Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert

What Does Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Mean?

A Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) is a networking certification provided by Cisco. Introduced in 1993, no formal perquisites exist for the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certification, though an in-depth knowledge on the topics as well on-the-job experience of 3-5 years is recommended. The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certification is focused at senior-level working professionals whose expertise lies in designing, building, implementing, maintaining or troubleshooting complex organizational networking infrastructures.


Techopedia Explains Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert

Recipients of the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certification can specialize in communications and services, routing, switching, security, voice systems or technologies.

At present, six different Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certification specializations are
available, with each of these areas corresponding to a Cisco
certification path as well:

  • Collaboration
  • Wireless
  • Security
  • Data center
  • Service provider
  • Routing & switching

The certification exams are comprised of a written examination as well as a daylong lab examination. The exams are timed in order to assess technical skills, problem determination and solution finding under stressful conditions. The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certification is considered one of most recognized and coveted networking certifications worldwide. The certification is updated and revised periodically to ensure the quality, relevance and value. Certified holders are considered to be highly skilled, experienced and technically proficient in their respective areas. They are considered capable of operating and managing complex network infrastructures and develop innovative solutions to networking problems across a wide range of technologies or scenarios.


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