Cisco Revising CCIE R&S Certification


Cisco Revising CCIE R&S Certification
The upcoming Version 4.0 of Cisco CCIE® Routing and Switching certification will test hands-on troubleshooting, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), and VPN networking

To reflect the growth of the network as a service platform, Cisco is revising the certification requirements for CCIE Routing & Switching (CCIE R&S)–the expert level certification for network engineers. The new requirements were developed with assistance from Cisco enterprise customers and reflect the expectations of employers across industries.

The competencies required for CCIE R&S v4.0 certification were released on May 5, 2009, and are available on the Cisco Learning Network under the CCIE R&S v4.0 Written Exam topics and CCIE R&S v4.0 Lab Exam topics. Exams based on the new requirements are scheduled for release on October 18, 2009, and will immediately replace the currently available v3.0 exams. Candidates who plan to take their exams on October 18, 2009, or later should prepare using the new v4.0 exam topics.

Both the written and lab exams will be refreshed with new questions and will cover MPLS and VPN networking. The written exam will add scenario-based questions to the multiple choice questions, and the lab will now require hands-on troubleshooting of preconfigured networks, in addition to configuration. Exam duration and pricing will remain the same, with the two-hour written exam at USD$350 and the eight-hour lab at USD$1400.

A beta version of the new CCIE R&S v4.0 written exam (351-001) will be available to all customers in the July–August 2009 timeframe at a discounted price of USD$50. An announcement will be made when scheduling begins.

Cisco 360 Learning Program Updates Available

Cisco 360 Learning Program components aligned to the new CCIE R&S certification standards will be available on May 11, 2009. All current students will have access to the new materials throughout their subscription period. New materials include additional lessons on MPLS and troubleshooting, enhanced coverage of these topics in the instructor-led workshops, an updated Practice Lab Workbook for self-paced practice, and new Performance Assessments that gauge skill level and offer mentoring feedback.

CCIE Assessor, the first CCIE R&S practice lab, will be retired on June 5, 2009, and will be replaced by the 10 eight-hour assessment labs available through the Cisco 360 Learning Program.

Lab Equipment and IOS

The lab exam tests any feature that can be configured on the equipment and the IOS versions indicated below. You may see more recent IOS versions installed in the lab, but you will not be tested on the new features of a release unless indicated below.

Version 3.0 (effective through October 17, 2009)
  • 3725 series routers – IOS 12.4 mainline – Advanced Enterprise Services
  • 3825 series routers – IOS 12.4 mainline – Advanced Enterprise Services
  • Catalyst 3550 series switches running IOS version 12.2 – IP Services
  • Catalyst 3560 Series switches running IOS version 12.2 – Advanced IP Service

Version 4.0 (effective beginning October 18, 2009)
  • 1841 series routers – IOS 12.4(T) – Advanced Enterprise Services
  • 3825 series routers – IOS 12.4(T) – Advanced Enterprise Services
  • Catalyst 3560 Series switches running IOS version 12.2 – Advanced IP Services

Check here the Blueprints:
Cisco CCIE R&S Written Blueprint v4.0
Cisco CCIE R&S Lab Blueprint v4.0

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Calin is a network engineer, with more than 20 years of experience in designing, installing, troubleshooting, and maintaining large enterprise WAN and LAN networks.

2 thoughts on “Cisco Revising CCIE R&S Certification”

  1. Callin this one is good for every one and I apreciate it . One more thing that How I can attempt the beta version of CCIE R&S v4.0 . Is it possible to take this exam in upcomming dates ? and I need your suggestions on it.

  2. Hi Saif. Since you didn’t said what exam you want to attend (Written or Lab) here’s what I found:

    Written Exam: “The beta version of CCIE Routing and  Switching Written Exam v4.0 (351-001) will be available for scheduling at all worldwide,  Cisco-authorized Pearson Vue testing centers beginning August 7, 2009 and continuing  through September 9, 2009 – Beta is Now Closed.” More you can find here

    Lab exam:”Effective October 18, 2009, important content changes will be implemented in the CCIE Routing and Switching certification exams.
    Candidates who have exams scheduled October 18, 2009 or later should prepare using the CCIE R&S v4.0 Written Exam Topics (blueprints),  CCIE R&S v4.0 Lab Exam Topics and the CCIE R&S v4.0 Lab Equipment and Software Versions.
    Candidates prior to October 18, 2009 should continue using the existing CCIE R&S v3.0 Exam Topics and equipment list.  Visit Lab Exam Study/Learn for more information.” More information here

    In conclusion for the CCIE RS Written the beta version ended about 2 weeks ago and for the Lab you can have the new exam starting October 18, 2009 (I didn’t understoot when or if there is  beta exam for Lab).

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