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To explain the title of this post the method I chose to pass the CCIE is not best practice and it took me quite a few attempts across 2 versions which ended up costing me a lot both financially and sacrificing time with my family. When I rputing the method I chose — it was not a conscious decision but more of the path that I ended up taking.
Studying for this exam is going to take a lot of your time so be prepared to put aside your social life for a good few months and dedicate your evenings and weekends to the command line.
Add to that travel, training materials and the costs add up. Getting your study time in will affect them. So they need to be on board with what you are doing and be understanding of your weekends in front of the computer.
There is nothing worse that feeling guilty about studying. Once you have all these in place you just need a plan and a timeline. The ideal method is a 6 month plan where you devote pretty much all of your spare time towards study snd then take off two weeks before the exam to focus solely on lab exam practice.
Next ensure you have the funds for at least 2 attempts as if you fail the first time you will want to go back within 30 days and not worry about paying for it. April — First attempt in Brussels my previous employer paid for this I failed, was nowhere near ready and should not have even gone to the lab. December — Second attempt, mobile lab in London I paid for this I failed, better technically but ran out of time in both TS and config.
May — Third attempt in Brussels, I paid for this last few days of Version 4. I failed again better with time management, passed TS and failed config.
At this point my understanding wife said enough is enough this routijg costing us too much money you have to stop now. I was back on track. As the version had changed from V4 to V5 I took my time coming up to speed with all the new technologies that were in the lab, the main difference was DMVPN which was a new area for me.
June — Re-certify the written exam again as I was unable to book the lab exam as it had expired — Again! August — Fifth attempt — I passed — I had really got on top of all the areas of TS that had caused me problems before and felt really on top of the exam finished with over an hour to spare which gave me plenty of time to verify. The reason my journey took so long was purely ciscoo I did not roufing in the time required before I went to the exam, I also had some delays due to financial reasons.
On the INE bootcamp Brian Dennis said that the CCIE Lab exam is a sentence that you have to serve and you will either do your time before your first attempt or all the times up until your passing attempt.
How not to Pass the CCIE LAB Exam – Routing & Switching V5
What he means is that you have to do the work and you have to be on top of the technology, I chose to go to the lab before I was really ready, you should study and study really well and make one maybe two attempts.
Has it made me a better engineer? Certainly yes, I have learnt a lot and in more depth than if I had just passed the first time around. Would I do things differently for the next one? There is one thing that the CCIE Lab exam will do and that is to find your weaknesses, if you have none then you will be fine. I am going to take a few weeks of study and then I need to pick up on some other vendor certs that I need to pickup mainly around F5, Riverbed and SDN.
Enjoy your CCIE number!
How not to pass the CCIE Lab Exam in R&S V5
Would you in your current job role that your specific job aand you an advantage to passing your CCIE then before? I am learning Ansible with python to automation of Cisco and any networking devices. Kirk Byer created a python script netmiko to connect to Cisco and ciso devices. Like I want to push configuration to all devices and then retrieve configuration.
Jmax, I would say that it has been a journey and everything along the way has helped me pass the exam, changing jobs and working for a cisco partner has certainly helped, but more because I am working with a lot more people who are all focussed on the certifications in general.
Certifying your skills is part of the job. But what it really comes down to is you and the CLI — focus on the technology, no distractions, and you will get there. Thanks for the response Roger. I am will not be going for the CCIE because of other personal projects. Thank you Roger for this article.
I currently am studying for the v5, and posts like these are a kick in the rear for me to get back on the horse when distractions come into play. Definitely hard to fit in studying between work and family.
Have been reading your blogs for a while too. There are actually women studying for the CCIE. They might even be primary family caregivers along with working in networking. The comment was not meant to be negative in cci way and I personally know two female CCIEs and am all for it.
All I meant to say is if you are on your own — setting your study time is a lot easier. With others in your life they need to be on board with what you are doing. Roger please guide us. Tell me importance of lab ciwco for ccie. Cisco will issue certificates only when both lab and written test are passed? I found your video guide from a few years back quite useful for when I did mine in December and have followed your website. I saved up routiing take 6 months off to study full time which worked for me, still paying off the last of it now though 9 months later.
I just starting to reading book from and my planned to take the lab will be in Does this plan is too short to take the lab? I was very close to passing my Lab yesterday and even though I knew I had enough time, got stuck in one section in the Config that had me bogged down and loose substantial amount of time — which sapped away my validation times and that surely got me in the end.
Proctor went as far as to say, you can configure Congratulations and thanks for sharing and inspiring others on your journey. I just want to know that if someone has passed written exam of ccie rout8ng and switching so can he get hard copy of certificate or he has to do lab test to get certificate. I want to know importance of lab test.
Is it mandatory part of ccie? This is a story of persistence and no quit. Curious if anyone is about to sit for the lab early or have recently? Curious if the study process or method changed since Your email address will not be published.
Time Money An understanding family Time: Again another ideal solution is to have your employer pay for everything. Conclusion The reason my journey took so long was purely that I did not put in the time required before I went to the exam, I also had some delays due to financial reasons.
My lab time must be well over hours if I include all the weekends and bootcamps etc. I am going to take a few weeks of study and then I need to pick up on some other vendor certs that I need to pickup mainly around F5, Riverbed and SDN I am also going to start learning Python.
For now I am enjoying my weekends. Previous Post after failing attempt 1 https: Congratulations on passing the exam. We really should work on being a little more inclusive, though: I also know a husband and wife who were both going for the CCIE and she passed first!
Correct, Cisco will only issue certificates when both the written and lab exams are passed. Thanks for this sharing to the worlds. Inspiring indeed, you have really hit a nerve and I am going for it.
Yes, the lab exam is a mandatory part of the CCIE certification. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.