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As the CCIE program continues to grow and develop Learning@Cisco recognizes that the individuals certified within the program are also growing and developing. To recognize the long term members of this program a new level of involvement has been created - CCIE Emeritus.

Who is Emeritus for?

Long term CCIE's who have moved out of the "day to day" technical work but would like to stay involved in the program serving as ambassadors to current and future CCIE's.

Emeritus Guidelines:

At the 10 year anniversary Cisco will send an email informing the CCIE of potential eligibility for Emeritus. CCIE's desiring to join the Emeritus program must complete an application in the CCIE lab scheduler under the "Purchase Emeritus" tab.

Approval is subject to Cisco's sole discretion. Emeritus status is granted for one year from your expiration date. Emeritus CCIE's must reapply and pay each year to maintain status. Reapplication is available 3 months prior to the current Emeritus expiration date. Please note - you are responsible for keeping track of your yearly application date and to reapply as needed.

Emeritus Process

  • At nine years and nine months emails are sent to eligible customers informing them that they are approaching their ten year anniversary and that they are eligible to apply for the Emeritus program.
  • At nine years and nine months the Emeritus tab found in each CCIE profile will be activated and clickable.
  • A confirmation email is sent when the application for Emeritus and payment processing has completed.
  • The profile will not show Emeritus status until payment has cleared. If a CCIE applies for Emeritus before the ten year anniversary is achieved, he or she will show as active or recertified until the 10 year anniversary.

Note: ALL customers are encouraged to update the profile and provide the most current contact information. Failure to receive an informational email does not provide for a policy exception. It is up to each certified individual to ensure their profile has the most current information.

Note: Access into the CCIE profile requires a CSCO ID. Login with Cisco.com User ID and Password. For the first time login, you will need to enter either CSCO ID or Registration ID.

Emeritus Application Requirement:

  • Completed application
  • 10 years active history as a CCIE and an active or suspended status
  • $85.00 annual fee (subject to change year to year)
  • Summary of program participation (detailed in application)

Emeritus Application Requirement - Exception:

CCIEs who recertified to maintain their CCIE status for 10 years and are currently in the inactive status can use the following exception criteria to become eligible to participate in the CCIE Emeritus program:

  1. Complete one of the possible routes below to earn the Business Architecture certification:
    a. Business Value Specialist AND Business Value Practitioner certifications
    b. Business Architecture Specialist AND Business Architecture Practitioner certifications
    c. Enterprise IT Business Specialist certification
  2. Once you have earned one of the Business Transformation certifications, please open a case with Certification Support requesting an Emeritus Exception.
  3. Complete all other Emeritus application requirements.

Candidates who are eligible for this exception will not have the ability to reinstate to an active CCIE. By completing one of the Business Transformation certifications, you become eligible to participate in the CCIE Emeritus program. Once confirmed, you will go through the standard process to purchase CCIE Emeritus.

CCIE Lifetime Emeritus tenure

Beginning February 24, 2020 the following changes will be implemented with regards to Lifetime Tenure:

  • Any Active CCIE or CCIE Emeritus that maintains their CCIE Active or Emeritus status for 20 consecutive years will be given a CCIE Lifetime Emeritus Benefit.
  • CCIE Lifetime Emeritus means that the holder would retain the CCIE Emeritus status for Life without further Emeritus renewal fees.  Active CCIEs do not retain an Emeritus status.
  • When a CCIE member that qualifies for CCIE Lifetime Emeritus Tenure option fails to recertify their CCIE until the last day of their recertification cycle; they will be automatically granted the CCIE Lifetime Emeritus status to save them from going Inactive. 
  • A CCIE Lifetime Emeritus may become “Active” again by fulfilling CCIE recertification requirements at any time.

Emeritus Benefits

  • Permission to use Emeritus logo - subject to Cisco requirements
  • In situations where logo is not applicable the word Emeritus will follow CCIE number
  • CCIE number is maintained but now classified as Emeritus status
  • Candidate is recognized for technical proficiency and long term status within the program
  • Continue to participate in discussion forums, blogs, groups, etc... as an Emeritus
  • Opportunity to re-enter active CCIE status by taking any current written CCIE exam

Emeritus Rules

CCIE Emeritus is a non-active status. As such the following rules apply

  • DOES NOT recertify lower level certifications
  • DOES NOT provide TAC support privileges or preference
  • DOES NOT count towards Channel / Partner requirements
  • DOES NOT apply towards maintaining status levels for Channel Partners
  • DOES REQUIRE candidates to continue to report violations to the program when encountered

Note: As with the CCIE program itself The Learning@Cisco organization and Cisco reserves the right to terminate at any time without specific notice to the candidate. Individuals who are accepted as CCIE Emeritus must maintain all ethics and guidelines of the program.