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Cisco introduced CCIE in 1993 to help individuals, companies, industries and countries succeed in the networked world, by distinguishing the top echelon of internetworking experts.

Today the CCIE program sets the standard for internetworking expertise and evolves with the industry. The CCIE program is committed to valid, fair and high quality exams.

What CCIE certification stands for:

  • CCIE identifies experts with the skills and experience to handle the most challenging assignments in their field. CCIE exams are constantly updated and revised to evolve with the industry, focusing on current technologies and real-world applications.

  • CCIE is recognized worldwide as the most respected high-level certification in the industry (see Awards & Recognitions). The program continually updates and revises its testing tools and methodologies to ensure unparalleled program quality, relevance and value.

  • CCIE is an objective way to compare individuals, or job candidates, with different experience and backgrounds.

  • Preferred status is given to Cisco partners who employ CCIEs (find out more at Cisco Channel Programs).

Why you should hire a CCIE:

  • Maintenance of your network is fundamental to protect assets and to ensure seamless operations. The environment is growing more complex with operations conducted over VPNs, wireless, remote access and the Internet. You need proven experts to choose, implement and maintain the solutions required.

  • Having certified staff can increase the confidence of your customers, investors and business partners, and thereby boost your organization’s credibility, reputation and value.

  • Certified CCIEs are a highly-select group. Less than 3% of all Cisco certified individuals make it to the CCIE level, a tiny fraction of IT professionals worldwide.

  • Passing the exams is not easy. Earning your CCIE requires passing a lab exam in a time pressured environment. Hands-on experience is the only way to prepare for the lab.

  • CCIEs have invested a lot to expand their knowledge and further their careers. The average candidate spends thousands of their own dollars and at least 18 months pursuing certification. He or she will attempt the lab exam more than once before passing.

  • CCIEs are committed to maintaining their expert skills. Keeping their status active requires passing a recertification exam every two years.

Why you don't want to lose a CCIE from your staff:

  • The risk to operations is significant with the loss of a qualified IT expert. The remaining staff must compensate to avoid disruptions that impact customer satisfaction, reduce productivity or inflict economic loss.

  • Return on investment in an employee is disrupted with turnover. Employers invest in certified staff through training courses, books and technical materials, practice equipment, time off for study and exams, and the cost of the exam itself.

  • It takes time to achieve certification. The typical CCIE will spend at least 18 months completing the process and take the lab exam more than once before passing.

  • The benefits of Gold or Silver Channel Partner status are only available to companies who maintain the required number of certified staff.



CCIE Verification Tool

You may verify an individual’s certification status with his or her name and unique CCIE number. You must login using your Cisco CCO account to access the verification tool.

Cisco limits the recruiting of CCIEs from one partner to another

Because of their expert skills and experience, CCIEs are in demand among Cisco's channel partners. To limit the adverse impact of losing a key staff member, Cisco's Gold and Silver Channel Partner Program sets policy regarding hiring CCIEs away from other Cisco Channel Partners. In general, the program rules prevent a reseller who hires a CCIE away from another reseller, from using that CCIE to qualify for Gold or Silver status for a period of 12 months. More information can be found in the Gold and Silver Program Policy Document in Appendix D, Section 4 "CCIE Policies" or by contacting Partner Support.