Design, Associate (JNCIA-Design)

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On January 17, 2023, the Data Center Design, Specialist (JNCDS-DC), Security Design, Specialist (JNCDS-SEC), and Service Provider Design, Specialist (JNCDS-SP) and their corresponding exams end of lifed (EOL’d). View the complete announcement here.

The Design track enables you to demonstrate competence with Juniper Networks design principles and associated technologies. JNCIA-Design, the associate-level certification in this track, is designed for networking professionals and designers with beginner knowledge of network design, theory, and best practices. The written exam verifies your understanding of network design fundamentals.

This track includes one certification:

  • JNCIA-Design: Design, Associate. For details, see the sections below.

Exam Preparation

We recommend the following resources to help you prepare for your exam. However, these resources aren't required, and using them doesn't guarantee you'll pass the exam.

Exam Resources

Additional Preparation

Exam Objectives

Here’s a high-level view of the skillset required to successfully complete the JNCIA-Design certification exam.

Exam Objective


Customer Network Design Requirements

  • Identify initial network design requirements

Securing the Network

  • Identify security design principles

Business Continuity

  • Identify network design considerations for business continuity

Network Automation and Management

  • Describe design considerations for network automation
  • Describe design considerations for network management strategies

Network Design Architectures

  • Describe considerations for a campus or branch network
  • Describe considerations for a WAN
  • Describe considerations for a data center

Exam Details

Exam questions are derived from the recommended training and the exam resources listed above. Pass/fail status is available immediately after taking the exam. The exam is only provided in English.

Exam Code


Prerequisite Certification


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Exam Length

90 minutes

Exam Type

65 multiple-choice questions


Juniper certifications are valid for three years. For more information, see Recertification.