All Cisco certifications culminate in a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) credential; however, only 2% of people who earn a CCNP ever attempt the CCIE. Recently the CCIE – Routing & Switching went through a major overhaul. Version 5.0 of the exam tests individuals on some newer technologies, plus removes topics no longer relevant in today’s day and age.
The CCIE – Routing and Switching certifies the skills required of expert-level network engineers to plan, operate, and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructures. Some topics include layer 2/3 technologies, virtual private networks, infrastructure security, and quality of service.
You need to pass a comprehensive written examination, followed by an 8-hour hands-on practical lab, to earn a CCIE. These tests will push you to your limits, and requires months, if not years, of studying to achieve. Earning a CCIE may seem unattainable right now, but with hard work and determination we can all reach that goal.
For more information: http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/certifications/expert/ccie_rs/index.html
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