Huawei Routing & Switching Certification Will Be Replaced By Huawei Datacom Certification

Huawei Routing & Switching Certification Will Be Replaced By Huawei Datacom Certification

Both Routing & Switching and Datacom are the two main important certifications of Huawei, which mainly test your professional knowledge and ability. According to the newest information, Huawei Routing & Switching certification will be replaced by Huawei Datacom certification, which is to help you better cope with challenges brought by market changes and technological innovations. In order to help you know both the two Huawei certifications clearly and thoroughly, we will introduct you the two Huawei certifications and collected all the details in this article.

Huawei Routing & Switching Certification

Before talking about Huawei Routing & Switching certification, we need to know the sturcture of Huawei certifications. Huawei certifications are divided into two categories, including career certifications and Specialist certifications. Among the two categories, Huawei career certifications contains two aspects, they are ICT Infrastructure and Cloud Service & Platform. More, each certification have three levels, containing Huawei Certified ICT Associate (HCIA), Huawei Certified ICT Professional (HCIP), and Huawei Certified ICT Expert (HCIE). So you can find there are three levels of Huawei Routing & Switching certification.

Huawei Certified ICT Associate (HCIA) – Routing & Switching

HCIA-Routing & Switching certification is the associated level of Routing & Switching certification, which is for the ICT professionals or students interested in datacom network technologies. The current version of HCIA-Routing & Switching certification is V2.5, candidates need to register H12-211 exam to complete HCIA-Routing & Switching certification. Earning HCIA-Routing & Switching certification proves that you have a basic understanding of small and medium-sized networks, including general network technologies, and the ability to assist the design of small and medium-sized networks, and implement the designs using Huawei routing and switching devices.

Two Huawei Certified ICT Professional (HCIP) Certifications Below Routing & Switching

There are two certifications of Routing & Switching professional-level, including HCIA-Routing & Switching and HCIP-Carrier IP. HCIP-Routing & Switching requires candidates to have HCIA-Routing&Switching certification as the prerequisite, addditionally, you need to register three exams (H12-221, H12-222, H12-223) to complete this certification. The current version of HCIP-Rotuing & Switching certification is V2.5, whith is the recommended version to all. HCIP-Carrier IP is also required to learn HCIA-Routing & Switching certification in advanced. It requires to take and pass H31-124 exam.

Four Huawei Certified ICT Expert (HCIE) Certifications Below Routing & Switching

There are four Huawei HCIE certifications below Routing & Switching. There are two versions for HCIE-Routing & Switching certification. The original version requires to pass three exams, including H12-261 HCIE-Routing & Switching (Written), H12-262 HCIE-Routing & Switching (Lab) and H12-263 HCIE-Routing & Switching (Interview). And the HCIE-Routing & Switching certification new version only requires candidates to complete two exams (H12-261 HCIE-Routing & Switching (Written) and H12-266 HCIE-Routing & Switching(New Lab)). No matter the original version or new version you choose, you need to make sure that you have completed the HCIP-Routing & Switching certification.

Also there are two versions of HCIE-Carrier IP certification. HCIE-Carrier IP (Original Version) demonstrate the systematic understanding and good command of the in-depth principles, advanced features, and applications of each protocol, the knowledge of carrier’s network architecture and services, network and technology evolution direction, and the capability of independently maintaining typical network of carriers. It requires to complete three exams, including H31-161 HCIE-Carrier IP(Written), H31-162 HCIE-Carrier IP (Lab), H31-163 HCIE-Carrier IP(Interview). HCIE-Carrier IP (New Version) proves that you have the same capabilities as the original version, but it only requires to complete two exams, H31-161 HCIE-Carrier IP(Written) and H31-165 HCIE-Carrier IP(New Lab). As the expert level certification, HCIE-Carrier IP certification requires to have HCIP-Carrier IP certification as the prerequisite.

Huawei Datacom Certification

Huawei Datacom certification, as the standard for Huawei to build data communication talents in the future, is a set of standards for cultivation Datacom talent. Currently, only the Huawei Certified ICT Associate (HCIA) Datacom and Huawei Certified ICT Professional (HCIP) level below Datacom are available.


