Congratulations go out to the newly minted Cisco Certified Design Experts that passed the Practical Exam after attending INE’s CCDE Bootcamp with me in Chicago last week! So far I know of at least 9 students from this past week’s class and previous ones that passed the practical this time around. Here’s what some of them had to say:

I had accomplished 2 CCIE’s and was ready for the CCDE. I took the CCDE v1 test a couple of years ago and failed miserably. I came to the INE CCDE boot camp with really no expectations. I didn’t only learn some technical details through the boot camp, I learned the mental strategies needed to get through this test. Thanks, INE!!

Rob Gonzalez, CCDE #20130059

Brian’s approach in how to tackle the exam question were invaluable. I was able to successfully navigate several difficult questions there on my first attempt. Thanks to Brian and his insight I was able to pass.

Travis Jones, CCDE #20130060

Hi Brian,

Just wanted to drop you a note that I passed the exam today. Still in shock, but it’s starting to sink in. Thanks for a great session this week. I’ll highly recommend it!

Dave Fusik, CCDE #20130070

I passed the CCDE in Chicago after attending the 3 day INE CCDE Bootcamp with Brian McGahan. The room was full of very intelligent and experienced individuals who started discussions that helped solidify my knowledge in the topics tested on the exam. Thank you once again INE!

Dana Yanch, CCDE #20130071

As it seems that the interest in the CCDE track is continuing to grow, INE is going to continue to offer our study sessions which follow along with Cisco’s schedule for the Practical Exam. The next Practical Exam is scheduled for Thursday February 20th 2014, so expect our next session to likely run Monday – Wednesday that same week in Chicago. However since Cisco is now offering the CCDE Practical Exam at all Pearson Professional Center locations, there’s a possibility that we may be moving our next study session to an online format.

If you’re interested in attending one of INE’s CCDE Bootcamps in the future, let me know via comments below if you prefer it in an online format or a live onsite format. The advantage of course of running it online is that you can attend from anywhere, but at the expense of the live class discussion that happens in an onsite class.

Also don’t forget to check out our CCDE Practical Recommended Reading List, as the topic scope for the exam is immense to say the least.

Congrats again to the newest CCDEs of 2013!

About Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13:

Brian McGahan was one of the youngest engineers in the world to obtain the CCIE, having achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching at the age of 20 in 2002. Brian has been teaching and developing CCIE training courses for over 10 years, and has assisted thousands of engineers in obtaining their CCIE certification. When not teaching or developing new products Brian consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers in the midwest region of the United States.

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22 Responses to “Congrats to the new CCDEs of 2013!”

  1. kennyken says:

    i’d actually spend the money just to come to this just to learn more about design…I don’t think i’m prepared for the DE yet though

  2. Hemanth Raj says:

    Hi Brian

    I would like to attend it online .

  3. romeo says:

    Hi no doubts: of course online! Also, ine should record these sessions for AAP members. Thanks

  4. Salman says:

    I’d love having the online option please. I have no idea when I’m going to do it yet though.

  5. Vagner Ramos says:

    Online it’ll be a plus

  6. Youssef says:

    Congratulations to all of you!

    I would like also to attend remotely for budget reasons and maybe add another day in order to have enough time to exchange because remotely we don’t have the ability to do it as on site.

  7. kennyken says:

    I’d prefer the live class if I did it

  8. Hello Brian,

    I think my natural path after passing 2 CCIEs (R&S and SP) is definetly the CCDE. Beside learning DC and Virtualization.
    So more classes and specially videos are welcomed.

  9. Stephen skinner says:

    Brian , i second the request for attending online.
    Congrats to all the those who were successful this time around.

  10. Deepak Arora says:

    Would like to attend online version.

    Deepak Arora
    Evil CCIE#29353

  11. Deepak Arora says:

    Also please clarify if online format will be later available as recorded version or there will be resit policy.

    Deepak Arora
    Evil CCIE#29353

  12. Brendan says:

    I would be interested in online content as I am based in Australia

  13. Rumen Rangelov says:

    Hi Brian,

    Any chance you guys do a CCDE bootcamp somewhere in EU?

    I am interested in online session as well and I know 2 more people that are as well.

    I really believe there is certain demand for CCDE bootcamps in Europe.



  14. Alessio says:

    Hi Brian,
    should you be in Europe the next summer for a CCDE bootcamp i may be there!!

  15. Paul says:

    I would be very interested in an online design course while working towards CCDE; perhaps even longer than 3 day you currently do…

    Even just to learn good design skills from a CCDE ….

    The course could be spaced out over a few months; why rush it all into a few days …& you could go through pros / cons of different designs in detail or go through a few of the scenarios from the boot camp in a detailed walkthrough…

  16. Maher El Zein says:

    Great achievement Brian on certifying this number of CCDEs. Please we really support to add the online CCDE as an option because attending onsite bootcamps are really difficult and too expensive.

    Thank you

  17. Sava says:

    Hello Brian,

    I am interested in attending INE’s CCDE Bootcamp in February 2014.

    Do you plan this bootcamp to be online? It would not be possible for me to travel to the US.

    Thank you,

    Yours sincerely

  18. David Spudich, CCIEx2 #28627 says:

    +1 for online version ;)

  19. Grzegorz Wypych says:

    Congratulations to all

    I am interesting in online version of bootcamp

  20. Seb says:

    +1 for online bootcamp. If there’s going to be one, I will attend.

  21. PeperGisi says:

    I am interested and would personally like an on-site course for the focus. I would be willing to do online if that was all that was available.

  22. Rob says:

    I would attend a Online class or a class on the west-coast where its warm.


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