Expert Level Knowledge and Experience
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE®) is the highest level of technical networking certification offered by Cisco. Put your knowledge and experience to the test. Achieve Cisco CCIE certification and accelerate your career.
The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification is accepted worldwide as the most prestigious networking certification in the industry. Network Engineers holding an active Cisco CCIE certification are recognized for their expert network engineering skills and mastery of Cisco products and solutions. The CCIE community has established a reputation of leading the networking industry in deep technical networking knowledge and are deployed into the most technically challenging network assignments.
The program continually updates and revises its testing tools and methodologies to ensure unparalleled program quality, relevance and value. Through a rigorous written exam and a performance based lab, the CCIE program sets the standard for internetworking expertise.
Cisco introduced the CCIE certification in 1993 to assist the industry in distinguishing the top echelon of internetworking experts worldwide. Today , CCIE certification holders represent less than 3% of all certified Cisco professionals and less than 1% of the networking professionals worldwide.
New Value Programs
Cisco has enhanced its expert-level learning program to offer additional value and training assurance to help you on your journey towards CCIE certification.
Cisco Announces New Service Provider Operations Track
Built on the growing demand for dedicated professionals who can manage, maintain and troubleshoot complex service provider IP NGN core network infrastructures, Cisco is introducing a new Service Provider (SP) Operations track. This new track is focused on developing associate, professional and expert-level capabilities to operate large, complex SP networks.
Cisco 360 Learning Program
The Cisco 360 Learning Program is the smart way to ensure that you and your staff are equipped with expert-level skills, knowledge, and training to support your customers and maintain the Cisco CCIE® requirement for your organization. As the only CCIE training program authorized by Cisco, the program is designed to accelerate expert-level competency and provide the skills and training that are needed to prepare candidates for the rigorous CCIE R&S and Voice lab exams.
Core Knowledge Removed for CCIE R&S and Voice
Beginning on May 10, 2010, CCIE R&S and CCIE Voice Lab Exams, in all global locations, will no longer include the four, open-ended Core Knowledge questions.
New! CCIE Dubai Lab Location
The CCIE lab in Dubai has relocated to a new facility. Effective November 22, 2009, CCIE lab candidates testing in the Dubai test center should report to the new facility located at:
Cisco Systems Dubai
New! CCIE R&S Certification v 4.0 Exams Now Available
Effective October 19, 2009 Cisco CCIE® Routing and Switching v4.0 certification exams are available in all testing locations worldwide. The competencies required for CCIE R&S v4.0 certification can be found on the Cisco Learning Network under CCIE R&S v4.0 written exam topics and CCIE R&S v4.0 lab exam topics in the CCIE R&S section of the site.
Both the written and lab exams have been refreshed with new questions covering MPLS and VPN networking. The written exam includes new scenario-based questions. The lab exam now requires hands-on troubleshooting of preconfigured networks, in addition to configuration. Exam duration and pricing will remain the same, with the two-hour written exam at USD $350 and the eight-hour lab at USD $1400.
Introducing Cisco Lab Safe, a Training Investment Assurance Promotion
Together, the Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Routing and Switching and the Cisco Lab Safe promotion provide added assurance in the quality and value of your CCIE training investment.
Refresh of CCIE Security Lab Exam is Now Live
Effective April 20, 2009, important content changes have been implemented in the CCIE Security Lab exam. Candidates should prepare using the v3.0 Lab Equipment and Software versions and v3.0 Blueprint. After April 20, 2009, students should no longer use the v2.0 Lab Equipment and Software versions and v2.0 blueprint as they have formally reached end of life.
Updates to the CCIE Lab and Written Exam Question Format and Scoring
Effective February 1, 2009, Cisco will introduce a new type of question format to CCIE Routing and Switching lab exams. In addition to the live configuration scenarios, candidates will be asked a series of four or five open-ended questions, on the computer screen, drawn from a pool of questions based on the material covered on the lab blueprint. No new topics are being added.
Candidates will also see two other changes to the CCIE written exams. Effective February 17th, 2009, candidates will be required to answer each question before moving on to the next question. In other words, candidates will no longer be allowed to skip a question and come back to it at a later time. Finally, there will be an update to the overall score report. The overall exam score and the exam passing score will now be reported on a scale from 300-1000.
To find out more information regarding updates to the CCIE Lab and scoring format, access the CCIE Q&A session in the link below.
Introducing the Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Routing and Switching
Designed with high-potential network professionals in mind, the Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Routing and Switching is a comprehensive, blended learning program designed to accelerate expert-level competency and provide the skills and training needed to prepare candidates for the rigorous CCIE Routing and Switching exam.
Find out more about the Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Routing and Switching.
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News & Announcements
10 May 2010
Beginning May 10, 2010, CCIE R&S and CCIE Voice lab exams in all global locations will no longer include the four, open-ended Core Knowledge questions.
05 April 2010
Additional tools to help you prepare for your lab exam.
16 March 2010
Beginning April 1, 2010, students who attend a Cisco 360 Learning Program workshop may request a waiver for the Core Knowledge section of the CCIE R&S or the CCIE Voice lab exam.
30 June 2009
CCNP Wireless certification recognizes the critical importance of professionals who support and manage Cisco wireless LANs and networks.
15 June 2009
Effective July 16, 2009, the new CCIE Voice Lab Exam v3.0 will be live for test candidates. Also effective July 16, 2009, the Cisco CCIE Voice Lab Exam will feature a new type of question format in a section called Core Knowledge.
15 May 2009
Effective June 15, 2009, the Cisco CCIE Security lab exam will feature a new type of question format in a section called Core Knowledge.
05 May 2009
Cisco has revised the certification requirements for CCIE R&S and published the new v4.0 standards (formerly known as blueprints) on the Cisco Learning Network.
20 Apr 2009
Effective April 20, 2009, important content changes have been implemented in the CCIE Security Lab exams. Candidates for lab exams scheduled April 20, 2009 or later should prepare using the v3.0 Lab Equipment and Software versions.
12 Mar 2009
To meet the needs of today's expert-level voice services professionals, Cisco has refreshed the lab portion of its popular CCIE Voice certification.
29 Aug 2008
In effort to improve the availability of CCIE lab exams Cisco has updated the CCIE lab payment process.
22 Aug 2008
On Sept 24 2008 CCIE labs will no longer support using the UniversCD documentation for the lab exam.
03 Mar 2008
Beginning April 3, 2008, a beta version of the new CCIE Storage qualification exam will be available at all testing centers for a reduced price.