in a continuous block of time.

Click on the "Yes, I Accept" for the Cisco Career Certification and Confidentiality Agreement. You will have to accept for each exam, then click "Next." Make sure your information is accurate and click "Next."

Pay for your exams by entering your credit card information, then click "Next." Check all your information one more time and click "Confirm." You are now registered for your CCNA exams.

You can also register by calling Pearson VUE at 877-404-3926, or by participating in the Live Chat option available on the website.


You can schedule a CCNA exam up until the day you want to take the exam, but appointments are subject to availability. Each ICND exam costs £81, and the CCNA exam costs £162.


You will have to accept a Cisco confidentiality agreement in order to take any exams.

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Leslie Howerton began writing in 2008, and has been published in the "Kaleidoscope" newspaper. She received five Student Medallion awards for writing from the Public Relations Council of Alabama in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama in public relations.