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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The CCIE Written Exam Expose and One Year's Worth of CCIE's Re-Certification - +/- 10,000 or so...

Ok,

So here's the problem - CCIE's have to re-certify using a given CCIE Written Exam every couple of years or else become de-certified.

There's a process but the end result is that the CCIE who cannot pass a CCIE Written or CCDE Written Exam - any of them... well they lose the certification.  Period.

The problem is that the latest exam has no such study guide apparently at least since around January of 2016 which really means there was no testing aids - FROM ANYWHERE - available to our erstwhile CCIE's who needed to re-certify using... the CCIE RS Written...

And probably others or soon to be others...

So what!!!

These are CCIE's and they beat the lab...  They are the most resourceful and talented engineers on the planet and they are elite.

Um...

Unless they can't pass that CCIE Written Exam in time... Those who procrastinated may have lost the certification or may currently be at risk...

If the so-called brain dumps are no longer in operation and of no further use for the current CCIE Written Exams then the current CCIE's who used such resources as a "SOLE SOURCE" are very much dis-enfranchised.

So... what?

Well...  That means that Cisco Partners who require CCIE's are going to be needing new CCIE's and there will be a shortage.

It means CCIE Salaries for those who made the cut are know able to name that price in salary negotiations...

It means that no matter what - the CCIE Program has some issues...

1. Is is possible that such a large number of CCIE's simply cannot pass the exams any longer... I mean they were CCIE's yesterday before their CCIE expired...

2. Is is possible that the CCIE Pundits and Tweeters have made a colossal difference at Cisco Live and are going to get an immediate overhaul before they are deer in the headlights and de-certified?

3. Is it possible that even if a new exam is written - the question bank will be changed often enough to make the CCIE's shape up or ship out... of the program...?

4. Some CCIE's let their CCNA or CCNP go at some point and may have been dependent upon that one shot one kill re-certification exam to re-certify a host of certifications...  per policy.

5. What's the CCIE Program going to do now?

 - Is it going to fold to massive PEER PRESSURE from people who beat the CCIE Labs and may have used materials that gave them an undue advantage over others... can't call it cheating per VUE's guidelines - had this discussion in 2009 so the term does not apply to the test taker.

 - However, now Cisco is back in the INTEGRITY CROSS-HAIRS and the CCIE Program has a MORAL DILEMMA....

 - Will it stick to its guns,., and retain the current CCIE Written Exams and use its normal process of Exam Development that has been tried and true for over 20+ years...

 - Will it fold to PEER PRESSURE because an ENTIRE GENERATION of CCIE's - We are possibly taking over 10,000+ Current CCIE's simply cannot pass the CCIE Written Exams - particularly the CCIE RS Written  which apparently may only cover a small percentage of possible questions versus previous years which covered several hundred questions... if we look at the numbers -  a little Google and those who don't know any better can check the exact statistics...

I, myself, I looked and found the root cause of the problem...

The CCIE RS Written Question Bank is not in the open...

Recall... Someone cleaned up Sadikhov about 7 years ago or so and now there is no place to dump exams so easy and so... there is a clear and inalienable void...

IPExpert is also no longer around and that left a void...

The bottom line is there is a problem...

CCIE's Numbers are falling and while the numbers say 50,000+ Certified CCIE's, some died and some dropped out of the program when the mythical job opportunities never materialized...  or did not pay as well - take a look at the Chinese numbers of CCIE's - the supply/demand and economy may not support the $100k mark for that country and few Visa's so... the investment may not have panned out...

Now with no testing aids to help and no real CCIE Written Training Books by Cisco Press that are a one shot and one kill solution... (Narbik posted on CLN and agreed that even his latest 2 volume offering was not quite a silver bullet for the CCIE RS Written) and no other track has had a Cisco Press Book to really cover the various CCIE Written Exams...

The bottom line is Cisco and Cisco Press have to step up to the plate for CCIE Written Exams...

Right now - The Problem is lack of support.

The Cisco Expert Level Program - 8 years later only supports CCIE Routing and Switching and CCIE Collaboration to any degree...

That's it.

No other CCIE's are supported by the Cisco Expert Level Certification Program...

Why not?

Why not?

Why not?

It's been 8 years and Cisco has certified some 25-30,000 CCIE's or more in that time... more or less...

Yet no major releases to support these CCIE Programs...


My question to Cisco is this:  Are you going to shape up or ship out of the CCIE Program?

Someone has to support the CCIE Program...  Vendors like Juniper or Arista or even Huawei are not going to do it for Cisco...

I love the CCIE Program and have used it to leverage my own skills for nearly 20 years now... and it has paid off in spades...

However, as a person who continually and consistently helps CCIE's mostly every day - I have to say our CCIE's are needing some more support in the terms of affordable training, more access to labs, and more books and training programs for each CCIE Track...


Do I need to start and fund a CCIE Training Company to prove my point?

I've done well at the CCNP level and well enough to make such a statement.  I can leverage a small business loan easy enough.  I have the contacts who are talented and I've been engaged with so many talented CCIE's for almost 20+ years and have resources such as few others have...

And I am a highly motivated professional who actually knows the ins and outs of this certification industry to a certain extent who has never been committed to any other organization who trains for the CCIE, even though I've been entertained a time or two by some of the major training partners to Cisco.


Thoughts... We need help...

Now is the Time...


Darby Weaver

The Inquisitor...