If a candidate is not certified in CCIE and passes a CCIE Written exam, their valid Associate and Professional level certifications will be recertified for 3 years, starting from the date of the passed written exam.
However, having a CCIE certification will automatically extend the the expiration dates for any valid Associate and Professional level certification. The Associate and Professional level certifications will remain valid as long as the CCIE certification is active. So for example, as stated in the About Recertification page "If you have one year left on your CCNA certification and you earn a CCIE certification (which has a two-year certification life) then both your CCIE certification and your CCNA certification will expire two years from the date you achieved the CCIE certification"
Hope this clarifies any confusion.
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I'm not here to be "right" - I was simply stating that my experience did not reflect what the documentation says. The last professional exam I passed was the CCDP ARCH exam back in 2009. I've since passed a CCIE qualifying exam back in 2010, and that recertified everything through the same date in 2013.
There is often a big difference between professional certifications and something that is related to a Specialist exam track.
Glad Rigo was able to clear this up.....
One option to consider re-sitting the CCNA and CCNP.
It's my experience that when applying for a new job HR take the easy option and filter out those people who have no certification. Often they ignore the years of experience and skills listed.
Potentially it will take less time and less money to achive the CCNP than the CCIE. This then means you can apply for your next job in less time.
The things you learn as part of the CCNA and CCNP will not be wasted since you can then leverage this knowledge for the CCIE.
If however your goal is the CCIE then bypass the CCNA and CCNP altogether.
The decision to re-obtain the CCNP certification or to pursue the CCIE certification would be completely up to you.
The CCIE certification does not have any formal pre-requisites, however, you are expected to have in-depth understanding of the topics and are encouraged to have 3-5 years of job experience before attempting the certification.
To achieve the CCIE certification (in any track), you must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam.
Best of luck to you in your certification goals!
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I think this note: When using a higher level of certification to extend other certifications, the expiration date of other certifications will extend to the expiration date of the higher certification means when you get CCIE cert (valid for 2 years) then everything else extends for 2 years. But when you just pass CCIE Written exam, your lower certs extend for another 3 years.
anyhow, the whole cert porgram needs to be revise and fix. but I tried that already and made some people mad. so...
Wrong... Just got this email from Cisco:
Thank you for contacting the Cisco Certification and Communities Support Team. My name is Daniel, and I am the owner of your case 01527189.
Your CCNP R&S would be renewed for another 3 years if you passed a CCIE written exam before the expiration date. http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/certifications/professional/ccnp/index.html#~Recert
If you still require additional assistance, please update your case. If we have not heard back from you within 2 business days of this email we will proceed with closing your case.
Agree with Martin and Travis. I don't have the CCIE yet, but when I passed the CCIE written a few months ago it extended the expiration of each of my lower-level certifications to three years beyond when I passed the CCIE written. e.g.:
Before passing CCIE R/S written:
* CCNP expiration: Feb 26, 2017
* CCNA expiration: September 15, 2016
After passing CCIE R/S written on July 21, 2014
* CCNP expiration: July 21, 2017
* CCNA expiration: July 21, 2017
Interesting if Cisco's internal documentation is incorrect, but that's what my cert tracker tells me actually occured.