The CCIE Wireless track will be updating through a minor revision. The updated exam curriculum unifies the eight domains that will encompass the updated exam topics. In this new unified exam topics approach, Written and Lab Exam Topics are presented into a single curriculum, however, exam topics that pertain to each exam are explicitly disclosed, indicating the relative weight of each domain per exam.
Within the unified exam blueprint, all of the topics listed appear on both the Written and the Lab exams, however some topics are only relevant to the Written exam. Although the overall exam topics might look slightly different at first sight, the overall (technical) change between the CCIE Wireless revisions (3.0 and 3.1) is only about 20%. This is the ultimate goal of the minor revision approach; to keep changes small, frequent, and incremental. In addition to the new unified approach, there is also a new segmentation around the eight domains which has been introduced to closer align the track to the current Cisco wireless portfolio, as well as to improve the logical structure of the exams. A glance through the new blueprint will reveal that, for this minor revision, most of the changes have resulted in removing technologies/topics rather than adding them. Two reasons have prompted this outcome: 1) Within the last two years, there has been a shift of focus in some of the technologies that were present in v3.0, and 2) There has also been a conscious effort to make the overall exam blueprint more wireless centric.
More information about the unified exam topics approach can be found here.
Note that the exam topics serve as a general guideline for the content likely to be included in an exam. However, other related topics may also appear in different exam forms.
Below is the domain level comparison of CCIE Wireless v3.0 and v3.1
CCIE Wireless v3.0
CCIE Wireless v3.1
Compared to CCIE Wireless version 3.0, domains have remained almost identical. The main change has been the removal of previous Section 5; “Converged Access”. The rest of the domains have been kept, although minor modifications have been made within these domains as well. As a result, domain weightings have shifted slightly as per table below:
CCIE Wireless 3.0 Domains
|Written (%)||Lab (%)|
|Planning & Designing WLAN Technologies||11||NA|
|Configure and Troubleshoot the Network Infrastructure||10||12|
|Configure and Troubleshoot an Autonomous Deployment Model||10||10|
|Configure and Troubleshoot a Unified Deployment Model (Centralized)||18||23|
|Configure and Troubleshoot a Unified Deployment Model (Converged)||11||17|
|Configure and Troubleshoot Security & Identity Management||10||15|
|Configure and Troubleshoot Prime Infrastructure and MSE||10||10|
|Configure and Troubleshoot WLAN media and application services||10||13|
CCIE Wireless 3.1 Domains
|Written (%)||Lab (%)|
|Plan and Design WLAN Technologies||16||N/A|
|Configure and Troubleshoot the Network Infrastructure||12||15|
|Configure and Troubleshoot an Autonomous Deployment Model||8||12|
|Configure and Troubleshoot AireOS appliance, virtual, and Mobility Express controllers||18||27|
|Configure and Troubleshoot Wireless Security & Identity Management with ISE||13||17|
|Configure and Troubleshoot Prime Infrastructure and MSE/CMX||12||15|
|Configure and Troubleshot WLAN media and application services||11||14|
Domain 1 – Plan and Design WLAN Technologies
No major changes within this section, just the addition of three topics at sub-task level:
Domain 2 – Configure and Troubleshoot the Network Infrastructure
A fair number of topics in this section have been removed:
And, a few items which are still part of this domain, have been rephrased to better define their scope:
Domain 3 – Configure and Troubleshoot an Autonomous Deployment Model
Some minor modifications, including the removal of the following topics:
And, the renaming of this one item:
Domain 4 – Configure and Troubleshoot AireOS appliance, virtual, and Mobility Express controllers
There has been some overall restructuring within this section, in order to better define the scope of some of the tasks. In addition to that, some new items have been introduced to leverage some of the new functionality within code 8.3.
Domain 5 – Configure and Troubleshoot a Unified Deployment Model (Converged)
This is the key change for this minor revision, as the whole of this section has been removed.
Domain 6 – Configure and Troubleshoot Wireless Security & Identity Management with ISE
Two very minor changes in this section:
Domain 7 – Configure and Troubleshoot Prime Infrastructure and MSE/CMX
Some minor modifications, as this section transitions towards CMX.
Domain 8 – Configure and Troubleshoot WLAN media and application services
Some minor modifications, which include:
With the changes outlined above, the CCIE Wireless version 3.1 strives to be more wireless centric. To achieve this, the new exam looks at the past two years, introducing new wireless technologies that have emerged during this period and, removing some of the ones that have lost their focus. Throughout the exam, there has also been an effort to keep the relevancy of the tasks around wireless specific cases.
The CCIE Wireless Lab exam environment has been updated. As part of these changes, some new technologies and features have been added while others were removed. Special mention deserves the complete removal of the Converged Access section and also, the significant reduction of Section 2; "Network Infrastructure". The changes have also had some impact on the software releases used in the lab and, as a result, candidates who want to prepare for the exam using hardware equipment, are now advised to use the following Cisco equipment and Software releases. Visit CCIE Wireless Lab Equipment and Software v3.1 for more information.
No changes have been made to the CCIE Wireless exams format in this minor revision. The CCIE Wireless written exam number (400-351) remains unchanged and, the lab exam format remains identical and continues to consist of two modules; Diagnostic module and Configuration & Troubleshooting module. Visit CCIE Wireless Lab Exam for more information about the lab exam format.
The new minor revision for CCIE Wireless has allowed us to keep the track closely aligned with the current Cisco Wireless offering, as well as with current wireless technologies. To achieve this, some sections/topics have been removed and, a few new technologies/topics have been introduced. There has also been some re-shuffling and rephrasing of some of the topics, as outlined above. The overall (technical) change between the Wireless revision v3.0 and v3.1 is only about 20%.