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The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) is an expert-level Cisco networking certification. Credential holders are recognized internationally for their expertise in network engineering, Cisco solutions, technical skills, and ability to provide solutions to complex and challenging network environments. Seven certification paths are available: Routing and Switching, Security, Service Provider, Service Provider Operations, Storage Networking, Voice, and Wireless.

• Prerequisite Certification: None
• Recommended Years of Experience/Knowledge: 3 to 5 years

Certification Update Announced

On December 4, 2013, Cisco announced that the CCIE Routing and Switching (R&S) exam curriculum will be revised from version 4.0 to version 5.0. Cisco continually assesses and validates the technical expertise of network engineers working in global enterprise environments. The revision reflects both changes in technology and the evolution of job roles.

The last day to test for both the Written exam v4.0 (350-001) and Lab exam v4.0 will be June 3, 2014. The CCIE R&S Written and Lab exam v5.0 will be available for testing on June 4, 2014. This announcement provides a six-month notice to candidates allowing them time to schedule and pass Written and Lab exams v4.0.
 

 

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Typical Job Titles for Certification Holders
Cisco Architect/Engineer • Network Architect/Engineer • Pre-/Post-Sales Engineer • Solutions Architect • Sr. Network Engineer • Systems Engineer/Sr. Systems Engineer

Typical Job Tasks
Leaders in the industry, Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIEs) possess in-depth knowledge of and expert technical skills in network engineering concepts, features, applications, operations, and Cisco products and solutions. A CCIE professional performs functions necessary to plan, design, implement, and manage highly complex network systems and solutions in a chosen track (routing and switching, security, service provider, service provider operations, storage networks, voice, or wireless). Common tasks may include expert-level involvement in:
    • Application and device management
    • Performance maximization
    • Troubleshooting events and incidents
    • Diagnosing and resolving connectivity problems
    • Increasing bandwidth
    • Improving response times
    • Managing LAN and WAN interfaces along with routers and switches
    • Optimizing service provider features and technologies

Salary Range
$51,734-133,895 per Payscale.com

Next Logical Certification
CCIE Emeritus

Articles

This chapter from CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide, Volume 2, 5th Edition covers the following subtopics from the Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching written exam blueprint: Modular QoS CLI (MQC), Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR), QoS Classification, QoS Marking, and Cisco AutoQoS.

Kevin Wallace

The CCIE Collaboration Lab exam went live in February 2014, and it is the evolution of the challenging CCIE Voice Lab exam. This exam profile provides you with an overview of the lab exam format, identifies trouble spots on the lab, and offers preparation hints. Finally, you are given a list of recommended study resources and a plan for what to do next.

Kevin Wallace

The CCIE Collaboration Written exam is the prerequisite exam to qualify for the CCIE Collaboration Lab exam. This exam profile provides you with an overview of the CCIE Collaboration Written exam format, identifies trouble spots on the exam, and offers preparation hints. Finally, you are given a list of recommended study resources and a plan for what to do next.

This article describes the new CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Lab Exam, including the objectives, preparation hints, and study resources.

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Blogs

Jamie Shoup

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Ed Tittel

In perusing the Cisco Learning pages this morning, I came across a wealth of "IT Careers" offerings, including a very nice set of videos (both instructor-led training and pre-recorded Webinars) that provide career guidance as well as certification prep content. In this blog post, I provide more information about what's available, along with some hopefully helpful links.

Jamie Shoup

Train effectively – train immediately with Video Courses from Pearson IT Certification.

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Test Track

Each certification path requires both a written and lab exam. Written exam scores are valid for 18 months. Lab exams must be attempted within 18 months of the written exam. CCIE candidates may not schedule a lab exam until a passing score is received on the written exam. Candidates must retake the written exam if the lab exam is not passed within three years.

Routing and Switching v4.0 (expiring June 3, 2014)
   • Written: CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam #350-001, v4.0
      • Exam Cost: $350 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
      • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification
   • Lab: Routing and Switching v4.0 Lab Exam
      • Exam Cost: $1,400 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
      • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification

Routing and Switching v5.0 (starting June 4, 2014)
   • Written: CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam #400-001, v5.0
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
   • Lab: Routing and Switching v5.0 Lab Exam
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com

Security
   • Written: CCIE Security Written Exam #350-018
      • Exam Cost: $350 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
      • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification
   • Lab: CCIE Security v3.0 Lab Exam
      • Exam Cost: $1,400 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
      • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification

Service Provider
   • Written: CCIE SP Written Exam #350-029
      • Exam Cost: $350 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
   • Lab: CCIE SP v3.0 Lab Exam
      • Exam Cost: $1,400 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com

Service Provider Operations
   • Written: CCIE SP Operations Written Exam v1.0 #350-060
      • Exam Cost: $350 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
   • Lab: Routing and Switching v4.0 Lab Exam
      • Exam Cost: $1,400 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com

Storage Networking
   • Written: CCIE Storage Networking Written Exam #350-040
      • Exam Cost: $350 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
   • Lab: CCIE Storage Networking Lab Exam
      • Exam Cost: $1,400 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com

Voice
   • Written: CCIE Voice Written Exam V3.0 #350-030
      • Exam Cost: $350 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
      • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification
   • Lab: CCIE Voice v3.0 Lab Exam
      • Exam Cost: $1,400 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
      • Exam Profile from Pearson IT Certification

Wireless
   • Written: CCIE Wireless Written Exam #350-050
      • Exam Cost: $350 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com
   • Lab: CCIE Wireless Lab Exam
      • Exam Cost: $1,400 USD*
      • Exam objectives from cisco.com

* Or worldwide equivalent. Exam rates may vary based on exchange rates and local taxes (VAT, GST).