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CCIE Routing And Switching Training FAQ’S

What is CCIE Routing and Switching?

CCIE stands for Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert. A CCIE in R&S certifies an expert for configuration and troubleshoot of complex and converged network infrastructure. It recognizes knowledge & experience in Network Infrastructure Technologies. At Networkers Home, we allow participants to work on real Cisco devices along with online access to facility.

The program is divided into 6 tracks currently viz. Routing & Switching, Security, Collaboration, Data Center, Service Provider and Wireless.

What is the Scope of CCIE R&S?

Innumerable benefits are there of being a CCIE Routing and Switching training. The salary would be highest in industry, job role opportunities are better, great reputation and respect among co-workers & within company, highly rewarding career and a highly skilled Networking background. Later to improve in career, an aspirant may choose CCAr after 8-10 yrs of experience. A candidate experienced in job roles such as Network Managers/ Professionals, Network Architects/ Engineers may take up this Certification exam most suitably. A fresher candidate may learn at all the three levels of CCIE training.

The complete details on theoretical and lab training is available on link: Learning CCIE R&S

What are prerequisites to CCIE R&S Certifications?

There are currently no prerequisites for a CCIE R&S Certification exam. Instead there are candidates who choose a CCIE Certification instead of going for their graduation. Even graduates with different background may choose CCIE course training programs and they have an equal opportunity in the Networking domain. The Certification is a 2-step process and the first part is a 2 hour written exam upon successful completion of which an 8 hour lab exam is to be cleared within 18 months of success.

Can a non-B. Tech candidate opt for CCIE R&S certifications?

Yes. An engineering degree is not required by the candidates to take up CCIE R&S Certifications. A candidate with graduation in any stream may take up CCIE R&S course certification training who may later proceed with Certifications. Though graduation is not a prerequisite for the Certification exam but there are many reputed IT giants who prefer selecting graduate candidates. The CCNA, CCNP and CCIE course training program may be undertaken directly by an undergraduate candidate.

How useful CCIE R&S certification for fresher candidates?

A fresher candidate is always advised to begin their Networking career with Routing & Switching track course training program. This holds true even for the candidates who wish to build their career in other tracks. Further a Certification success helps to begin with job roles such as System Security Engineer/ Integrator, Network Security Engineer/ Consultant and similar other roles for long term success. The salary of a certified candidate is highest and the growth opportunity is maximum at workplace. It also opens an opportunity for further advancement in career through CCAr certifications after an experience of 8 – 10 years.

Is CCIE R&S worth when other Vendors and technologies are emerging in industry?

CCIE R&S possess a distinct position in the Networking domain and in spite of other vendors in industry; the course training program on Routing and Switching will always have its own importance. The Cisco devices and technologies are present all over the world and the CCIE is always worth to pursue as the certification will always be in high demand. A CCIE is known for his/her skills required for configuration and troubleshooting of complex and converged network infrastructure. S/he is well versed in the network infrastructure technology.

What topics are likely to be covered under CCIE R&S program details?

CCIE R&S Program covers a deep understanding of configuring & troubleshooting Switches, HDLC, PPP, VPN along with learning to control IGP updates with Route maps & distribute lists. A candidate develops a detailed understanding of multiprotocol label switching, manipulation of BGP attributes along with a lot more details about which is available on the CCIE Program page.

How can Networkers Home give an edge over other training institutes?

With 12 years of experience in CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE course program training, Networkers Home provides real Cisco devices for lab practice; CCIE certified trainers with a lot of experience and updated learning materials for all the candidates. The quality of training is very high with 24×7 accesses to biggest lab facility with 100% assistance for placements for all candidates. There have been more than 4000 candidates who have trained at NH under the CCIE Certification course training program and got successful through their Certifications and Job role experience.

When do I become eligible for CCIE R&S Certification?

There are no prerequisite to the CCIE R&S training and certification. A candidate willing to take up CCIE R&S Certification doesn’t even require other Certification successes such as CCNA or CCNP. Although an aspirant must not skip the training and learning part at both these lower level. This helps not only in getting success at the Certifications but also helps in performing the Job roles at the organization.

