CCIE Recertification Changes
As of June 15, 2003, the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification is no longer using specific CCIE recertification exams. Instead, Cisco is allowing CCIEs to pass any of the CCIE written exams to satisfy their recertification requirements.
CCIEs are expert-level networking professionals who have passed a written exam as well as a rigorous lab exam. Recertification is required every two years. There are currently 10 different CCIE written exams, which are continually updated. Cisco has decided that passing any of these exams demonstrates the proficiency required to maintain CCIE status, One temporary exception is exam #350-008, the Recertification Access Exam, which will remain available through July 2003 because the content it covers is being added to a new C&S Dial Exam, which will not be available until then.
The CCIE is awarded in four tracks. The CCIE Communications & Services track covers IP and IP routing, optical, DSL, dial, cable, wireless, WAN switching, content networking and IP telephony. The Routing & Switching track covers IP, IP routing, non-IP desktop protocols and bridge and switch-related technologies. The Security track covers IP and IP routing in addition to specific security components. And the Voice track covers the components of a Cisco Enterprise VoIP solution. Candidates can earn multiple certifications.
To find out more about CCIE recertification, see http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/625/ccie/recertifications/recertification.html.