Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert in routing and switching certifies expert-level knowledge of networking across various LAN and WAN interfaces, and a variety of routers and switches. It is advancement to Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP) exam. Routing and Switching is by far the most popular track with 16,355 certified individuals as of March 25, 2008. The certification covers a variety of networking concepts and protocols which are not limited. Network administrators had been looking for this kind of exam for a long time. A network administrator can accelerate his career to extreme heights after passing CCIE routing and switching tests and becoming a Cisco certified intranet work expert.
Knowledge like Routing and Switching, IP Interior Gateway Routing Protocols, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Multicast Routing, Quality of Service (QoS), Security, IP and IOS Features is provided in CCIE routing and switching exams.
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.
There are two exams to be passed to become a CCIE routing and switching certified professional. One is written test and the other is practical lab test. Two hour, written qualification exam which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam. The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to configure actual equipment and get the network running in a timed test situation. You must pass the lab within three years of passing the written to achieve certification. Your first lab attempt must be made within 18 months.
You are required to pass a recertification exam every two years. If you do not complete your recertification before the deadlines, your CCIE certification will be suspended and you and your employer will lose the benefits associated with your expert status. You have one year to reinstate your CCIE status before you becomes inactive and must begin the certification process all over again.
Employers across the globe search for Cisco certified network experts who can effectively utilize Cisco products. CCDA certification can be gained by just one exam after that you become sought after the whole world. For CCDA certified sky is the limit.