Are you up in taking a huge leap in the Cisco certification hierarchy? If yes is your answer to this question, then taking a certification exam for Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) is just what you are looking for. Unlike any other professional level certifications, the CCIE certification has no prerequisite. However, a more challenging hands-on lab exam awaits candidates to prove their skills and expertise on the CCIE track of their choice. Indeed, the CCIE exam is one of the most difficult certifications to attain, but still a lot of hopefuls are taking their chances as greater rewards await successful takers.
And yes, all the perseverance and hard work paid off to 15,658 professionals with active CCIE certifications all over the world as of the 14th of November, 2007. Reported as a highly compensated certification, CCIE was first offered by Cisco in 1993. Indeed, a candidate will be offered a very good salary after passing the certification exam. However, it will also cost him or her thousands of dollars to get there. Apart from spending valuable money from purchased books and attended training classes, candidates will also have to pay about US $300 for the written exam and another US $1,400 for the lab exam per attempt. But the good news is that CCIE hopefuls can hold multiple certifications by passing both written and lab exams for any of the 5 tracks, which include the following: a) Routing and Switching, (b) Security, (c) Service Provider, (d) Storage Networking and (e) Voice. Achieving such CCIE certification status is something that one should really be proud of.