Cisco CCIE Certification is an Expert Level Certification. CCIE stands for Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert. CCIE certified people are considered to be the masters of Cisco products and network design and solutions. CCIE certifier’s have a reputation of leading the network industry and having a deep knowledge of networks as well. Credit to this admired reputation goes to Cisco for keeping the certification exams so well aligned with the real world tasks and market described job roles that, once certified, a person can handle as much as anything in a network domain. Continuous updates and revision of the exam curriculum determines the relevancy of the certification. CCIE is achieved by going through an extensive written exam and a practical lab test followed by it. CCIE exam makes sure to test all the limits of knowledge starting from the very basic right up to the internet working expertise of a candidate. At 3 to 5 years’ experience is highly recommended before attempting for the certification.
CCIE Routing and Switching certification validates the candidate’s knowledge about installing, configuring, operating and troubleshooting a complicated network infrastructure.
This is the last in its hierarchy and indeed the most precious of all routing and switching certifications.
Exam objectives are to test the expertise of a candidate in a brain twisting network scenario exam both written and practical. This tests the knowledge on a network of thousands of nodes and on converging networks too. It concentrates on following domains
- Plan, implementation and operation
- Testing and fault analysis
- Performance and optimization analysis
- Security testing and methodology, designing
- Virtual private networks
A certified is expected to solve complex connectivity problems and apply technology solutions to amplify network bandwidth, maximize the network response time, enhance network performance and increase security.
The interconnectivity and transparency in network is an important objective of this exam. The connectivity possibilities, solutions, operations and troubleshooting are all keys of this exam. The connectivity usually includes connectivity or communication design between two organizations with different network architecture and protocols. Introducing suitable middleware for communication between the networks is the prime objective of a certified person. The interoperability of resources (if organization share resources) , the security of the resources with in transit and maintaining the two networks in a stable responsive state the teaching goal of this exam.
Part 1: CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam
Written exam for CCIE Routing and switching check concepts of a candidate about the design, implementation and troubleshooting methodologies for a network scenario. The exam might present a hypothetical network scenario and can ask various questions about it or can ask direct conceptual questions regarding the concepts like load balancing or about network security protocols. Exam length is no more than 2 hours. CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam come with the exam name 400-101 CCIE Routing and Switching.
Part 2: CCIE Routing and Switching Lab Exam
Eight hour long Lab exam presents the candidate with the real time equipment and a real time design to implement it with. There could possibly be a network attack to simulate or prevent. A candidate must expect a troubleshooting scenario as well. A candidate should appear for a lab exam within 18 months of clearing the written exam.
CCIE Routing and Switching certification has to be renewed every 24 months by either reappearing in the CCIE Routing and Switching exam or doing any of the following certifications.
- CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert)
- CCAr (Cisco Certified Architect)
A candidate must have be a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching certified.
Skills and Benefits
CCIE is a long and tough set of certifications but the skill sets the candidate earns as a result of this is the Specialist level that can handle every network situation either LAN or WAN, deployment or troubleshooting and the confidence that comes with the certification is worth the effort.
This is the highest certification provided by Cisco in the field of Routing and Switching. A candidate, if seeking more, can apply for a certification in a different domain like CCIE Security, CCIE Wireless etc.