Just wanted to say that I passed the 642-874 exam today. All self study material using the following resources.
Good question. Well I have the "CCIE Routing & Switching" book sitting on the shelf, so I was thinking about the CCIE R&S track or the CCNP Security track.
How long is the written valid for as the "text" says you must make an initial attempt at the lab within 18 months, but must pass within 3 years or retake the written. So reading this I would say it valid for 3 years but only if you take lab pass or fail.
But other text says all CCIE are vaild or 2 years. http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/learning_about_recertification.html
So how does this fit with existing CCNP, CCDP certs, do we need to pass a 642-xxx to keep them valid or will the CCIE written keep these up to date for 3 years as long as we take an initial attempt at the lab within 18 months?
Putting all that to one side, I guess we are due an update to the R&S v4 exam no doubt bang slap in the middle of my study. Hopefully this will not be a major shift from where we are now, may be some 3750 and new series routers.
I am swaying towards the CCIE R&S track at the moment. Would be good if you could clear up the 2 or 3 years confusion.
Yes, if you are looking to achieve the CCIE certification (in any track), you must attempt the CCIE lab within 18 months after passing the CCIE Written exam. If you do not pass, then you must re-attempt the lab exam again within 12 months of your last scored attempt. The CCIE Written exam can stay valid for up to 3 years as long as you attempt the lab every 12 months.
Once you pass both the CCIE Written Exam + CCIE Lab Exam, you will be certified in the CCIE certification, which is valid/active for 2 years.
To recertify valid Professional level certifications for 3 years (such as CCNP and CCDP), you can take and pass a professional level 642 exam or you can pass a CCIE Written exam. Addition recertification options can be found in the About Recertification exam page.
Please also note that when you achieve a CCIE certification, it will extend the expiration dates for any valid Associate and Professional level certifications that you have. The Associate and Professional level certifications will remain valid as long as the CCIE certification is active. Please see the following FAQ here.
Good luck on your next certification pursuit!
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