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.Learn more
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.
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:
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.
The program offers a comprehensive, blended-learning curriculum designed to accelerate competency and build the skills needed to achieve Cisco CCIE certification.
Changes will include:
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.
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.
To maintain active status, CCIEs have the flexibility to recertify every 24 months using one of the options below before the certification expiration date:
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.
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.
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.
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.
CCIE Data Center v2.1 latest updates reflects new software releases and improved specificity of exam topics within each domain.