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.
That means that between February 24, 2020 and April 27, 2020, to earn CCIE Service Provider, you must pass the 350-501 SPCOR exam and the CCIE Service Provider 4.1 lab exam. As of April 27, 2020, the CCIE Service Provider v5.0 lab exam will go live.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.
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.
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To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):
Last date to test: February 23, 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.
Last date to test: 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.
CCIEs are required to recertify every two years.
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 pass a recertification exam 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 have one year to reinstate your CCIE status before you become inactive and must begin the certification process all over again.
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.