3 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2017 4:52 AM by Mike RSS

    CCDE exam cancelled - Options for Students ?

    Prasad.K CCIE R&S, DC

      It would have been a tough call for Cisco to pull CCDE out for the coming slot. I believe there was something serious enough that pressed Cisco to have this done.


      No one goes unaffected with this. Me as a candidate for 11th May, had traveled today almost 100+ Miles just to reach back home in time to go through some materials as part of last leg prep.

      I am sure all has there own story. I am thankful for the full refund mail that I have received too.


      Can Cisco advice us on whether we should book for August 2017 or should we wait ?

      Those who had booked exam for May 11, do they get any discount voucher as an expression of gratitude ?.

      whether the current blueprint will be valid and should we continue to study the same content or there will be change to blueprint ?


      Would like to get an urgent response on this.


      with regards


        • 1. Re: CCDE exam cancelled - Options for Students ?
          Katherine McNamara

          I can't speak for Cisco but usually if they change the blueprint of an exam, there's notice given, a grace period to take the old blueprint and the updated blueprint is posted publicly here: CCDE - Cisco


          Until they update that to say there's a whole new blueprint, I think you're safe to study the same books.


          As far as the rest, I'd probably open a case with Cert support and see where they can help you out there.

          • 2. Re: CCDE exam cancelled - Options for Students ?
            Brent Morris

            Hello Everyone.


            My name is Brent Morris and I’m the enforcements project manager for Cisco’s Certification program.


            Due to irregularities found on the delivery of the CCDE(p), Cisco needed to make the appropriate adjustments.  The adjustments are required and have resulted in rescheduling the exam to August 29th 2017.  The adjustments will also result in a better testing experience for the customer.   We truly understand the inconvenience of this decision and Cisco did not make this decision lightly. Please understand this decision was made for the greater good of the CCDE certification and the test taking experience for the customer. Unfortunately, Cisco will not be able to provide any additional details on why this decision was made. We (Cisco) hope that our candidates respect our decision and we wish everyone good luck on their next attempt on August 29th. 


            If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at (brenmorr@cisco.com)

            • 3. Re: CCDE exam cancelled - Options for Students ?

              It created some inconvenience due to the last min cancellation, but as Cisco Official clarified above, there were irregularities found on the delivery so there was no option, but to cancel it. Other wise it would have been a repeat of Nov2016 and Feb2017........


              Now that industry is is getting a more clearer picture of why Cisco has cancelled the May exam, there is overwhelming support for this decision, and a lot of  Cisco professionals are appreciating the decision in forums/discussion boards etc.It was pretty clear from November 2016 because of the unusually high no of candidates passing the CCDE from certain country/region...A lot of professionals are hoping Cisco will take strict action against those responsible for undermining the credibility of CCDE.