Vendors, such as Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade, now incorporate IPv6 into their exam syllabuses. The only issue is that IPv6 can often be little more than a footnote in the syllabus, skipping many important facets, such as designing addressing schemes for IPv6, troubleshooting IPv6, routing and redistribution with IPv6, and so on.
The best option at this time for network engineers and IT enthusiasts is to consider one of the several available vendor neutral IPv6 certifications. Here are a few to consider.
This organization offers junior to advanced IPv6 certifications, starting with the Certified IPv6 Network Associate (C6NA) exam. This is a theory only exam covering a broad range of IPv6 subjects from IPv6 address format to DHCPv6, routing with IPv6, security, and transition techniques.
After the C6NA, you can progress to the professional and expert levels, which involve hands on labs. All certification levels come with logos and certificates you can use on your resume and any IPv6 related job applications.
The good news is that you can take these exams online, saving time and money.
HE is a global internet backbone provider that offers a popular IPv6 certification program. There are several levels available from Explorer to Expert and Sage.
The syllabus has a heavy bias toward server configuration, including configuring DNS and AAAA records, so may not be suitable for network engineers who may be more concerned with routing using IPv6.
Nephos6 is a cloud consultancy that uses IPv6. It offers a two tier certification program, awarding either silver or gold levels. It also partners with universities and colleges to integrate IPv6 education.
Created several years ago to validate IPv6 vendor products, the certification program has now expanded to award certifications to trainers, courses, exams, and engineers.
When you pass exams, such as the Cisco CCNP or CCIE, you can apply for validation from the IPv6 Forum. It can take some time to receive your validation though.
A solid understanding of IPv6 is essential for any IT engineer. If you want to take the vendor route then you will have to study the entire syllabus, which at the moment only features around 10% IPv6 content.
Vendor neutral certifications tend to be somewhat server centric at the moment (except those from IIPv6.org), but they do offer a specific IPv6 certification, which will be advantageous on your resume.