Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX)

This practical exam tests your ability to design a secure campus wired and wireless network. Including remote access and management solution for an enterprise mobility project using Aruba OS (AOS) 8.3. Candidates prove their ability to design solutions that include designing for redundancy, VLANs, WLAN SSIDs, user roles/policies, QoS design, network security and authentication. The exam includes a Visual RF exercise for RF Planning and estimating AP counts on a floorplan. The candidate must also plan the wired infrastructure and recommend new Aruba switches. The candidate may also be called upon to design a Meridian solution. The candidate will use IRIS to create a BOM for the wired and wireless design.

Why earn this certification?
  • Position yourself as an design expert for large Aruba Mobile First Networking deployments using Aruba Controller, Access Point, Instant, ClearPass, Switch and AirWave product lines
  • Demonstrate your ability to design highly scalable, custom Mobility First Networking solutions that support enterprise business requirements
  • Enhance your career and job satisfaction as an Aruba Certified Design Expert


Ideal candidates for this exam are networking IT professionals with a minimum of three to five years’ experience in designing complex enterprise-level mobile first networks. Candidates should have familiarity with building a detailed bill of materials using the Aruba Controller, Access Point, Instant, switches, VLANs, ClearPass, AirWave products for secure, as well as guest and voice deployments. Candidates should have familiarity with AOS 8.3, AirWave 8.2 Visual RF, Aruba Instant, Aruba Switches, Meridian, ClearPass and AirWave. Aruba also recommends experience with IRIS.

Skill level



Candidates must pass the Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX) written exam prior to attempting the ACDX practical exam. The written exam is available on PearsonVUE, the practical exam is proctored in-person with an Aruba expert exam proctor.

Duration: 8 hours
Length: Performance Based
Written Exam Code: HPE6-A49
Practical Exam Code: HPE0-A121P

Upgrade Paths

ACDX v6 certification holders are only required to pass the ACDX v8 written exam on PearsonVue to upgrade to the ACDX v8 certification.

Recommended training for this certification

!Aruba Advanced Network Design & Solutions (AANDS)


Written Exam Code: HPE6-A49
Practical Exam Code: HPE0-A121P


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.

Upgrade Paths

There are no upgrade paths for this certification.