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    Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?

    Ayanna

      As a new CCIE, I'm coming up to re-certifying next year and was seeking for tips on how to maintain my knowledge of the technology... considering my CCIE skills are not being utilized to the fullest within my position.
      In addition, is it really worth re-certifying every two years?
      I'm one of three hosts of this discussion form and to learn more about me, Denise Donohue, and Leah Lynch please visit this document here on the Cisco Learning Network:

      At the Crossroads of Recertification

      Ayanna Hogan
      CCIE #19585

        • 1. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
          Patrick Lao

           

          Personally, I think it is definitely worth the investment to receritify since I assume you already put alot of effort in getting certified in the first place. If you don't recertify, you will eventually get de-certified, then you will have to do the lab exam again to retain your CCIE status. And for the recertification written exam, you can use any of the CCIE written exam, so if you like, you can study up on another technology while getting CCIE recertified.

           

           

          good luck

           

           

          • 2. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
            James J

             

            Every article I've read points to how valuable the Cisco certifications are. The CCIE is widely-respected as one of the most challenging and difficult to obtain certification in the industry.

             

             

             

            One of my customers, (a generic drug-manufacturer) was recently forced to hire consultants with CCIE certification because the local talent pool was so limited.

             

             

             

            As long as Cisco maintains the lion's share of the market, there will always be a need for skilled IE-certified engineers. Excellent suggestion to study a different technology when up for re-certification. It allows you to gain breadth of knowledge in a wide variety of technologies.

             

             

             

             

             

            • 3. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
              Denise Donohue

               

              Sure, the CCIE cert is valuable and shows that you have skills, if you're working as an engineer, But what if you're no longer involved in hands-on work? What if you're doing network design instead, or even - gasp - management? Is it still worth learning all the picky details they ask on the written exams, just to keep your cert?

               

               

               

               

               

              • 4. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                Patrick Lao

                I think in today's job market environment, you never know what you will be doing tomorrow...so I think having an active CCIE cert will be worthwhile.

                • 5. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                  Jason Dowd

                  Hi Ayanna, I think it's really obvious that if you plan on continuing your career in networking or IT in general it's worth re-certifying. The hard part is the lab which your past, all you have to do is pass a written test every couple years. Whether your in design, management, or a CIO it's the bright thing to do. Who knows maybe you'll go back to the hands on work sometime later in your career. However if your planning on becoming a tug boat captain , it's probably not worth the effort.

                   

                   

                   

                  I know this is off topic and perhaps should be moved to another thread but I'm much more interested in the careers of the 3 CCIE's. I'm not sure most networking people here new there were 3 women CCIE's in the world let alone participating on this site (I'm exagerating of course (but not by much )). What were some of the more difficult challenges you faced? How did you overcome them? What did you learn from them? Is there any advice you would offer people on the road to becoming CCIE's?

                  • 6. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                    Denise Donohue

                     

                    LOL! You're right about the few women in this field - there's never a line for the lady's room!

                     

                     

                    I have to say, though, that while everyone's reasons make sense, it's hard to get excited about recertifying. You feel like "been there, done that". It was definitely useful - I got my CCIE during the tech crash, so I'm sure that helped me keep my job. But alot has happened since then and it almost seems irrelevant now. I wonder if pride, and preferred seating at Networkers, are the main reasons I keep mine active!

                     

                     

                    • 7. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                      Ayanna

                       

                      All of your advice is well appreciated, especially advising me to explore another technology to re-certify my CCIE. As Jason said, I definitely don't plan on becoming a tug boat captain so re-certifying will be within my best interest.

                       

                       

                      I've heard many different perspectives from those in my position as far as the value of the CCIE. Some feel there is no need, others feel its well worth it. Even current CCIE's are finding it pointless to know every minor detail in technology (R&S) - which is expected to pass the written exams. Overall, I guess it all depends on whether you plan to take a more technical position or strive for the managerial role.

                       

                       

                      For those of you that have been re-certifying for a couple of years - what are your study tactics in preparing for the written every two years? Do you go back and overview the CCIE written guide (considering you don't perform such activity on a daily basis)?

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      • 8. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                        Russ White

                         

                        A couple of thoughts.... A lot of people find the CCIE falling out of usefulness for them because, as they grow, they find they just don'g do "those things" any more. I would check, but as long as its still true that taking the DE written will recertify you, then why not take that? It could give you a different path to take in the short term, as far as certifications.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                        Russ

                         

                         

                        • 9. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                          Thuy Bui

                           

                          I got my certification a while back on R&S and have been recertifying the past two times on CCIE Voice. I too don't get much hands-on in my current position doing mostly presales consulting work on UC. Since you already passed the most difficult portion of the CCIE, it doesn't take much more to keep it current by taking a written test if you plan ahead of time and give yourself 3-6 months before your CCIE expires.

                           

                           

                          For me, I found that it was a new challenge to stay updated on my CCIE and was able to fine tune my technical skills on UC by studying for these written exams. Luckily, I also get a CAP award from my company for recertifying (nothing to sneeze at). As long as I am in this field, I plan to keep recertifying because it ensures that I know my stuff down to the minute details. Best of luck!

                           

                           

                          • 10. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                            Jerold Swan

                            I tend to agree with Russ that the CCDE written recertification path helps a lot with the problem of having to remember minute configuration details. My job is still pretty hands-on, so I fully intend to stay certified, but I may end up using the CCDE written path exclusively.

                            • 11. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                              Denise Donohue

                               

                              I'm curious about what people use for study materials. Do you spend time in a lab? (Does your company have a lab for you to spend time in, or do you have your own???) Do you read books or other material? Does your company give you time to study for the recert, or is it totally on your own?

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                              • 12. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                                Colin McNamara

                                 

                                I personally like the idea of re-certifying with something completely different. That way, in the worst case you had to crack a book about something new. If anybody around here knows Rick Davis, he got all 5 CCIE's by taking a new written (and passing a lab) every time recertification deadlines loomed. Sounds like a good plan to me.

                                 

                                 

                                --Colin

                                 

                                 

                                • 13. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                                  Mariya Andonova

                                   

                                  It takes so much effort and time to prepare for the CCIE exam that better keep your certification status. It's much more easier just to re-certify taking written exam than the lab and you have the choice to choose witch written to take.

                                   

                                   

                                  I completely agree with Patrick - in today's market environment, you never know what you would be doing tomorrow ... I'm not configuring that much in a daily basis and I would keep my certification.

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  • 14. Re: Tips on Re-certifying CCIE and is it really worth it?
                                    5cats

                                    Honestly? Yeah, I'd keep it. ESPECIALLY if you are in management now. Like a wise comment earlier, you never know. But also because, if this is something you expect of your staff, you ought to have to undergo the same "stress" yourself from time to time. It's that whole "lead by example" thing...motivation and all.

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