Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert in Routing and Switching (CCIE RS) is the most desirable IT certification on the job market. Why?
First it’s hard to pass. To become CCIE, you must pass a written qualification exam and an eight-hour lab.
CCIE RS is also the most popular of the CCIE certifications. Almost 80% of network engineers, who start their adventure with expert level, are choosing Routing and Switching.
This certification is also important for employers.
The legend and the level of difficulty of the exam itself, makes from CCIEs real experts in the eyes of employers and also the Cisco partners must have CCIEs in their structures to move their partnerships to the silver and gold level.
CCIE RS covers all aspects of routing and switching, but also some aspects of security and service providers.
That is why CCIE RS it the most desirable networking certification on the job market.
What Exams You Must Pass to Become CCIE RS
Written exam (350-001) and the lab exam.
Where You Can Pass the CCIE RS Exam
After passing the CCIE RS written exam, you can schedule the lab exam. On the special CCIE website you must provide information about your written score and the date of the written exam. After this step you can choose the exam date and location of the exam.
The exam you can pass in one of the nine examination points around the world.
- Bangalore, India
- Beijing, China
- Brussels, Belgium
- Dubai, UAE
- Hong Kong, PRC
- RTP, USA
- San Jose, USA
- Sydney, Australia
- Tokyo, Japan
- … More info here
How Much Does the CCIE RS Exam Cost
- The written exam costs $350 plus taxes
- The lab exam costs – $1500 plus taxes
Format of the Exam
The written exam is a two-hour exam and consists a hundred online questions. You must answer many single and multi-choice questions and do few simulations.
The lab exam consists of two blocks: two-hour troubleshooting lab and six-hour configuration lab. In the troubleshooting part you must resolve about ten cases (not connected with each other) in a big (virtual) topology. In the configuration part you must configure complex scenarios on few routers and switches.
How To Renew Your CCIE RS Certification
After passing the CCIE RS lab exam you must pass every two years, any CCIE written exam (Routing and Switching, Security, Service Provider, etc.), CCDE written exam or CCAr exam.
Scope of the CCIE RS exam
How To Prepare to the CCIE RS Exam
- Books for the Written Exam
- Books for the Lab Exam
- Trainings (Bootcamps)
How to Build a Lab for the CCIE RS Exam
We present you three option for practice to the exam.
- Own physical Lab – Example from INE Website
- Own virtual Lab – Information from INE Website
- Rented Lab – INE CCIE Rack Rentals
Examples of Job Opportunities
“Passing CCIE RS lab exam opened the doors of the jobs I always was dreaming off.
Dedication and motivation should be your leitmotiv. You can’t find a shortcut to attain an expert level, this is the first thing to understand, the road is long and you better be prepared to that before you start.”
Questions and Answers
Q: Is it true that after Micronics bootcamp I can fail the lab exam and have the second attempt for free?
A: After an easy process, you can achieve voucher code from Cisco and have an access to a second attempt for $0 plus taxes (taxes are always calculated from $1500).