Cisco hasn’t exactly changed their minds, but has made some – ahem – slight adjustments for those current CCIE Voice holders and how they may transition to the new CCIE Collaboration. Three options are laid out quite clearly here on Cisco’s Learning Network page. Note that option 2 (what most previously thought was the only designated path) does expire on Feb 13, although that’s Feb 13, 2016, so there is plenty of time to make your decision.

About Mark Snow, CCIE #14073:

Mark Snow has been actively working with data and traditional telephony as a Network Consulting Engineer since 1995, and has been working with Cisco Call Manager and voice-over technology since 1998. Mark has been actively teaching and developing content for the CCIE Voice track since 2005, and the Security track since 2007. Mark's story with both data and voice technology started out quite young, as he began learning around the age of five from his father who was a patented inventor and a research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mark started out on Unix System V and basic analog telephony, and went on from there to large data networking projects with technologies such as Banyan Vines, IPX and of course IP, and large phone systems such as Nortel 61c, Tadiran Coral, Avaya Definity and of course Cisco Unified Communications Manager in both enterprise and 911 PSAP environments across the US and internationally. Mark is also an accomplished pilot and punched his ticket in 2001. When Mark isn't learning, labing, consulting or teaching, he can be found either piloting or possibly jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, hanging off a rock somewhere or else skiing out west. He also might just be enjoying a quiet day at the beach with his wife and two wonderful young kids, Ryleigh and Judah.

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11 Responses to “New Details Emerge on Converting CCIE Voice to CCIE Collaboration”

  1. James says:

    Hi Mark, it should be easy by passing written exam.
    What about wireless track? Does ine think about it?

  2. Neil Moore says:

    Option #3 looks like my plan!

  3. Bobby says:

    Which option will you be taking Mark? I can see pros/cons with all 3.

    • Pros of converting are that it’s easy. Cons of taking the new lab and calling yourself a Dual IE (or Quad IE), would be that many would argue (rightfully so) that you are only a 1.5x CCIE (or a 3.5x CCIE respectively). Either way, it’s still fun to take another lab. And any CCIE lab is a serious challenge, no matter whether it is only 20% new material or not.

  4. Terrence B says:

    HMMMM. seems fishy. They are going to let people convert, but never go back. I wonder how this is going to affect partner status with how they are wording the options????? Mark are you going to take the new lab?

    • I believe Cisco will update the partner requirements in late 2014 or possibly early 2015 to enforce CCIE Collaboration as requirement for the Master UC Specialization, however they have already stated that for the time being either CCIE Voice or CCIE Collaboration will suffice for the requirement. As to your 2nd question, how could I pass up the challenge to go take another lab?

  5. AndiS says:

    Cisco approach make sense and fair….thanks for sharing.

  6. Nick says:

    Hi Mark,

    According to the document, option 2 is available between November 21, 2013 and February 13, 2016

  7. ismail kurtoglu says:

    Hi Mark

    i have a question,

    when collaboration was announced by cisco i read about ccie collaboration cert requiring exams chart,
    i saw there ccie voice written + ccie collab lab is enough for ccie collaboration cert.

    but when i looking for it on cisco site there is no information about it.

    what do you think about it.


    • Hi Ismail,

      Yes, taking and passing both the CCIE Collaboration Written exam plus the CCIE Collaboration Practical (Lab) exam are enough to certify you as a CCIE Collaboration.
      This post was aimed at folks that will have already passed the CCIE Voice by Feb 13, 2014, and wish to convert their CCIE to be named Collaboration instead of Voice. Those people (who already have CCIE Voice) only need take the CCIE Collaboration Written exam.


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