CCIE Routing and Switching

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching (CCIE Routing and Switching) certifies the skills required of expert-level network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructure.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification

Required Exam(s) & Recommended Training

l Step One: CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam, which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

    Written Exam Information:400-101 CCIE

l Step Two: CCIE Routing and Switching Lab Exam

The CCIE lab exam is an eight-hour, hands-on exam which requires you to configure and troubleshoot a series of complex networks to given specifications. Knowledge of troubleshooting is an important skill and candidates are expected to diagnose and solve issues as part of the CCIE lab exam. You will not configure end-user systems, but are responsible for all devices residing in the network (hubs, etc.). Point values and testing criteria are provided. More detail is found on the Routing and Switching Lab Exam Blueprint and the list of Lab Equipment and IOS Versions.


The program is designed for routing and switching networking professionals with five to seven years of job experience.  The program allows students to assess, learn, practice, review, and demonstrate new skills in an integrated environment.  The program components can easily be accessed within an internet portal and provides assessment results, performance feedback, and progress reports.

Course Brief Introduction

The Cisco Expert-Level Training for CCIE Routing and Switching is the Cisco authorized training program that helps to develop routing and switching network expertise.  This blended learning program combines live instruction, self-paced training modules, hands-on lab practice, and peer interaction to develop routing and switching network experts.

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