There are no formal prerequisites for the CCIE exam, but CCIE Exams recommends one has at least 3-5 years experience in networking before attempting to become a CCIE. CCIE was the first Cisco Certified qualification, and as such there were no other certifications that could be taken prior. The development of the associate and professional certifications was due to recognition of the fact that a CCIE is overkill for many networking personnel, and also for the vast majority of businesses who employ such people, and that certifications needed to be offered at lower levels.

Despite the development of the lower certifications, Cisco has chosen not to make them formal requirements for the CCIE certification. It is possible to hold multiple CCIE certification. This is done by passing both the written and the lab exam in a particular track. As of September 9, 2008, there are 1,729 individuals who hold multiple CCIE certifications. Of those, 274 hold three or more CCIE certifications.

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The Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Voice is the smart way to help ensure your IT staff is equipped with the latest skills and knowledge to support your sophisticated network. The program offers a comprehensive, blended-learning curriculum designed to accelerate competency and build the skills needed to achieve CCIE Voice certification. CCIE voice training standards are available on the Cisco Learning Network off the CCIE Voice written exam v3.0 topics and CCIE Voice lab exam v3.0 topics pages.

Cisco Revising CCIE R&S and Cisco 360 With input from enterprise customers across industries, Cisco is revising the certification requirements for CCIE Routing & Switching. The new certification standards are available on the Cisco Learning Network at CCIE R&S v4.0 written exam topics and CCIE R&S v4.0 lab exam topics. Exams are scheduled for release on October 18, 2009 and will immediately replace the currently available v3.0 exams. The Cisco 360 Learning Program will also be updated to support the development of the news skills required for CCIE R&S certification.

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