How much time would it take to become Certification ready for CCIE R&S?

Generally, it takes somewhere around 6-7 months for a new candidate to become CCIE Certification ready. The Certification exam is a 2 step exam with a 2 hr written exam followed by an 8 hr lab exam. A fresher candidate begins at CCNA training that takes approx 4 – 5 weeks of training followed by 8-9 weeks of CCNP training. After CCNP course completion, it takes approximately 2.5 – 3 months training under CCIE R&S Course training program.

Which one is better, CCIE R&S or CCIE SP?

Both the tracks R&S and SP along with all the other tracks are considered good for the aspirants. But as per current industry requirement, student’s interest and future career scope, we at Networkers Home recommend Routing & Switching track to the CCIE aspirants. This track has its own benefits as it can be taken by a complete fresher candidate in Networking. Further a candidate taking up CCIE Certification course training in R&S may further opt for training and certification in other tracks in future.

What features should an aspirant consider while choosing a training institute for CCIE certification course preparation?

There are various important features to be considered while choosing the best institute for CCIE Certification course preparation. First of all, a candidate should visit the training institute physically to verify the facilities. Some of the key features I recommend would be

  • 24×7 Lab access facility
  • Real Cisco Devices for training
  • CCIE Certified trainers who can share experience and learning with candidates
  • CCIE success results
  • Expert Lab administrator guide is present
  • Reviews from existing candidates

Is getting a CCIE Certification success difficult?

No. It is absolutely not. We at Networkers Home suggest a candidate to take up training beginning at CCNA level before moving to CCNP level training and finally to CCIE level training. Be it R&S track or any other track, we recommend you to move step by step towards your Certification which leads you to a successful career. At NH, students are guided through complete certification process and we train them exhaustively for both the lab exam and written exam success. The candidates must be hard working and dedicate their 100% in the direction of training and success. There are two steps in the Certification where a 2 hr written exam is undertaken upon successful completion of which an 8 hr lab exam is taken to become a CCIE Certified candidate.

There are dumps available promising CCIE Certification successes? Is it viable to use them?

We suggest that training for a fresher candidate may take a time duration of 6-7 months but it always promises a better future both while the Certification exam and the future job role successes. The most important portion that a candidate should focus upon during Networking training is getting thorough understanding of the technology part. This part is absent for the candidates utilizing dumps for their Certification successes. Thus NH does not suggest any use of dumps for its own candidates and for any other aspirant willing to take up Networking as their career.

Is CCIE a better option than AWS and SDN?

CCIE is a great option to take up in the long term success of the career and possess a great reputation for the Networking related roles. The CCIE DC Certifications is the SDN offering from Cisco and the networking technologies have a lot of scope in years to come. SDN and AWS are important for candidates for their learning and career growth but the CCIE course training and certifications have their own benefits and importance in Networking industry.

Is online mode effective for CCIE Routing and Switching course training?

The online mode of CCIE training is very famous among current Networking aspirants. At Networkers Home, we provide complete assistance with the course material, online lab access facility, recorded sessions of lectures for future references and other important training in soft copy for future references. The effectiveness also improves with increase in the ease of a candidate.

What are some of the benefits of being a CCIE R&S?

There are a lot of tangible and intangible benefits of being a CCIE Certified in Routing & Switching track. Some of the benefits of being a CCIE in Routing & Switching track could be listed as

  • The salary is high as per market standards. The range may differ for different countries but the CCIE certified candidates are paid well.
  • A CCIE certified candidate is always in demand and thus s/he always has a great demand in industry.
  • CCIE candidates possess good reputation and a lot of respect among peers and whole Networking Industry.
  • CCIEs are known for their intelligence, good communications skills and a lot of hands on skills.
  • The career domain is evergreen and has a lot of scope with improvement in other technologies such as SDN (Software Defined Networks) & emergence of Cloud technologies such as AWS among a lot others.

