The Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) certification is a program that separates the individuals that are capable of understanding all the intricacies, subtleties, nuances and the challenges of networking. CCIE certification involves two processes, namely; the written exam and the hands-on laboratory exam.
The CCIE written exam which is also known as CCIE 350-001, is a two-hour long exam which is computer based. During the written exam, a candidate will be asked a total of 100 multiple-choice questions which were designed specifically for the track that the candidate has chosen. The CCIE certification program has five tracks to choose from, namely; routing and switching track, security track, service provider track, storage networking track, and voice track. To be successful in the written exam, the candidate must get a score of more than 70 %. Fortunately, there are a lot of different guide books, programs and software that assist candidates in passing the CCIE 350-001 exams. Some programs such as pass4sure CCIE even offer a money-back guarantee if a candidate that uses their program do not pass on the first attempt.
After successfully passing the written exam, candidates are then given a hands-on lab exam which normally lasts for 8 hours. During the laboratory exam, candidates are given the chance to apply their theoretical knowledge of networking through hands-on examination. The passing rate for the laboratory exam is 80 %. Most candidates buy networking equipment to practice on and then sell or lease them to other candidates who would also take the hands-on exam.