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Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX)

Validate your technical ability to architect large, extended campus and remote WLANs.

This certification is going inactive on January 31, 2024.

Why earn this certification?

This certification verifies that you have the master level skills needed to properly design multi-site, complex Aruba mobile (wireless) and switch (wired) solutions incorporating ClearPass, mobile engagement, and network management.
  • Position yourself as a design expert in multi-site, complex Aruba mobile (wireless) and switch (wired) solutions incorporating ClearPass, mobile engagement, and network management
  • Demonstrate your knowledge to gather information, plan at a high-level and create detailed designs
  • Enhance your career and job satisfaction as an Aruba Certified Design Expert, the highest level certification from Aruba


Typical candidates for this certification are networking IT professionals with a minimum of three to five years of experience in designing complex enterprise-level Mobile First Networks. Successful candidates have familiarity with building detailed bill of materials using Aruba products for secure, guest and voice deployments.

Skill level: Expert


Candidates must pass the Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX) written exam prior to registering for the ACDX practical exam. Aruba Education Services reserves the right to cancel a candidate’s practical registration if they have not completed the written exam prior to registration. The written exam is available on PearsonVUE, the practical exam is proctored in-person with an Aruba expert exam proctor.

View written exam details, including sample questions
View practical exam details

Recertification Path

The Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX) certification is valid for three years from date achieved.

To recertify, you must pass one of the following exams before the expiration date:

  • Pass the current written exam on PearsonVUE
  • If qualified, pass the Aruba Edge expert exam

Achieving or recertifying the certification automatically extends any active ACDP and/or ACDA certifications to the point of expiration from the date the ACDX certification was last achieved.

View the certification datasheet for recertification paths

Learning Resources

This certification validates that you:

  • Gather information and plan at a high-level
  • Create detailed designs that include RF Planning, Redundant High Density Campus Architecture, location services, Outdoor Stadium Very High Density and Remote Access Branch office designs
  • Use Aruba best practices for designing wireless networks in challenging RF environments for redundancy and high availability
  • Acquire the skills needed to assess and analyze a company’s business requirements and design a solution meeting those requirements
  • Focus on solutions for campus LAN and WLAN, including outdoor and high-density scenarios

Questions about training?