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CCIE® Security Certification


Cisco CCIE Security certification recognizes individuals who have expert-level knowledge and skills to implement, maintain, and support extensive Cisco Network Security Solutions using the latest Cisco Security products and security best practices.


Candidates are expected to have in-depth understanding of the written and lab exam topics. In addition, candidates are strongly encouraged to have at least 3–5 years of job experience in network security.


Written Exam Refresh v4.0 – Now Available!
CCIE Security written and lab exams v4.0 are now available for registration. Candidates can prepare for the exams using the CCIE Security written exam topics v4.0 or CCIE Security lab exam topics v4.0.

Please view the Written Exam Study/Learn tab or Lab Exam Study/Learn tab for more information on how to study and prepare for the written and lab exams.

Visit PearsonVUE to register for the written exam or login to schedule the lab exam.


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There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required.

Required Steps to Attain Certification

Candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification. You can review the exam preparation materials included on this page for more information.

Steps to Certification

Step One: CCIE Security Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.



Step Two: CCIE Security Lab Exam

The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation. You must pass the lab within three years of passing the written to achieve certification. Your first lab attempt must be made within 18 months.





CCIE certifications are valid for two years and must be recertified every two years thereafter.


To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:


  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR CCIE Lab Exam or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.


CCIE and CCDE professionals that do not pass a qualifying exam or lab exam before the recertification deadline will be placed in a suspended status and their employers will be notified. Suspended CCIE and CCDE professionals have one year to pass the required exam or lab before their expert level certification becomes permanently inactive. Inactive CCIE and CCDE professionals lose all benefits and must pass both the CCIE written and lab or CCDE written or practical exams again.


Achieving or recertifying CCIE, CCDE or CCAr automatically extends your active Entry, Associate, Professional or other Expert level certification(s), or Specialist Certifications up to the expiration date of the latest CCIE, CCDE or CCAr certification achieved.

For more information, access the CCIE Recertification.




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