CCIE Methodology

This is from a doc I created related to non-technical (almost) aspects of the CCIE labs. It may help many people that fail for some reason that may not be technical sometimes. It does not apply to a specific track.


· Lab is impossible to pass

· 2000 hours of lab practice are necessary

· 10 years of experience

· Sacrifice your life for the lab


· Blueprint is very important

· Try to see where you will have to make an effort

· Understand the parts of the labs

· Speak with your family – sometimes they may not understand why you work so hard and it may not help

· Where will you practice labs?

· Relax


· Work every part separately (if possible). By doing a lot of master practice labs you might lose precious time that you could spend on getting a deeper knowledge of some point ofthe lab. Usually we do not have infinite time to prepare for the lab so time management is a key point.

· Be sure to know every way a technology (protocol…) can be configured

· If you think you don’t understand some point at 100% then work harder to understand it.

· If you think “ this topic will not come at the exam” you are probably wrong

· Do scenarii "mentally" and repeat step by step how to configure any topic of the lab blueprint

· When close to the lab date I (you don’t have to do it) enter in "lab mode" where I recheck mentally again and again everything so at lab time configuring a specific topic should be easier.


· Sleep well

· See where the lab will take place

· Remind all the steps for configs to refresh what you know

· Try to avoid last minute work , just do it to sleep well if needed!!

· Relax (if possible)- Stress is your worst ennemy at the lab. Many people I know failed because of the stress even if technically ready!! This point is 50% of your lab, don’t forget it.


· Write down all configuration steps that you may forget later.. This would depend on the lab you are taking

· Read the lab

· Spot tricky points (and annotate not to forget later)

· Better go slow but well instead of fast and bad

· Try to avoid troubleshooting more than 10 minutes

· If there is a question you don’t know then don’t fight, do not do it, you would lose time for what you know

· At the end of the lab check if what you have done is still working

· Do not change a critical part at 30 minutes of the end

Between Attempts

· Learn from failure

· Try to figure out what you did not understand well

· Prepare for next attempt

· There should be a short time between attempts not to forget what you’ve learnt

That’s it.

Fabien CCIE #6684 R&S/Security/Voice

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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