Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert

Certifying Network Experts

CCIE is Cisco’s highest level of professional certification

Put your knowledge and experience to the test. Achieve Cisco CCIE certification and accelerate your career.

CCIE have 5 different Track

The table below describes the focus of each CCIE track.

Routing and Switching Track
  • Most popular CCIE track
  • Expert knowledge of networking across LAN and WAN interfaces and variety of routers and switches
  • Solve complex connectivity problems to increase bandwidth, improve response times, maximize performance, and support global operations
Security Track
  • Expert knowledge of security and VPN solutions
  • Solid understanding of Windows, Unix, Linux and HTTP, SMTP, FTP and DNS
  • Core IP routing not required, but must demonstrate in-depth understanding of Layer 2 and 3 network infrastructure
  • Capable of configuring complex, end-to-end secure networks, troubleshooting integrated environments, and understanding common attacks and mitigation techniques
Service Provider Track
  • Expert level knowledge of IP fundamentals and technologies
  • Expertise in building an extensible service provider network infrastructure to deliver rich managed services
  • Advanced skills related to packet architecture and technologies important to service providers, such as service provisioning, MPLS, VPNs, service level agreements and basic security
Storage Networking Track
  • Expert knowledge in the implementation and troubleshooting of storage area networks
  • Skilled with LANs, MANs and WANs over Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCIP and FICON
  • Core IP routing not required, but must demonstrate in-depth understanding of Layer 2 and 3 network infrastructure
Voice Track
  • Expert knowledge of Cisco Voice over IP (VoIP) products and solutions in an enterprise environment
  • Capable of building and configuring complex end-to-end telephony network, troubleshooting and resolving VoIP-related problems
  • Core IP routing not required, but must ensure quality of service using in-depth understanding of Layer 2 and 3 network infrastructure

To obtain this CCIE u must take 2 exam, written exam and Lab exam.

Beta Exams

Each written exam version is offered first in beta form at a discounted cost of US$50. Beta exams are scheduled as you would other written exams and are available at all worldwide testing locations. A passing grade on the beta qualifies a candidate to schedule the lab exam. Results, however, are typically not available until six to eight weeks after the close of the beta. A candidate may attempt the beta exam only once during the beta period.


Written exams are administered by independent vendors at cost of US$300. Costs may vary due to exchange rates and local taxes (VAT, GST).


Candidates must make an initial attempt of the CCIE lab exam within 18 months of passing the CCIE written exam. Valid passing scores on written exams expire after 18 months.


Written exams are taken at any worldwide VUE testing facility. See their websites for more details.


Written exam results are Pass/Fail and are available immediately following the exam. The passing score is set by statistical analysis and is subject to periodic change.


Candidates must wait five days between attempts at the written exam. Once a candidate has passed the exam, he or she may not take the same exam again (for recertification purposes) for at least 180 days.

ab Exam Information

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The Final Step in Earning Your CCIE

Lab exams are eight-hour, hands-on exams that test the ability to configure and troubleshoot networking equipment and software. The topics covered on lab exams can be found on the Track Details pages, links provided on this page. Not all exams are offered at all Cisco CCIE lab locations; please consult Lab Exam Locations for specific details.

Lab Scheduling and Payment

A valid passing score on a written exam is required to schedule a lab exam. Written exam scores are automatically downloaded from testing vendors, but may take up to ten days to appear in your file. You will need the identification number you used to register for the written exam, the date of your passing exam and your passing score.

Exams must be paid for at least 28 days before the scheduled lab date, or the reservation will be automatically cancelled. You will only receive one email notification reminding you to make your payment. You can verify the payment due date on an exam by logging in and viewing your Certification Status. Payment options depend on the location of the lab exam, as indicated in the table below.

Payment processing generally takes one to seven days, so be sure to initiate the process well in advance of the payment due date. All payments will be posted exactly 28 days prior to your scheduled lab date, regardless of when you initiate the process. Invoices will not be issued until the payment is processed.

Cost of Lab Exam

Lab exams cost $1,400 USD each, not including travel and lodging. Costs may vary due to exchange rates and local taxes (VAT in Brussels and GST in Sydney). You are responsible for any fees your financial institution may charge to complete the payment transaction.

Source : Cisco


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