Cisco certified internetwork expert or CCIE certification is Cisco’s highest expert level certification. It’s a certification which is considered to be one of the hardest certifications in the world, which every other network expert wishes to have, to accelerate his expert growth in the networking field. No doubt, the people with this certification also happen to be the ones who are earning the highest salaries out of this.
The CCIE certification consists of one written exam and a lab exam which is conducted only at ten selected places throughout the world. This lab exam’s fee is 1400$ for each attempt made. But before the lab exam, one has to take the written exam in a specific area of his chosen track. If you are able to clear the written examination you have one and a half year to give the lab exam, On the other hand, if the first attempt is not successful you have to wait till three years to complete the lab exam.
The lab exam is an intensive eight hours long hand on exam especially designed to demonstrate that, apart from the candidate’s internetworking theoretical knowledge he has the practical hands on expertise as well. In case the candidate is unable to clear the lab exam, next time he has to start all over again. So he has to give and pass the written exam before he appears for the lab exam.
It is also possible to have multiple CCIE certifications but it required comprehensive knowledge and mastery in more than one track. One requires to clear both the written and lab exam in those tracks if he is aiming for multiple certifications. As per the exam records there are only 1729 network experts who hold multiple CCIE certifications.
CCIE routing and switching is currently the most popular track in which nearly two thousand individuals have attained the certification. This track covers the expert level knowledge on various networking concepts and protocols. The CCIE security covers network security like ADA, IDS. IOS etc. The CCIE service provider concentrates on networking especially in the service providing industry on subjects like DSL, broadband cable, content networking, VoIP etc. The fourth track is CCIE voice which is about having an expert level knowledge in voice based networks on subjects such as QoS, Cisco unity, unity express etc.