The oldest CCIE certification offered by Cisco Systems will be getting a bit of a facelift at the beginning of next year: The Routing & Switching written and lab exams will be updated to reflect changes in technology, said Maurilio Gorito, content lead for the CCIE R&S certification.
“The major change is removing the Voice over IP content from the exam,” he said. “We used to have the (VoIP) content as part of the written exam and the lab exam as well.” Cisco justified the changes by emphasizing that VoIP, which was originally included after its emergence as a new tool for enterprise IP networks, has matured to the point where organizations now rely more on voice technology experts with specialized skills and experience to implement and maintain their VoIP solutions. Also, the CCIE program has an existing VoIP track.
Additionally, the new written exam will place more weight on wireless technology. “Basically, we are creating a separate section for wireless mobility,” Gorito said. “Before, we used to have wireless-related questions under layer II.” The new wireless portion of the test will focus on standards, hardware, SWAN, RF troubleshooting, VoWLAN and products. The exam will continue to cover networking and IP fundamentals, switching, routing, quality of service, WAN, security fundamentals and multicast.
The revision commenced earlier this year with CCIE R&S content developers coming together to determine objectives and come up with a new pool of questions for the various sections of the exams. The subsequent beta-testing process, which lasted nearly a month, wrapped up in late September. Developers currently are in the final stages of analyzing the results, and will remove, add and revise questions as needed, Gorito said. “This revision has taken about eight months,” he said. “We want to make sure that we put out an exam to test candidate’s tech knowledge, not the memorization of content.”
The changes to the CCIE R&S lab exam will officially go into effect on Jan. 1, 2005, while the new version of the written exam will be released on Jan. 19, 2005.
For more information, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/learning/le3/ccie/announcements/index.html#revisedrswritten.