CCIE Self-Study Resources from Cisco Press

ccie-banner CCIE® (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is the premier certification for networking professionals, and certifies an individual’s networking skills at the expert level. Candidates who pass both of the required exams, one written and one in a hands-on lab environment, receive a CCIE certificate from Cisco Systems. Learn more about CCIE certification from Cisco Systems.


There are no prerequisites for CCIE certification, but at least three years of practical experience implementing, deploying, operating, and troubleshooting complex Cisco networks is recommended. You will also need a familiarity with Cisco hardware and Cisco networking solutions, extensive knowledge of LAN and WAN technologies, and an in-depth understanding of the protocols used on routers, switches, bridges, and security devices.


To achieve CCIE certification, you must first pass a written qualification exam. After you pass the written exam, you qualify to schedule and take the corresponding, one-day lab exam on-site at a Cisco CCIE lab. The hands-on lab exam emphasizes Cisco equipment command knowledge and network troubleshooting skills.

Written Exams
CCIE Routing and Switching track
350-001 Routing and Switching

Written Exam (v4.0)
Lab Exam (v4.0)

CCIE Security track
350-018 Security
Written Exam Blueprint (v2.0)
Lab Exam Blueprint v2.0
Lab Exam Blueprint v3.0

CCIE Service Provider track
351-029 Comprehensive Exam
Written Exam Blueprint
Lab Exam Blueprint

Recertification Exams:
350-021 Cable
350-026 Content Networking
350-020 Optical
350-023 WAN Switching

CCIE Storage Networking track
350-040 Storage Networking
Written Exam Blueprint
Lab Exam Blueprint

CCIE Voice track
350-030 Voice
Written Exam Blueprint
Lab Exam Blueprint

CCIE Wireless track
350-050 Wireless
Written Exam Blueprint
Lab Exam Blueprint

The Certification Self-Study Product Family is comprised of the Self-Study Guide Series, the CCIE Professional Development Series, the Practical Studies Series, the Exam Certification Guide Series, and the Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack Series. These series offer a progressive, self-paced study routine for Cisco certification exams, with tools that help certification candidates learn exam topics, gain hands-on experience, prepare for the exam, and practice their test taking skills. For more information on each series and how the books complement one another, visit our Series pages.

Routing and Switching
CCIE Professional Development: The CCIE Professional Development series teaches topics vital to CCIE testing success. Written by networking experts and reviewed by the Cisco CCIE team, these titles are valuable for exam preparation and general learning.

CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Fourth Ed.
CCIE Routing and Switching v4.0 Configuration Practice Labs, Second Ed.
CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Quick Reference: Exam 350-001 v3.1

Routing TCP/IP, Volume I, Second Ed.
Routing TCP/IP, Volume II
Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols

CCIE Security v3.0 Configuration Practice Labs
CCIE Security Exam Quick Reference Sheets: Exam 350-018 v2.0
CCIE Security v3.0 Cert Flash Cards Online

Network Security Technologies and Solutions

CCIE Voice Exam Quick Reference Sheets

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