HCIA-Datacom V1.0 certification is the current version, which will indicate that you are capable of planning, design, deployment, O&M, and optimization of small- and medium-sized campus networks. It requires candidates pass H12-811_V1.0 exam to achieve the HCIA-Datacom V1.0 certification.


Currently, there are seven HCIP-Datacom certifications as listed:

HCIP-Datacom-Advanced Routing & Switching Technology V1.0 indicates that you are competent for the position of network engineer in a medium-or large-sized enterprise, be capable of planning and designing, deploying and maintaining, and locating faults on a medium-or large-sized enterprise network by using Huawei datacom devices, and design solutions with high security, availability, and reliability for network applications. It requires to take H12-821 HCIP-Datacom-Core Technology and H12-831 HCIP-Datacom-Advanced Routing & Switching Technology the two exams. Before taking the two exam, earning HCIA-Datacom as the prerequisite is required.

HCIP-Datacom-Network Automation Developer V1.0 proves that the holders have a basic knowledge in the general technologies related to network automation development and are able to proceed enterprise network automatic implementation, development, O&M by using Huawei datacom equipment. HCIA-Datacom is the required prerequisite. It requires candidates complete H12-821 HCIP-Datacom-Core Technology and H12-881 HCIP-Datacom-Network Automation Developer exams.

HCIP-Datacom-Campus Network Planning and Deployment certification indicates you understand and master traditional campus network technologies, Huawei CloudCampus solution, network admission control, free mobility, VXLAN, BGP EVPN, campus network virtualization, and Campus WLAN planning and design and CampusInsight intelligent O&M. It is suggested to acquire HCIP-Datacom-Core Technology abilities. This certification requires you pass H12-821 exam and H12-841 HCIP-Datacom-Campus Network Planning and Deployment exam.

HCIP-Datacom-SD-WAN Planning and Deployment certification proves the senior engineers have the skills of planning, deployment, O&M, and optimization capabilities in SD-WAN scenarios. It requires to acquire HCIP-Datacom-Core Technology abilities, also it requires to pass H12-821 exam and H12-871 HCIP-Datacom-SD-WAN Planning and Deployment exam.

HCIP-Datacom-Enterprise Network Solution Design proves holders are qualified for the positions of senior solution engineers (account manager, project manager, and pre-sales engineer) for enterprise campus, WAN, and data center network scenarios in the datacom network field and are capable of using Huawei datacom products to perform end-to-end planning and design for campus, WAN, and data center network scenarios, and design solutions with high security, availability, and reliability based on application requirements. It requires to have HCIP-Datacom-Core Technology as the prerequisite. H12-821 HCIP-Datacom-Core Technology and H12-851 HCIP-Datacom-Enterprise Network Solution Design are two required exams for HCIP-Datacom-Enterprise Network Solution Design certification.

HCIP-Datacom-WAN Planning and Deployment certification will indicate that you are qualified for the position of enterprise bearer WAN engineer (account manager, project manager, pre-sales engineer, post-sales engineer, and O&M engineer) and are capable of using Huawei datacom devices to design, deploy, and O&M of enterprise bearer WAN. This certification is suggested to acquire HCIP-Datacom-Core Technology certification as prerequiste and pass two exams (H12-821 HCIP-Datacom-Core Technology and H12-861 HCIP-Datacom-WAN Planning and Deployment) successfully.

HCIP-Datacom-Carrier IP Bearer certification proves that you have the advanced knowledge of constructing and maintaining IP bearer networks, MANs, and backbone networks. No prerequisite is required, just pass H35-821 HCIP-Datacom-Carrier Core Technology and H35-822 HCIP-Datacom-Carrier IP Bearer successfully.

Huawei Routing & Switching Certification Will Continue Until The End of 2021

Huawei Datacom certification will replace Huawei Routing & Switching certification, which will continue until the end of 2021. What are the differences between the two certifications? Huawei Routing & Switching certification focuses on traditional routing and switching technologies and focuses on cultivating students’ understanding of routing and switching technologies.

However, Huawei Datacom certification focuses on the application of data communication technology in industrial scenarios. It is a set of mature data communication industry talent training standards extracted by Huawei from the successful experience of global data communication projects.

Currently, both the Huawei Routing & Switching and Huawei Datacom certifications are available. You can choose to complete one of the two to prove yourselves.

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