For any network expert who is planning to move ahead in his career, getting a Cisco certified design expert certification or in short CCDE certification helps him grow by leaps and bounds.
Cisco’s CCDE certification verifies a candidate’s knowledge about fundamental principles of advanced network infrastructure design for very large networks. If you are able to clear this certification, you are expected to display your expertise in planning, designing, optimization and security for the infrastructure level for the customer networks. Unlike other expert certifications by Cisco there are no such eligibility criteria to appear for the CCDE certification. The candidates are expected to have at least seven or more years experience in the networking field with an excellent understanding and expertise in the topics covered in its curriculum.
The certification consists of two steps of exams: first step is the written exam to corroborate the theoretical knowledge of the candidate and after clearing it, he must pass in the practical exam as well to get a CCDE certification. The written exam is a two hour long exam which comprises networking infrastructure design theories and its various concepts. Only after you pass the written exam you get eligible for the next step of practical exam.
The practical exam is a design centric exam which will validate your skills in performing design analysis, justifying the requirements of design and finally develop an implementation based on the industry standard practices. This exam is specifically designed to exam your expertise in applying your theoretical knowledge and experience in real and current problems being faced in the technical network design.
For the preparation of this certification there are numerous study guides and practice exams obtainable, some of which are written by the certified subject matter experts themselves who adhere to the highest technical accuracy. It is up to you to decide which exam simulator to choose while preparing for CCDE certification. On the other hand, it is always recommended to use a demo of any practice exam before you finally make up your mind to buy it. This ensures the usability and relevance of the exam simulator.