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Cisco CCIE Service Provider certification

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Service Provider Certification

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Achieving the Cisco CCIE Service Provider certification demonstrates your expert-level ability to perform large-scale maintenance, troubleshoot implementation, and manage support of applications. It demonstrates that you have the skills to build extensible service provider infrastructures that deliver managed services.


There are no formal prerequisites for Cisco CCIE certification but candidates are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the exam topics and are strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification. Students would benefit from being a CCNP for Service Provider but this is not mandatory.

Required Exam Recommended Training 

400-201 CCIE Service Provider

CCNP Service Provider

CCIE Service Provider Prep Workshop

Additional Study Resources recommended or available from Cisco or Cisco Press that cover topics in the exam blue prints.

CCIE Lab Exam

Step One: CCIE Collaboration Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering those technologies and applications that comprise a Cisco Enterprise Collaboration solution before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step Two: CCIE Collaboration Lab Exam

The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get the collaboration solution operating in a timed test situation. You must make an initial attempt of the CCIE lab exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE written exam. If you do not pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, you must retake the written exam before being allowed to attempt the lab exam again.


CCIEs are required to recertify every two years.

To recertify you can:

  • Earn the required credits through the Cisco Continuing Education Program, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR CCIE Lab Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.

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 then have one year to reinstate your CCIE status before you become inactive and must begin the certification process all over again.

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