Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

Certainly the unparalleled networking certification today is and remains the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), which comes in a wide range of specialties. The annual production of CCIEs remains small enough that Cisco still claims it could hire all of them itself, with demand and appreciation for this difficult and rewarding certification still extremely high. Over the past few years, the Storage Networking credential gave way to the Collaboration specialty, and the Data Center credential was introduced.

Although the road to obtaining the CCIE is long and hard, it will be well worth the effort, time and money spent. This is a credential that will open doors to plenty of job opportunities and high salaries.

Table 5: CCIE Facts & Figures

Certification Name

  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

Prerequisites/ Required Courses

  • None

Number of Exams

Every CCIE track requires both a written and lab exam. Written exam scores are valid for 18 months. Lab exams must be attempted within 18 months of the written exam. CCIE candidates may not schedule a lab exam until a passing score is received on the written exam. Candidates must retake the written exam if the lab exam is not passed within 3 years.CCIE Collaboration:
– CCIE Collaboration Written Exam: 400-051
– CCIE Collaboration Lab ExamCCIE Data Center:
– CCIE Data Center Written Exam: 350-080
– CCIE Data Center Lab ExamCCIE Routing and Switching:
– CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam: 400-101
– Routing and Switching Lab ExamCCIE Security:
– CCIE Security Written Exam: 350-018
– CCIE Security Lab ExamCCIE Service Provider:
– CCIE SP Written Exam: 350-029
– CCIE SP Lab ExamCCIE Service Provider Operations:
– CCIE SP Operations Written Exam v1.0: 350-060
– CCIE SP Operations Practical ExamCCIE Wireless:
– CCIE Wireless Written Exam: 350-050
– CCIE Wireless Lab Exam

Cost per Exam

  • Written exam: $400 USD or equivalent worldwide.
  • Lab exam: $1,600 USD or equivalent worldwide.
  • Note: Exam rates vary based on exchange rates and local taxes (VAT, GST)


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