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CCIE® Service Provider Certification

The Cisco CCIE Service Provider (CCIE SP) certification validates expert level skills required of a Network Engineer to configure, build, troubleshoot, and optimize a complex highly available Service Provider IP NGN core infrastructure.  Candidates preparing for CCIE SP certification possess thorough knowledge in IP core, aggregation/edge, and remote access technologies, Layer 2 and 3 VPNs, plus managed services traversing an IP core network.

 


 

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Written and Lab Exam v3.0 Available Now

Candidates can prepare for the exams using the Written Exam v3.0 Topics and Lab Exam Topics v3.0.

 

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

 

Prerequisites

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 Service Provider Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering concepts and equipment commands related to packet-based networking infrastructure, before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

 

Step Two: CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam

The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to configure actual equipment and get a service provider 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.

Recertification

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
  • 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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