What is CCIE? (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert): CCIE is a technical certification which is a second highest level certification (after CCAr). The CCIE certifies the skills required to design, build, implement, maintain, or troubleshoot complex enterprise networking infrastructures. Depending on the CCIE tracks in several different categories of Cisco technology: Routing & Switching, Service Provider, Security, Collaboration, Data Center, and Wireless.

Types of CCIE : 

There are total six numbers of CCIE certifications. You can attempt Lab Exam after the completion of written exam. CCIE Certifications are valid for 2 years and after every two year, you need to recertify your certification. These are the following Tracks.   

CCIE Routing & Switching: This is an expert level to the technology of networking. CCIE Routing and Switching certification program ensure you stay relevant with new sets of technologies relevant to Routing and Switching.

CCIE Security: In this certification focus is more on Security i.e. security protocols, implementing security policies, modern security risks, alleviate multiple risks of an organization.

CCIE Wireless: This certification provides knowledge for amplifying expert level CISCO wireless configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting and support skills for optimal performance of CISCO wireless network.

CCIE Service Provider: This program is for expert level Service Provider Network Engineer and it is for designers who focus on latest service provider trends and techniques.

CCIE Data Center: CCIE certification provides a candidate to maintain expert level data center technology and complicated infrastructure for IT data center. CCIE Certification is at your best if you are working in Data Center or planning to do so.

CCIE Collaboration: This is the certification of architects which is in high demand in the networking market. CCIE Collaboration provides voice, video, data and complex mobile applications and makes you applicable for demanding IT industries which increase your professional value.

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CCIE Lab Exam: 

The lab exams are the very most important examination to be cleared. There are different lab exam for different tracks like Routing and Switching, Security, Service Provider, Data Center, Collaboration, Wireless and syllabus for the same courses are different. A lot of practice, hard work and self-study are required to crack ccie lab exam

  • CCIE Lab Format: The 8-hour lab format consists of 3 modules that need to be taken during the day of the exam:

        Module 1: Troubleshooting module (2 hours)

        Module 2: Diagnostic Module (1 hour)

        Module 3: Configuration Module (5 hours)

A candidate can borrow up to 30 min from the configuration section and use it in trouble shooting section.

  • Cost: Cost for CISCO Lab Exam for different courses may vary due to the exchange rates and local taxes (VAT/GST). Expenses like travelling and hotel services do not include the lab exam cost.
  • Result: After the completion of CISCO Lab Exam the result is declared online within 48 hours.

CCIE Lab locations:

There are total nine (9) permanent worldwide CISCO CCIE lab locations and various Mobile locations for some fixed dates and time.

Lab Centre Lab Location R&S Security Service provider Data Center Collaboration Wireless Payment
Bangalore, India Cisco Systems (India) Pvt Ltd.
Building 12
SEZ Unit, Cessna Business Park
Kadubeesanahalli Village
Bangalore 560 087
Karnataka, India
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CC
Beijing, PRC Cisco Systems
7-12/F Building C
Yintai Office Tower, Beijing Yintai Centre
No. 2 Jianguomenwai Ave
Chaoyang District
Beijing, P.R.C. 100022
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes WT
Brussels, Belgium Cisco Systems
Pegasus 2
Pegasus Park
De Kleetlaan 6
B-1831 Diegem
Belgium
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CC
Dubai, UAE Cisco Systems Dubai
Plot No.- A004 – 024, Al Safouh-2
P.O.Box 500321
Knowledge Village, Dubai
The United Arab Emirates
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CC
Hong Kong, PRC Cisco Systems
Unit 2901-2905
31st Level, Great Eagle Centre,
23 Harbor Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong, P.R. China
Tel: 852.2588.3100
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CC
RTP, USA Cisco Systems
7025 -3 Kit Creek Road
Building 3 (Lake Building; third building on the left)
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CC
San Jose, USA Cisco Systems
175 West Tasman Drive
Bldg L, 1st floor
San Jose, CA USA 95134
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CC
Sydney, Australia Cisco Systems Australia
Level 3, The Forum
201 Pacific Highway
St Leonards
NSW 2065
Australia
Phone 61-2-8446 6000
(St Leonards Railway Station)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CC
Tokyo, Japan Midtown Tower, 21st Floor
9-7-1 Akasaka
Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-6227
Japan
Tel: 81-3-6434-6500
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes WT

For the candidates from India, the nearby places would be “Bangalore, India”, “Dubai, UAE”, “Hong Kong, PRC” for CISCO CCIE Lab Exam.

WT= Wire Transfer

CC=Credit Cards Accepted (American Express, Visa, and MasterCard),

* Euro card accepted in Brussels.

Conclusion: A CCIE certified has expert level knowledge of networking technology. Lab exams are the very important part of the CCIE Certification, the one who passes the exam are expected to know every knowledge for the technology at the same time CCIE engineers are said to be finest engineers in networking domain. 

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