So first off, I must apologies if I am posting this question in the wrong place. Navigating these sites can be a bit of a maze so if I've posted a generic cert question in a technical community forum - feel free to redirect or block this post - but any guidance in the right direction would be appreciated.
I already have my CCNP SP and this was my plan to reach CCIE Service Provider.
- Sit the written at the beginning of August 2019.
- Go for the lab sometime mid 2020 (June or July perhaps)
Obviously the changes Cisco have make have thrown a very large spanner into this plan.
My understanding is that the written portion of the CCIE program is being replaced by the Core Technologies exam which is part of the CCNP program.
So I'm at a crossroads at a moment and it depends on how the transition takes place.
My first question would be - do I, as someone who is already CCNP SP, "inherit" this Core Technologies exam as an existing CCNP?
- If yes, that means that as of Feb 2020, without doing anything, I have fulfilled the requirement to sit the lab (which means yiipee! no written).
- If no (which I suspect is the more likely answer), then the question becomes: If I pass my written exam in August as originally planned, do I still need to sit the Core Technologies exam if I sit my Lab after February?
- If yes, that means there is no point in me paying the money and sitting the exam in August if I need to sit another exam after February.
- If no, this means the written exam transitions over to being a prerequisite for the new CCIE Lab exam (in spite of the different content) and I will keep going as normal... but then the question becomes: How different is the content in the new CCIE compared to the old one?
- If it is significantly different perhaps it is better to go for the Core Technologies exam as it will be more relevant?
- If it isn't then, I just go for my written as normal and adjust my study resources to adapt to the new exam.
Of course I could just go all in and gun for the old style written and lab before February - but I'm not sure if that's wise, for two reasons, (1) I'm not sure I'll be ready in time (2) Surely it would be better to get the newer certification?
Needless to say this is spinning me in circles a bit at the moment.
I haven't even started to look at what the new content of the lab exam will be or if the study resources I'm using that the moment will be relevant.
Can anyone answer my above questions or point me to a document/resource that does?