CCIE Introduction

Here are extracts from Cisco themselves on what the CCIE R&S is all about:

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching (CCIE Routing and Switching) certifies the skills required of expert-level network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructure.


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.

Step One: CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam, which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step Two: CCIE Routing and Switching Lab Exam

The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to configure actual equipment and troubleshoot the network 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. 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.


Moving onto slightly bigger and different things.

Well I passed CCNA Voice with 965/1000. To be honest it was a tough exam to get through without the right material. There were questions in the exam that didn’t appear in any of the study material I used (Cisco Unified Border Element), very similar to CCNA Wireless whereby Cisco expect you know off topic stuff, like the difference in frequency between an iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. :/ As well as the usual highly ambigious questions which are quite simply frustrating. Still we should be used to this by now, although for me personally it wasn’t as common in the CCNP, I begin to see why a lot of people pursue R&S as aposed to the other tracks. But hey, R&S is my comfort zone. Anyway that is now over with so let me review exactly where I am in with Cisco certifications:

(In pass date order)

  • CCNA
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNP Routing & Switching (ROUTE, SWITCH, TSHOOT)
  • CCNA Wireless
  • CCNA Voice

So I have met my objective to achieve Associate level knowledge of each mainstream Cisco track… but wait… they now have CCNA Video! No thanks.. Moving on to what this is really about.. achieving the top level of certification with Cisco, the CCIE.

My next step is to put some time into exactly what the CCIE is all about and to also note any web articles with any general information about the CCIE and what is involved to site the written and lab exams. More to follow.

I want digits.

My name is Dean and I am 30 years old. I have been working as a Network Professional for roughly 10 years in various environments. I currently hold CCNP status in Routing & Switching as well as CCNA, CCNA Wireless and CCNA Security. I am currently working towards the CCNA Voice certification which I will be sitting on 19th April 2013. My overall aim being to possess associate level skillsets in each track, but my overall comfort zone and speciality being R&S.

I have recently decided that I want the big prize and aim to attempt the CCIE lab in the not too distant future. I aim to use this website to document my journey and for it to also act as a repository for my studies.