The Cisco Certified Internet Expert certification or CCIE is an internet certification that is becoming more and more popular. As the IT industry is expanding at an exponential rate, the demand for highly trained IT personnel is also increasing. Because of this, many multinational companies are on the lookout for competent and certified IT professionals and network engineers to look after their IT network. A person having a CCIE certification would be highly in demand for such corporations. This article will give an overview on how to become a CCIE expert.
Before anything else, a candidate must first choose what CCIE track or tracks to take. There are five basic tracks available, namely; (1) Routing and switching track, (2) security track, (3) service provider track, (4) storage networking track, and (5) voice track. After choosing which CCIE track to take, the candidate must then pass a two-hour multiple-choice written exam specifically designed for the chosen track. The passing rate for the exam is 70 percent out of 100 questions.
The next step in the CCIE certification process is for the candidate to pass the CCIE laboratory exam. This exam is also designed for the track that the candidate has chosen and would last for about 8 hours. The laboratory exam would ensure that the candidate has both the theoretical and the practical or applied knowledge of IT. Candidates who pass both the written exam and the laboratory exam are then given CCIE certified status for their chosen track.  Candidates may also hold multiple CCIE certifications for a number of tracks. In order to do this, the candidates must also pass both exams for each of the track applied for. 

Getting Cisco certified is one of the priorities of most IT professionals nowadays. Not only that a high paying job awaits those who are skillful and knowledgeable enough to pass the certification exam, but it is also a great career move that gives way to more learning opportunities for personal growth and development. Among the Cisco certifications, CCIE is the most in demand, having a total of 15,658 people with active CCIE certifications in the world as of November of 2007.

CCIE stands for Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert and is the highest level of CISCO certifications. The program started in 1993 originally with a two day lab and was later changed to one day format. The degree of difficulty is a bit high for this exam that only fewer than 3% of Cisco certified individuals attain the CCIE status. Before then exam proper, the candidates are expected to spend more money to attend trainings and practice lab scenarios, not to mention the fee for every exam attempt on both written and lab exams. 

The written exam costs US $315 per attempt and will be taken first. Candidates need to take note that there is a need to pass the written exam first before taking the lab exam within a period of 18 months. The lab exam costs about US $1400 per attempt, and if the candidate is unsuccessful in passing it on the first try, he or she has 3 years to accomplish the lab exam. If after this period and still the candidate has not yet passed the lab exam, then he or she needs to take the written exam again. Indeed, it is critical to pass both exams on first attempt to save more of one s valuable money.

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