Is lab exam easier than the written exam while getting Certified in Routing & Switching track?

The ease of a particular exam entirely depends upon the hands – on skills of the candidates. But the general trend is that the first step written exams are easier compared to the 8 hour lab exam. The candidate along with the theoretical preparation of exam should dedicate a lot of time upon the lab practice training from beginning itself so that the complete technology is well learnt by candidates.

What is a typical day of a CCIE Certified expert at their workplace?

The work profile affects a lot on how a typical day would be for a CCIE Certified Expert. The job role could be in Operations, Design and in many other domains. Further you could be working in an Enterprise Networking or you could be working on an ISP and be a part of Service Assurance team or some new office could be coming up that requires design, POC, devices along with preparation of config, test and implementation.

Is CCIE R&S good for a girl candidate in their long term career?

Yes. There are a lot of candidates who are girls and also a CCIE and have been successful in their career domain. There are many girl aspirants who completed their CCIE in multiple tracks and are pursuing a successful career.

Here is a link for blog where the details about the girl candidates being successful in CCIE as their career may be obtained. CCIE girl candidates successful in Networking

What should be process for R&S course training? Can we skip CCNA and CCNP part after 2 yrs of work experience?

No. You should not skip the training part in CCNA and CCNP levels of Routing & Switching course training. Though you may directly appear for CCIE R&S certification exams. After having a relevant work experience, you may be well aware of technology but the complete training from basics helps a candidate in structured training ensuring that no topic remains unattended. The training at all the three levels in a sequential manner is required for the success in Certification and job role opportunity.

Are there any prerequisite for CCIE lab exam?

There are generally no prerequisites to appear in a CCIE exam but to appear in a CCIE Lab exam, a candidate requires being successful at the 2 hour written exam that consists of about 90 – 110 questions. Also the lab exam can be undertaken with 18 months of successful completion of written exam. During this time a candidate may take multiple attempts as per the Cisco Guidelines.

Which city is better for CCIE preparation? Bangalore, Delhi, Pune or Hyderabad.

Bangalore is a preferred location when compared to any other location mentioned above. (To be modified)

Which is the best network simulator for CCIE R&S?

There are many famous network simulators that can be accessed for CCNA, CCNP and CCIE training.

Some of them are GNS3, Packet Tracer, VIRL, Boson and build own lab. These simulators are good at different levels but the real Cisco devices have their own importance and you may contact Networkers Home for more details on training.

How to prepare for CCIE R&S job interviews?

A right mindset is what comes first during a CCIE R&S job interviews. Be positive for the situation and also be grateful for the opportunity of testing your skills and knowledge. You may take upon various approaches such as you may sort down various issues and solve them in steps. Further you may choose to answer in such a manner that your troubleshooting skills are well displayed to the interview panel.

What would be best hardware (Laptop/Desktop with features) suggested for CCIE course training?

A laptop with latest configuration such as I3 processor, 500 GB hard disk, 8 GB RAM and similar other features should be there at minimum for training at the level of CCIE Course program.(To be modified)

What are future career opportunities for a CCIE R&S certified candidates?

A CCIE R&S certification has a lot of great opportunities for the aspirants choosing this program. First of all, highest number of jobs is present under this track and there are numerous job role opportunities such as System Security Engineer/ Integrator, Network Security Engineer/ Consultant and a lot of other similar reputed roles.

Will I get a recording of the sessions for future references?

Yes. For all the online programs, you get recorded training sessions for all your future references. Further, for all the programs you get material for learning in softcopy along with online training. The lab facility is available online and can be accessed 24×7. This helps in learning of the candidates and is also useful for your future career opportunities.

Can I access lab facility as per my suitability?

The lab Facility at Networkers Home is accessible 24×7. The online lab access as well as physical access is both available for the entire duration. Any candidate may take on the rack facility and other services anytime. The lab facility is such vast that each student gets ample amount of time for lab access. There are no upper limits to the time allotted for the lab practice. A candidate may come anytime and practice as much as s/he can. The lab admin guide is always present for helping in training under various tracks.

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