Can I go CCIE RS exam directly? -The prerequisites of CCIE exam
Before I answer your question, let’s me first share some information regarding the CCIE R&S Certification. To begin with, its full form is Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching. Cisco systems had introduced the CCIE certification in 1993 to help the industry to identify the world's top Internet experts. Another thing that you should know that clearing the CCIE R&S certification exam will certify that you are having the skills that are required of expert-level network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged with the infrastructure of the network.
Formally there are no prerequisites to appear for the CCIE certification exam. What I mean to say is that no other professional certifications or training courses are required to give the CCIE R&S Exam. In fact, you need to pass a written qualification exam, and then you need to clear the corresponding hands-on lab exam.
As to have an upper hand on the exam, it would be good if you have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the blueprints of the exam and it is strongly recommended that you have about three to five years of experience of the job, before attempting the Certification.
Step 1: CCIE R&S Written Exam:
Firstly, you need to put the focus on the two-hour, written qualification exam. This exam maintains the concepts of computer networking and some computer equipment commands before it makes you eligible to schedule the CCIE R&S lab exam.
Step 2: CCIE R&S Lab Exam:
The First step would probably be a piece of cake, but this one is going to take some time for you to intervene in success. CCIE R&S Lab Exam is made of long and tiring eight hours. Lab Exam is going to tests your abilities to configure the actual equipment and troubleshoot the network in a timed test situation.
Now let’s discuss the real question here, whether to go directly for the CCIE Exam, or they should first go on from CCNA and CCNP certification. So to answer it, yeah definitely the skipping of CCNA and CCNP is going to save a lot of money and time. But skipping the learning part of CCNA and CCNP wouldn’t be a good idea. You need to be very strong and thorough with your fundamentals. Yes, you are not required to remember the commands as there's no one, who could remember all those commands. So now when you have decided to skip the CCIE R&S Exam, but you should and must be able to understand the logic behind each and every method. You need to first identify the problem and then try to come up with your own solutions. Self-Analysis is the best way through which one can find a solution is a better perspective way. Else there would be no other use of CCIE certification.
CCIE is not just a certification exam. If you become a CCIE, you would be looked upon as an expert. Another tiny detail that I miss is that I am also a CCIE certified (Routing and Switching). And as a matter of fact, I too have skipped both the CCNA and CCNP exams, but only exams, not learning.
So, I would like to say Good Luck to all the candidates. Do fall in love with networking and you are going to enjoy every bit of your journey.
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