Remember how great it felt when you were a kid and had a huge test coming up that you didn't feel prepared for, but then the day of the exam arrived and school was CANCELED? Well, get ready to feel that euphoria again, folks. The new CCIE lab exams and certification migrations have now been extended from February 24th to April 27th.That's right. You now have two additional months to either prepare for the new exams or take the current exams.
Why did Cisco make this choice? Unfortunately, it's the result of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization on January 30th. Cisco acted swiftly to help protect certification candidates and employees worldwide by closing the CCIE labs in both Hong Kong and Beijing from February 1st to February 14th.
Inevitably, these closures impacted the planned February 24th transition of the CCIE Lab Exams and affected not just those studying and working in China, but all customers around the work who now face travel restrictions, business closures, and additional issues caused by the Coronavirus.
What Does This Mean for You?
First and foremost, please consider contributing to the aid efforts currently in place to provide China with necessary medical supplies and support. Project Hope is one of the non-profits leading the charge to ensure that those treating patients with the Coronavirus have everything they need. You can find more information and a link for donating here.
Moving forward with your own CCIE aspirations can (and should) continue as planned. Here are some important facts to keep in mind:
- Only the CCIE Lab Exams and certification migrations are affected. The new written core CCIE exams will still go live on February 24th.
- The current CCIE Lab Exams will be available to take through April 26th.
- The new Recertification Policy will also still go into effect on February 24th.
- If you've already scheduled a new CCIE Lab Exam for anytime between February 24th and April 26th, you will need to reschedule for April 27th or after.
- You also have the option of keeping your scheduled lab exam date and taking the current edition.
- If you do choose to reschedule, the rescheduling fee will be waived.
Everything You Need in One Place
INE is ready and waiting with up-to-date content designed to prepare you for the changes ahead. Our new CCIE Learning Path takes you, step by step, through each topic covered on the new exams, so you won't inadvertently miss a thing. Additionally, our expert instructors, including Brian McGahan and Keith Bogart, provide the in-depth guidance you need to not only pass your exam, but excel in your career.
If you choose to sit for the current CCIE Lab Exam, we still have all the relevant courses our users depend on for CCIE success here, as well as blog and webinar resources discussing the Cisco changes and how best to prepare for them.
Webinars and Blogs
Stream INE's free webinars on the certification changes.
How to Earn Your CCIE Data Center Certification Before Cisco 2020 Updates - Led by Brian McGahan, this webinar covers the upcoming changes to Cisco's Data Center Certification program, now going into effect on April 27th, 2020, while laying out a path to earn your CCIE certification before hand.
Obtaining Your CCIE R&S Before the Program Changes - Also led by Brian McGahan, this webinar lays out a plan for earning the CCIE Routing & Switching Certification before the changes are implemented.
You can also check out our original blog posts on the CCIE changes, written just after Cisco's announcement:
- New Cisco Certification Updates 2019
- CCIE Routing & Switching Updates for 2020
- CCIE Data Center Updates for 2020
The Finish Line is Straight Ahead
INE is here to support your journey down the best path for you. Make the most of your prep time by focusing on the content that matters and working with experts you can count on. We can't wait to see what you'll accomplish.
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