This version of the CCIE Service Provider certification has been retired as of April 27, 2020 and has been replaced by the new CCIE Service Provider certification.Learn more
The Cisco CCIE Service Provider certification is for expert-level Service Provider network engineers who bring the knowledge and skill to build an extensible Service Provider infrastructure to deliver rich managed services.
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 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.
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 make an initial attempt of 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 you do not pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, you must retake the written exam before being allowed to attempt the lab exam again.
To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):
Retired: February 24, 2020
Candidates preparing for the CCIE SP Written exam should possess expert level knowledge as a Service Provider network engineer to implement, troubleshoot, and optimize Service Provider features and technologies. The exam focuses on dual-stack solutions for both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies.
Retired: April 26, 2020
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to configure actual equipment and get a service provider network running in a timed test situation.
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.