CCIE stands for: Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert).
Requirements for CCIE Certification
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification, meaning no other professional certifications or training courses are
required. To obtain CCIE certification, all CCIE candidates must first pass a written qualification CCIE exam, and then the
corresponding hands-on CCIE lab exam. However, CCIE candidates are expected to have an in-depth understanding of all CCIE topics found
in the exam blueprints, and are strongly encouraged to have three- to five-years of job-related experience before attempting
the CCIE certification process. For additional information, please review the exam preparation materials referenced below.
There are FIVE different types of CCIE certifications:
The most popular of these tracks is the CCIE Routing and Switching certification. For second place, it is probably a close tie between CCIE Security and CCIE Voice. CCIE Voice has become extremely popular since it's release a couple years ago. CCIE Voice is also considered one of the hardest CCIE tracks. CCIE Security was recently changed to incorporate some additional security topics including ASA5510s and IPS boxes.
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to configure actual equipment and get the network running in a timed test situation. You must pass the lab within three years of passing the written to achieve certification. Your first lab attempt must be made within 18 months.
To prepare for the CCIE R&S written exam, we recommend CCBOOTCAMP's book and boot camp:
1) 2007 CCIE R&S Written Study Guide
2) CCIE R&S Written Boot Camp
Network Learning Inc’s CEO has authored a best selling CCIE R&S Written Exam study guide. This CCIE study guide was completed in August 2007. It contains all of the material needed to pass the current CCIE R&S written exam. In this 370 page book, every topic in the CCIE blueprint is covered in detail along with over 100 CCIE practice questions to test perspective test takers knowledge. More details on this product can be found here:
At CCBOOTCAMPs CCIE R&S written boot camp, you will spend four intense days covering all of the topics on the CCIE written exam blueprint. Our CCIE instructor will go over in detail all of the CCIE technologies and provide whiteboard examples on these CCIE technologies. After the class ends each day, each student receives CCIE practice questions to work on in the evening. Also included with the CCIE written boot camp, is a complimentary e-book version of 2007 CCIE R&S Written Study Guide. The class is four days long, and on the fifth day, the student takes his/her CCIE R&S Written Exam at their facility (CCBOOTCAMP is a VUE/Prometric testing center). More information on this class be found here: http://www.ccbootcamp.com/ccierswrittenbootcamp.html
We recommend our students spend two to four weeks learning, reviewing, and understanding the 2007 CCIE R&S Written Study Guide. After the perspective student feels comfortable with the material, we recommend they attend the CCIE written boot camp. The CCIE written boot camp will “smooth out” any rough edges left in the individual’s knowledge base and also lay the foundation for the next step – studying for the CCIE R&S Lab Exam. This approach has resulted in a 97% pass rate. The 3% who do not pass their exam on Friday typically results from lack of pre-class preparation and lack of evening practice test question review.