Requirements for Certification
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 Service Provider Written Exam
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering concepts and equipment commands related to packet-based networking infrastructure, before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.
Step Two: CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to configure actual equipment and get a service
provider 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.