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New CCIE: An Overview at the New Exams, Labs

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  •   Posted on: 2019-08-14
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If you would be planning on earning a CCIE anytime soon, take time to get familiar with the anticipated changes to the expert-level certification of Cisco. They might be affecting your plans, and you would be willing to adjust accordingly.


Cisco is making its cert menu more nimble as well as relevant for the shifting landscape of programming and networking, and that would be including revamping the CCIE program. The changes are due to go into effect on Feb. 24, 2020, so you would be having plenty of time to work toward a current CCIE.

That said, you would need to be prepared as well as ready for the new face of Cisco CCIE certification. If you wish to have this certification, you should check out the courses, offered by the SPOTO CLUB.


Let’s have a look at what you should know.


The CCIE Today

The CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is considered to be Cisco’s most prestigious certification. It would also be one of the most difficult, ranking No. 1 in 10 Most Difficult IT Certifications list. Someone who has earned their CCIE is generally considered to be as the cream of the crop when it comes to network engineering. A CCIE cert-holder has proved that they have mastered a given domain of Cisco networking.


Currently, there are seven expert-level certification programs through which you could choose from. All of them would be focused on a different area.


· CCIE Routing & Switching

· CCIE Wireless

· CCIE Service Provider

· CCIE Security

· CCIE Data Center

· CCIE Collaboration

· CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert)

As for CCIE certification requirements, let’s utilize the CCIE Routing & Switching certification as an example.


In order to obtain the CCIE Routing & Switching certification, you would be required to pass a written exam and a lab exam. For this certification, you would have to take the 400-101 CCIE Routing & Switching written exam. While there would be technically no prerequisites for the CCIE, the written exam acts as a way through which you could validate your skills. Clearing this allows you to be eligible for the lab exam. The CCIE lab is an 8-hour exam that would be broken up into different segments. These segments of the CCIE lab would be testing your ability to build, maintain, as well as troubleshoot networks. The CCIE lab is considered to be very advanced.

A New Era of CCIE Certification

Similar to the CCNP, the CCIE would be changing up its certification offerings also.


The new CCIE certifications are:

· CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure

· CCIE Enterprise Wireless

· CCIE Data Center

· CCIE Security

· CCIE Service Provider

· CCIE Collaboration


There would be a few differences between the existing CCIE options as well as the options coming in 2020. The most notable would be the absence of CCIE Routing and Switching. This certification is considered to be replaced by the CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure certification. CCIE Wireless would be replaced by CCIE Enterprise Wireless, while CCDE would be left unchanged, for now.

We would just stick to our equivalent for CCIE Routing and Switching for our example, CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure. Just like before it is still a two-step process: a qualifying written exam which would be followed by the lab exam. You’ll begin off by taking the Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies 300-401 ENCOR. Interestingly, this core exam is considered to be actually the same exam that would be required for CCNP Enterprise. This change would be able to give you the flexibility to either continue studying for your CCIE or finish up the CCNP concentration exam.


SPOTO would be updating their courses from time to time and hence if you wish to old or new CCIE Certification, you should check out the courses offered at the SPOTO CLUB CCIE Section.

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