I was preparing for CCIP when suddenly..CCIP being retired ...>>> "GREAT" NEWS!!!! at least for me, anyways:
-my questions are:
1. It is enough to prepare for MPLS+BGP composite exam in almost 3months? my BGP knowledge are good enough for now (i will allocate 3-4 weeks of learning for BGP), but im not sure how much time MPLS will consume, i got the cisco press - mpls fundamentals book and i think is enough+labs and videos.
2. If i`ll take CCIP, this certification will be recognized officially on CISCO webpage? if yes for how long? some companies still searching to see certifications on cisco webpage...
To become CCIP you need to pass BGP+MPLS before 27th July (After this date this exam will not be available) and you need to pass ROUTE & QOS before 28th October.
If you become CCIP before that then you can re-certify it for 3 years more by taking any 642 exam before 28th October.
After this date this certification is retiring, means no NEW certification will be provided and also RE-certification is not possible.
You can check this also - https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/42255?tstart=0
The CCIP certification will be retired on October 28, 2012. Starting October 29, 2012, candidates will no longer be able to achieve new CCIP certifications. However, if you become certified in CCIP before it retires, it will be valid for 3 years. Currently, the CCIP pages on Cisco.com and Cisco Learning Network display a "Retired" status.
As Kingshuk mentioned, the 642-691 BGP+MPLS exam will retired on July 27, 2012 and will no longer be available for testing after that date. Also, if you are still required to pass the additional CCIP exams, 642-642 QOS and 642-902 ROUTE, then you must do so by or before October 28, 2012.
For more information about the CCIP retirement, visit https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-14595
Cisco Learning Network Moderator
Thank you for replies, in the meanwhile i will try CCNP and CCNP SP.