There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification
exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth
understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years
of job experience before attempting certification. You can review the exam preparation materials
included on this page for more information.
Step One: CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam
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 troubleshoot the network 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.