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More info on Cisco Cert-related Subscriptions

A few weeks ago, right here in this very blog, I alerted readers to the excellent values available when purchasing a Cisco subscription of some kind to gain access to certification prep, study, training, practice exams, and virtual labs. Though my information was correct, Cisco has gone a couple of steps further, and put together a terrific table of information about the duration of such subscriptions, how their countdown clocks work, and some important tips to help subscribers extract the greatest value and utility from them.

What's Up With Individual Subscriptions

The following table is lifted directly from a 3/29/2014 e-mail newsletter from Learning@Cisco entitled "...What to Expect From Subscriptions." Below, you'll find a fairly complete list of all the various Cisco subscriptions currently available, listed by name under the "Product Line or Product Name" heading at the left. The "Subscription Length" heading tells you how much time you have to use up for labs or subscription sign-up increments, while "Subscription Format" tells you how long you have to use your subscription in the sense of when the clock starts ticking, and how long it has to run. The final column at the far right is entitled "Important User Notes," and it includes information on how to make best use of your subscription benefits for as long as it remains active and available. All of these subscriptions are available online from the Cisco Learning Network Store.

Product Line or Product Name

Subscription Length

Subscription Format

Important User Notes

Cisco Learning Labs

35 hours to use over 90 days for ICND1 v2.0 or ICND2 v2.0

25 hours to use over 90 days for ROUTE, SWITCH, or TSHOOT

The 90-day subscription time starts as soon as the product is purchased.

The hourly lab timer starts when you log into the lab.

Remember to log out completely to stop the lab timer.

If you have run out of hours and still have available days left in your subscription, a 5-hour extension product is available.

There is not an extension product to add more days, only hours. Any unused hours after 90 days expire.

Cisco Learning Network Premium

Available in monthly or annual subscriptions

Monthly subscriptions last 30 days and begin at the time of purchase. Annual subscriptions last 365 days and begin at the time of purchase.

There is a limited set of Cisco Learning Labs with their own subscription hours included in this product.

Cisco Learning Labs limited set included in Cisco Learning Network Premium Subscriptions

Available as part of a monthly or annual subscription to Cisco Learning Network Premium

Monthly subscribers to Cisco Learning Network Premium have 75 hours of lab time every 30 days.

Annual subscribers to Cisco Learning Network Premium have 900 hours of lab time every 365 days.

The lab timer will begin once you log into the actual lab exercise, not your Cisco Learning Network Premium portal.

Any unused lab hours each month, or each year, will carry over to the next month or year as long as you remain a subscriber.

Remember to log out completely to stop the lab timer.

Cisco E-Learning for CCNA Routing and Switching

365 days

Subscription begins at the time of purchase.

 

Cisco E-Learning for ICND1 v2.0 or ICND2 v2.0

180 days

Subscription begins at the time of purchase.

 

Expert-Level Training for CCIE Routing and Switching

558 days

Subscription begins at the time of purchase.

 

E-Learning from Tech 2000

183 days

Subscription begins at the time of purchase.

 

E-Learning from Skillsoft

365 days

Subscription begins at the time of purchase.

 

With this information in mind, you will be able to make the most of any Cisco subscription that you may decide to acquire. Personally, I found this information quite helpful, because it makes clear when your 30 or 90 day clock starts ticking for shorter sign-up periods, and likewise for yearly subscriptions as well.