Certifying Network Experts: CCIE is Cisco's highest level of professional certification
Put your knowledge and experience to the test. Achieve Cisco CCIE certification and accelerate your career.
CCIE Storage Networking certifies expert-level knowledge of intelligent storage solutions using multiple transport options over long distances.
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The Cisco CCIE Storage Networking certification is scheduled to be retired. No new certifications will be issued beginning July 1, 2013. Candidates are encouraged to pursue a Cisco CCIE Data Center certification, CCNP Data Center certification, or Data Center Specialist certification.
The last day to test using the 350-040 written exam will be April 30, 2013, and the last day to test using the lab exam will be June 30, 2013. Learn more.
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required.
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 Storage Networking Written Exam
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam which covers storage networking concepts, features, design, applications, management and device operations before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.
Step Two: CCIE Storage Networking Lab Exam
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get the storage area 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:
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.