The CCIE certification is done to become a Cisco Certified Internetwork Engineer and this is what CCIE stands for. It is a universally recognized certification offered by Cisco. Though Cisco offers many prestigious certifications, which reflects the proficiency of a professional in respective fields of expertise but CCIE Certification is the highest accreditation ever offered by Cisco. This is a very rare certification because there are only 15000 individuals all across the world possessing CCIE certification. This is why the CCIE community has earned a very high reputation.
Network Engineers holding a valid CCIE certification are well recognized for their expertise in engineering skills. Cisco introduced the CCIE certification in 1993 to distinguishing the top echelon of internetworking experts worldwide. Today, this Cisco certification has become a global standard for many IT companies. The CCIE certification continuously revises and updates its testing tools and methodologies, to maintain its unparalleled quality, relevance and value.
To obtain this prestigious CCIE certification one needs to successfully get through the written exam followed by corresponding hands on lab exam. The written exams are computer based exam lasting for about 2 hours. All the questions are basically Multiple Choice Type. Payment and scheduling of the written exams is done online via Pearson VUE primary test delivery partner. The cost may also vary due to exchange rates and varying local taxes. If you fail in your first test, you have to wait 5 days before retaking it. After clearing the written exam you need to attempt the CCIE lab exam within a minimum of 18 months. The lab exams are eight-hour, hands-on exams which test the proficiency in configuring as well as troubleshooting networking equipment and software.
Though the cost of the CCIE certification is extremely high, recent salary surveys have indicated that CCIE certification holders are most likely to be recognized and rewarded globally and their earning is around 10% more than their non-CCIE certified peers.