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CCIE Lab Exam: Coronavirus impact

In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, we took the safety precaution of temporarily closing some of our CCIE lab exam centers. We will evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis and reopen the lab testing centers after it is safe. Because of these closures, the current CCIE lab exams will remain active through April 26, 2020. On April 27, 2020, the new CCIE lab exams will go live and current CCIE certifications will migrate to the new certifications.

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Expert Certifications

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) and Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) certifications are accepted worldwide as the most prestigious networking certifications in the industry.

What's new

We designed the new CCIE certifications to validate your end-to-end lifecycle skills in complex technologies, from planning and design to operating and optimizing.

If you have started working toward any current CCIE certification, keep going. In the new program, you'll receive credit for work you've already completed in the current program.

Learn more about the new CCIE certifications:

Expert-level certifications

The CCIE and CCDE certifications were established to assist the industry in distinguishing the top echelon of internetworking experts worldwide and to assess expert-level infrastructure network design skills worldwide.

To find out more about the current expert level certifications, click the links below.

    The CCIE and CCDE 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 expert-level certification 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, these expert-level certification programs set the standard for internetworking expertise.

    Cisco Expert-level training for CCIE

    The program offers a comprehensive, blended-learning curriculum designed to accelerate competency and build the skills needed to achieve Cisco CCIE certification.

    Cost and scheduling

    Details about exam costs and scheduling can be found using the links provided below.


    CCIE currently operates the lab facilities at Cisco locations around the world, and various mobile lab locations.

    The CCDE practical exam is only available at Pearson Professional Centers (PPC) testing facilities.


    On February 24, 2020, the recertification policy for this exam will be changing.

    Changes will include:

    • Recertification requirement will be every three years
    • Suspended status will no longer be an option
    • Candidates may recertify by taking exam(s), earning points, or a combination of both
    • The number of qualifying CE credits will increase from 100 to 120 credits
    • The continuing education point cap for Cisco Live activities and content-authoring, such as writing exam items, has been removed. Any CCIE Active or CCIE Emeritus who maintains their CCIE Active or Emeritus status for 20 consecutive years will be given a CCIE Lifetime Emeritus Benefit—without further Emeritus renewal fees.

    Until February 24, 2020, the following recertification policy is still in effect:

    Active CCIE status shows your commitment to maintaining expert-level knowledge in an industry critical to the success of virtually every organization. CCIEs are encouraged to continually expand their technical knowledge and are required to recertify every two years. If you do not complete your recertification before the deadlines, your CCIE certification will be suspended, and you and your employer will lose the benefits associated with your expert status. You will have one year to reinstate your CCIE status before you become inactive and must begin the certification process all over again.

    Recertification deadline

    • CCIEs are required to recertify every two years
    • Your recertification deadline can be viewed online anytime (with login) at Certification status
    • Subsequent recertification deadlines are always based on your original certification date, not on when you took your last recertification exam

    Candidates must make an initial attempt at the CCIE lab exam within 18 months of passing the CCIE written exam. Candidates who do not pass must reattempt the lab exam within 12 months of their last scored attempt in order for their written exam to remain valid. If a candidate does not pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, he or she must retake the written exam before being allowed to attempt the lab exam again.

    Recertification Details

    To maintain active status, CCIEs have the flexibility to recertify every 24 months using one of the options below before the certification expiration date:

    • Earn the required credits through the Cisco Continuing Education Program
    • Pass any current CCIE written exam or CCIE lab exam
    • Pass the current CCDE written exam or current CCDE practical exam
    • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview and the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

    CCIE certification automatically extends other Cisco certifications, such as CCNP or CCNA.

    Candidates can apply only one passed written exam or the earned required credits, using Cisco Continuing Education Program, towards recertification for every 24-month recertification period

    Candidates must wait 15 calendar days between attempts at the written exam

    Certification candidates are responsible for keeping track of their certification expiration dates. Please plan your recertification accordingly. If your CCIE recertification requirements are not completed on or before the certification’s expiration date, your CCIE certification will be suspended for one year. Candidates have one year to recertify their CCIE certification by passing the required written exam. If a candidate does not recertify prior to the one-year deadline, your employer will be notified. Suspended candidates have one year to recertify their CCIE certification by passing the required written exam or practical lab before their expert-level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab exams again.

    Achieving or recertifying CCIE automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional, or other expert-level or specialist certification(s), up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE, or CCAr certification achieved.

    Be sure to use the same ID number you were assigned for your original qualification exam to ensure your profile is updated accurately. If you have any questions about which ID number to use, contact CCIE support.

    Continuing Education Program

    Cisco announces a flexible and alternative method of recertification for expert-level certification holders. In addition to the existing option of passing relevant exams, candidates can choose to recertify by earning credits through the Continuing Education Program.


    This section is a quick reference for the policies related to the CCIE and CCDE Certifications program.

    Resources and benefits

    Once you're certified, make sure you're familiar with the resources and benefits available to certified CCIEs and CCDEs. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a part of the CCIE or CCDE community.


    CCIE lab update

    In November 2018, we added a permanent CCIE lab in Richardson, Texas, and Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC and San Jose, CA have become mobile test sites.  We now offer more than 40 locations globally to provide candidates with convenient access to lab testing. We’ll continue to monitor the demands for labs and adjust delivery where necessary.

    Minor updates to CCIE Data Center written and lab exams

    CCIE Data Center v2.1 latest updates reflects new software releases and improved specificity of exam topics within each domain.

    Evolving technologies exam topics revisions

    • Minor updates to evolving technologies domain across all expert-level written exams.