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CCIE Certification Cost | Everything you need to know – Updated 2019

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CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is one of the highest degrees of certification by Cisco Systems. CCIEs are those Networking experts who have complete and utter knowledge in their specific domains. CCIE certifications are much called for in the world and equally challenging to earn. An aspirant needs to put meticulous efforts to get lucrative results for these certifications.

Networking is a very vast technology to be understood and studied by one person. So to make it easy, Cisco Systems divided into various domains and levels of which CCIE Level is the highest. The divisions of the domains have been done on its uses and under stability. We will learn about the domains later in this article. As for the levels, there are 4 major levels to Networking,

  • Entry
  • Associate
  • Professional
  • Expert

Each level has its own domains and certifications to learn and the difficulty keeps increasing with the level making entry-level certifications a bit easier to learn than Associate Level and making Expert level hardest to earn. In this article, we will discuss Expert Level.

Related Read: Know about Other Cisco Certification, Cost and Code

Domains in CCIE

As above stated, the Networking concepts have been categorized in various domains. Here, we will discuss all the domains of CCIE.

There are Seven domains in CCIE; Routing and Switching, Security, Service Provider, Collaboration, Data Center, Design and Wireless.

  1. CCIE Routing and Switching

CCIE Routing and Switching are one of the most demanding certification in Networking world. In this domain, aspirants learn to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex network structures. Aspirants only need to plan where to put each and every switches and router, operate them and troubleshooting them for any malfunctioning’s and errors. Check details about CCIE Routing and Switching Training course.

  1. CCIE Security

CCIE Security is all about securing the network. In this domain, aspirants learn about securing the complex network of the organizations against viruses and malicious threats. These experts are known for architecting, engineering, implementing and engineering the security solutions by using Cisco technologies and hardware for the network. Check CCIE Security Training details

  1. Service Provider

Cisco Service Provider domain is for those experts who want to make their career in latest Service Providers Networking technologies and trends. These experts can configure, implement and design Cisco Service Provider next-generation networks and can deploy, maintain and improve carrier-grade Network infrastructures.

  1. CCIE Collaboration

This domain of Cisco deals with providing Video, Voice and IM solutions and training. This certification is for experts like Networks Engineers Communication Architect, Voice and Video Network Managers who can design, implement and troubleshoot complex collaborative solutions.

  1. CCIE Data Center

Every organization has their own data, similar when the organization grows they need some engineers to handle and maintain that huge data. CCIE Data Center are those experts who can plan, design, implement and maintain the complete data centres. These experts are the highest level industry best-practised data centre network, engineer. They need to have experience and in-depth knowledge before applying for this certification.

  1. CCIE Wireless

CCIE Wireless Experts are those Network Engineers who are responsible for configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting and supporting the wireless network of the organization with their expertise. They need to have complete knowledge and skills of Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).

  1. CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert)

CCDE is an Expert level Cisco Certification in design Track and prepares designers to develop and design solutions for large customer networks.

Importance of CCIE

Cisco, being a giant in Networking Products Manufacture, it has set a benchmark after introducing its certification. With 80% of the world using its technology and hardware, the organization needs Cisco Experts (only) to support, troubleshoot and work on these devices.

Herein, the trainings and certifications came into the picture. These certifications clarified the picture for these organizations and made their work easy. Every level of certification announces the knowledge of the networking aspirants and thereby making it easy to get them onboard.

CCIE is the topmost level certification for any Network Engineer in this world. Having a CCIE Certification adds the feather in the cap and gives you a straight go in many places. Having so many pros to itself, it is very difficult to earn and challenges the aspirants in so many ways. Only complete dedication, sincerity and focus on the goal can help you achieve this gold.

CCIE Examination Details

Unlike any other Cisco certifications, CCIE Examination calls for two examinations – Written and Lab – with Written Examination being of 2 hours and Lab Examination of 8 hours. One needs to be prepared.

The written examination tests the candidate’s expertise in the particular domain while the lab examination confirms the job skills and technical knowledge required to get the certification.

Additional Read: Amazing Tips to clear CCIE Certification in First attempt.

Cost of CCIE Examinations

The cost for every CCIE Written Examination is 400 USD while every Lab Examination in 1600 USD per attempt.

Check the below chart for all the details.

Certification Exam Number Exam Name Duration Fees (USD) Per Attempt
R&S 400-101 CCIE R&S Written Exam 120 Minutes (90 – 110 questions) 450
Lab CCIE R&S Lab Exam 8 Hours 1600
Collaboration 400-051 CCIE Collaboration CCIE Collaboration Written Exam 120 Minutes (90 – 110 questions) 450
Lab CCIE Collaboration Lab Exam 8 Hours 1600
Data Center 400-151 CCIE Data Center Written Exam 120 Minutes (90 – 110 questions) 450
Lab Lab Exam 8 Hours 1600
Security 350-018 Written Exam CCIE Security Written Exam 120 Minutes (90 – 110 questions) 450
Last day to test: January 30, 2017 Lab Exam v4.0 8 Hours 1600
Security 400-251 Written Exam CCIE Security Written Exam 120 Minutes (90 – 110 questions) 450
Available for testing: January 31, 2017 Lab Exam v5.0 8 Hours 1600
Service Provider 400-201 CCIE SP CCIE Service Provider Written Exam 120 Minutes (90 – 110 questions) 450
Lab Lab Exam v4.0 8 Hours 1600
Wireless 400-351 CCIE Wireless CCIE Wireless Written Exam 120 Minutes (90 – 110 questions) 450
Lab CCIE Wireless Lab Exam 8 Hours 1600
CCIE Scope and Its Importance

Being an industry leading networking certification, it provides many hot career options to the Networking aspirants. Many IT giants like HCL Technologies Ltd, Virtela Communications Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Accenture, Fidelity National Information Services (fnis), Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Hewlett-Packard Company, Juniper Networks, Inc., Orange Business Services, Aricent Inc., Vodafone, Wipro Technologies Ltd., Dimension Data, British Telecom, L & T Infotech Ltd, Synechron Technologies, Cisco Systems (India) Private Limited look forward to hire Networking engineer on the basis of their Cisco Certifications.

Having said that, it simply lands you a job at your door!

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