Confident in your IPv6 skills?

Prove It!


As an engineer you’ve earned your stripes building and running IP networks that make the Internet possible. The Internet’s biggest current challenge is the depletion of IPv4 addresses. IPv6 is the only sustainable solution and is a mandatory skill for your continued professional relevance. This certification programme helps you prove that at a global level.

certi::6 (pronounced "certi-six") is a multi-tiered programme of written exams created by AFRINIC Ltd under the IPv6 Forum certification programme. It validates the knowledge and skill required to plan, design, configure, manage and troubleshoot multi-vendor IPv6 networks.


  • Pride and personal satisfaction in accomplishing a crucial professional development milestone
  • Distinguish yourself from your peers and boost your earning potential
  • Prove your skills in IPv6 to current and future employers anywhere in the world
  • Demonstrates drive and willingness to be on the fore-front of technology innovation
  • Be confident in leading an IPv6 deployment project
  • Be in demand as companies start looking for skilled engineers to deploy IPv6, you’ll have a head start
  • Showcase competence in principles and practices of IPv6 planning, implementation and maintenance
Job protection: you are a network/system engineer in 2015 if you don’t know IPv6?!? (good luck)




$100 | Validity 3 years
  • Number of Questions: 70 | Test Duration: 90 mins | Passing Score: 75% | Languages: English , French (Nov. 2016)
This exam attests and formally certifies that the successful candidate has technical knowledge and competence in the major domains of IPv6 networking. It presupposes deeper technical knowledge, skills, and abilities in IPv4 networking practices, and will validate all the major aspects and domains of knowledge and practice in IPv6.


  • Knowledge and/or experience equivalent to a Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching
  • Understand how to interact with a CLI and read packet captures

Exam Blueprint

IPv6 Basics | 5%
  • Recognise and work with IPv6 notation
  • Shorten and expand IPv6 addresses using zero compression and suppression rules
Understanding IPv6 Addressing & Address Types | 5%
  • Describe address scope as applied to link-local and multicast addresses
  • Recognise valid global unicast addresses
  • Recognise valid link local, unique local, multicast
  • Create solicited node multicast address for any address
  • Identify reserved interfaceIDs
  • Be able to recognise EUI-64 based interfaceIDs
  • Identify well-known and reserved IPv6 addresses and prefixes
  • Simulate address selection for any given set of addresses
Subnetting and Address Planning | 15%
  • Given a network description, estimate required IPv6 prefix
  • Given an IPv6 prefix, break it into N equal parts
  • Given an IPv6 prefix of length L, break it into subnets of length L'
Comparing IPv6 to IPv4 | 5%
  • Describe the use of each field of the IPv6 base header
  • Describe use of extension headers
  • Identify IPv4 header equivalents of IPv6 header fields
  • Read and interpret packet network captures
  • List the IPv6 equivalents of common IPv4 protocols
Neighbour Discovery Protocol | 20%
  • List and describe the node functions of ND
  • List and describe the host functions of ND
  • List and describe the router functions of ND
  • List and describe the 5 ICMPv6 messages that make up ND
  • List and describe key ND message options and their functions
  • Interprete ND messages from packet captures
  • Describe how Duplicate Address Detection works
  • List the key states of an address during Duplicate Address Detection
  • Describe how Link-Layer Address Resolution works
  • Describe how Neighbour Unreachability Detection works
Basic Configuration | 10%
  • Configure and verify basic IPv6 for clients (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)
  • Recognise and interpret basic IPv6 configuration on network operating systems (Cisco IOS, Junos, RouterOS etc)
  • Diagnose basic misconfigurations on various platforms
  • Interprete common outputs for basic IPv6 tools like like ping6, traceroute6, etc
Configuration Provisioning | 20%
  • List the required configuration parameters for clients and CPEs
  • Describe provisioning using Router Advertisements
  • Describe provisioning using DHCPv6
  • Compare and contrast RA-based and DHCPv6-base provisioning
  • Describe the use of various flags in Router Advertisements
  • Describe how Stateless Address Auto-configuration (SLAAC) works
  • Decode and analyse packet exchanges that make up SLAAC
  • Describe how both stateless and stageful DHCPv6 works
  • Decode and analyse packet exchanges that make up DHCPv6
  • Describe how Prefix Delegation is done using DHCPv6
  • Decode and analyse packet exchanges during DHCPv6
  • Recognise correct configuration of SLAAC on different platforms
  • Recognise correct configuration of DHCPv6 on different platforms
Basic Routing & Forwarding | 10%
  • List the IPv6 equivalents of IPv4 standard routing protocols RIP, OSPF, ISIS, BGP
  • Understand key protocol differences of IPv6 versions of RIP, OSPF, ISIS and BGP
  • Decode the contents of the IPv6 routing table
  • Mentally simulate the routing decision process given a routing table
  • Describe the end-to-end IPv6 packet delivery process
Basics of Transition Techniques | 10%
  • List the classes of transition techniques
  • List the major types of current transition techniques
  • Given a network topology, select which class of transition techniques to use
  • Given a network scenario, select the most appropriate transition technique to use

Recommended Training: AFRINIC'S IPv6 Foundations Workshop: 4 day version


$100 -3years
  • Number of Questions: 70 | Test Duration: 90 mins | Passing Score: 80% | Languages: English , French (Nov. 2016)


Subnetting and Address Planning | 10%
  • Given a network description, estimate required IPv6 prefix
  • Given an IPv6 prefix, break it into N equal parts
  • Given an IPv6 prefix of length L, break it into subnets of length L’
  • Given an IPv6 prefix and length, determine range of valid IPv6 addresses
Configuration Provisioning | 10%
  • Recognise correct configuration of DHCPv6-PD on different platforms
  • Compare and contrast DHCPv4 and DHCPv6
  • List and describe the various RADIUS attributes used for IPv6 provisioning
  • Recognise correct configuration of configuration provisioning using RADIUS
IPv6 Routing & Forwarding | 15%
  • Understand key protocol differences of IPv6 versions of RIP, OSPF, ISIS and BGP
  • Mentally simulate the IPv6 Router forwarding process
  • Describe routing protocols interactions in dual stack environments
  • Decode IPv6 routing protocol configurations and output (platform independent)
  • Examine packet captures and detemine functioning of routing protocols
Transition Techniques | 35%
  • 6rd
  • NAT64/DNS64
  • 6PE and 6VPE
  • X6XLAT
  • Examine packet captures to determine transition techniques and their functioning
Miscellaneous | 5%
  • IPSec
  • Multicasting
  • QoS
IPv6 Security | 15%
  • Compare and contrast IPv4 and IPv6 Security
  • Describe the key security vulnerabilities around NDP
  • Describe the key security vulnerabilities around IPv6 addressing structure
  • Describe common mitigation techniques for the above vulnerabilities.


AFRINIC’S IPv6 Foundations Workshop: 4 day version


  1. Choose your track
  2. Prepare for your exam either through self study or attending a qualifying training workshop
  3. Register and pay for your exam. Payment must be confirmed before we can prepare the exam
  4. Take & pass your exam. if you fail to show up for your exam, you will forfeit 25% of the exam fees for each absence
  5. Receive & print your Certificate (or pay $20 and we’ll ship you one)
  6. You name will be listed on the IPv6 Forum Education site
  7. Go lead IPv6 deployment projects!


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