CCIE Pursuit Blog

September 27, 2007

Rent Your Cisco Certification For Cash

Brad Reese recently posted about an interesting (and disturbing) new business: renting your Cisco certification to companies wanting to qualify as Cisco Gold or Silver partners in exchange for a monthly fee.

Rent A Cert is a new site that will allow you to “rent” your current Cisco and Microsoft certifications to companies that will assocaite your certification with their company in order to get better discounts on Cisco equipment.  I encourage you to read Brad’s posting.  Here are some of the highlights:

Certification Monthly
Cert Holder
Cisco Partner
Rent A Cert
CCNA $100 $139 $39
CCNP $250 $299 $49
CCDP $250 $299 $49
CCVP $250 $299 $49
CCSP $250 $299 $49
CCIE $1,000 $1,149 $149

That means that once I get my CCIE (I work in an enterprise that has no need of Gold or Silver status) I can rent out my CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE for a grand total of $1,350 per month.  An extra $16,000 a year is nothing to sneeze at.  🙂  Well…it looks like you only get paid for one certification per vendor [You will only be paid for one certification per vendor. For example, if you selected both “MCSE” and “MCDBA,” you will only be paid $200 monthly upon matching. This is because you must associate your entire profile with a company, rather than individual certifications.] , still “free money” for renting your certification sounds tempting.

So, is Cisco down with this?  This is from Rent A Cert’s FAQ:

Do Microsoft & Cisco allow this?
We’ve found nothing so far in Microsoft’s and Cisco’s agreements that prohibit this, but of course review your certification agreements, as Rent A Cert doesn’t have a copy of your particular agreements and isn’t responsible if you break them. We, of course, will not divulge our client list to either company.

As a side note, if people know they can get paid to get certified, they will be more likely to get certified. As Microsoft and Cisco make money every time someone gets certified, as well as have a new person that promotes and knows how to configure their products, we see no reason why this isn’t a win-win scenario.

They’ve found no issues so far.  How nice.  Why the fuck not ASK Cisco and Microsoft if this is on the up and up, then post their replies?  Also, (as Brad points out in his post) the losers in this “win-win scenario” are certified professionals who will see their job opportunities, salary, and certification values plummet if this takes off.

Brad does a good job of disecting the downsides to this “business model”.  I agree with him 100%.  I would also like to add that this looks like a shady venture.  I am willing to bet that Rent A Cert doesn’t have a lot of companies lined up at that moment but will get inundated with thousands of CCNA and CCNx certification holders.  There are also two points that Brad did not touch on that I want to point out:

1)  Twelve Inches Around Corp. is the mother company of Rent A Cert.  You can check out their main site here.  What experience does a modeling/entertainment/catering company have with IT?

2)  Here’s what Rent A Cert requests from you:

If you checked any Cisco certifications, enter your Cisco ID, then from the Certification Traking System, e-mail yourself your transcript and forward that e-mail to transcripts at Additionally, if you selected CCIE, note which track and your CCIE number. 

Does anyone else think that it’s a bad idea to give these guys this information?  They could “rent” your certification without your knowledge.  Why don’t they contact you once they find a company and then you can decide whether or not to give them your information?

Anyhoo…this seems shady at the very least and possibly illegal.


  1. Cisco already snuffed out the CCIE to gold partner fiasco that was going on. I guess now you if you leave one gold partner for another company the new company has to wait one year before they can use your CCIE status. Now this doesn’t stop anyone not using the CCxx status for this site, but I am sure Cisco will come down on it like they did the gold partner issues.

    Comment by Carl — September 27, 2007 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  2. You make an excellent point. Rent A Cert states:

    “We, of course, will not divulge our client list to either company.”

    Unless of course you get into a payment dispute with Rent A Cert!

    Talk about holding a knife to the throats of its customers.

    Pay us what we think you owe us or we will report you to Cisco and Microsoft.

    Comment by Brad Reese — September 27, 2007 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  3. Looks like they have either quit renting certs or are going through some changes. Just looked at the site and you cant create an account anymore to rent your cert.

    Comment by Ronald Nutter — February 27, 2008 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  4. what is the criteria to rent the number

    Comment by Mandeep — August 8, 2008 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  5. I have been wondering about this type of compensation for letting a company use your CCIE. It looks though that this company doesn’t do it anymore. I’m sure the market still exists, and is something I am quite interested in since I am in the Army, and there is no worry of needing to free up my number for another employer in the near future. Looks like a good way to offset the cost of the CCIE.

    Comment by Walter Gibbons — November 2, 2008 @ 10:17 am | Reply

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