Are you an expert in providing VoIP solutions in a certain enterprise? If yes, then you can consider on getting a certification for Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) in Voice. If you happen to know the process of installing, configuring and maintaining Voice solutions over an IP network and you are in a way good at it, CCIE Voice track is just right for you. There are no formal prerequisites such as professional or associate certifications or training courses for this CCIE certification. All you have to do is first pass a written exam and then a lab exam, after which you can already consider yourself as a CCIE certified professional.
The CCIE Voice written exam is made up of 100 multiple choice questions that should be completed in two hours. The exam covers applications and technologies that comprise a Cisco Enterprise VoIP solution. It usually costs around US $300 and may vary depending on your location. Exam results are available immediately after you have completed the exam. Once you have successfully passed the written exam, bear in mind that you should be taking the lab exam within 18 months. Or else, you have to start from scratch as written exam scores expire after 18 months.
On the other hand, the CCIE Voice lab exam is an 8-hour test that will measure your ability to get a VoIP solution up and running within specified time constraints. You are the one in charge in configuring pre-installed applications to satisfy certain requirements to pass the lab exam. The lab exam may cost you about US $1,400 and is offered on certain Cisco locations in Brussels, Tokyo and Sydney.
If you would like to be a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE), then it is very crucial to pass the written exam. A CCIE written exam is one of two certification exams that you need to take. Before jumping to the next type of exam, which happens to be a lab exam, you have to first give your best shot in passing the written exam of 100 multiple choice questions. Each CCIE written exam will cost you around US $300 on every attempt. Because of this, it is indeed a must to pass the exam on the first try to give you more time to focus on the lab exam, which should be taken within 18 months. Failure to do so means nullifying your CCIE written exam score so you have to take the written exam again if ever you are still interested in getting CCIE certified.
To register for a CCIE written exam, you can check out the Pearson VUE web site for more information. Prometric has discontinued administering CCIE exams since August 1, 2007. It is a computer-based exam that should be completed in a span of 2 hours.
Candidates can also use exam vouchers to pay for the written exam. These test vouchers can be purchased on testing centers and other academic institutions. Exam vouchers are non-refundable and non-returnable, aside from the fact that these will expire after 12 months of being purchased.
Other candidates also take on beta written exams when available at a discounted price of US $50. Getting a passing grade on the beta exam earns you a slot on the lab exam. However, beta exams can only be taken during the beta period.