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Lab Exam

The CCIE Service Provider lab exam is an 8 hour  hands-on exam which requires you to build an extensible Service Provider infrastructure capable of delivering rich managed services to given specifications. Knowledge of troubleshooting is an important skill and candidates are expected to diagnose and solve issues. Candidates preparing for the CCIE SP Lab exam must demonstrate skills required of an expert level network engineer to configure, implement, troubleshoot, and optimize SP features and technologies including Carrier Ethernet, Packet over SONET, LDP, AToM, MPLS TE, enhanced Multicast VPN, and high availability (FRR) using IOS and IOS-XR operating environments.


CCIE Service Provider Written and Lab Exams Revision


The CCIE Service Provider Written and Lab exams are being revised from v3.0 to v4.0 to align with changing industry job roles and the addition of new study materials.  The last day to test for both the Written and Lab v3.0 exams will be May 21, 2015.  The CCIE Service Provider Written and Lab exams v4.0 will be available for testing beginning May 22, 2015.


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CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam Topics v3.0



The Lab Exam cost does not including travel and lodging expenses. Costs may vary due to exchange rates and local taxes (VAT, GST). You are responsible for any fees your financial institution charges to complete the payment transaction.  Price not confirmed and is subject to change until full payment is made. For more information on the Lab Exam Registration please reference the Take Your Lab Exam tab.


Lab Exam Environment

Cisco documentation is available on-line during the exam, however knowledge of the more common protocols and technologies is assumed. The documentation can only be navigated using the index, as the search function has been disabled. No outside reference materials are permitted in the lab room. You must report any suspected equipment issues to the proctor during the exam; adjustments cannot be made once the exam is over.


Lab Exam Grading

Each question on the lab has specific criterion. The labs are graded by proctors who ensure all the criterion are met and points are awarded accordingly. The proctors use automatic tools to gather information from the routers to perform some preliminary evaluations, but the final determination of a correct or incorrect configuration is done by a trained proctor.



You can review your lab exam results online (login required), usually within 48 hours. Results are Pass/Fail and failing score reports indicate major topic areas where additional study and preparation may be useful.


Reevaluation of Lab Results

A Reread involves having a second proctor load your configurations into a rack to re-create the test and re-score the entire exam.  Rereads are available for the Routing and Switching, and Service Provider technology tracks.


A Review involves having a second proctor verify your answers and any applicable system-generated debug data saved from your exam.  Reviews are available for all other tracks.

Payment Terms

Make your request within 14 days following your exam date by using the "Request for Reread" link next to your lab record. A Reread costs $1000.00 USD and a Review costs $400.00 USD. Payment is made online via credit card and your Reread or Review will be initiated upon successful payment. You may not cancel the appeal request once the process has been initiated. Refunds are given only when results change from fail to pass.


Service Provider Lab Locations

Service Provider exams are offered at Cisco locations. Additional information, can be found on the  Take Your Lab Exam tab.



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