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August 6, 2008

06 August – CCIE Quickies

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 9:42 am
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Brad ReeseWill the number of CCIEs double in 4 years? Is the R&S pass rate 35%?  How will this affect the value of the CCIE?  CCIE gossip.

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  1. It still floors me that “Brad Reese – Will the number of CCIEs double in 4 years? Is the R&S pass rate 35%? How will this affect the value of the CCIE? CCIE gossip.” these things pop up every 3 months.

    How many human beings exist on the planet? Would having 100,000 of them with their CCIE really hurt?

    Comment by cciejourney — August 6, 2008 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  2. Yeah how many doctors and accountants exist? Considering EVERYTHING is running over the network these days, we NEED more CCIEs. This is just lame excuse from folks who are scared 😀

    Comment by — August 6, 2008 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  3. I heard from a reliable source that Cisco wants to increase the number of CCIEs by 30,000 over the next five years. I asked if he meant increase TO 30,000, but he clarified that they wanted 30,000 NEW CCIEs. That’s 6,000 new CCIEs per year.

    I highly doubt that will happen, but I suppose that it could. A quick back of the envelope calculation:

    10 * 10 * 365 * 5 = 182500
    30,000/182,500 = 16%

    There are 10 testing centers. Let’s say that they each can seat 10 candidates per day and that they are open every day of the year (both variables are most likely wrong). That would mean that a passing rate of 16% would be sufficient to reach the 30,000 goal. Even adjusting the numbers for only weekdays minus 10 holidays at 90% full, a 26% passing rate is needed. But even those numbers are deceiving because that doesn’t take into account seats for candidates taking a second (or greater) track lab exam.

    As far as I know, Cisco has never released any statistics for the passing rate of the lab. I’ve heard everything from 5% to (now) 35%.

    It’s natural that the number of CCIEs is increasing. This is due to a lot of variables outside of “easier tests” or “braindumps” (I STILL don’t believe that you can pass the lab with a braindump). You can look at better training, lower equipment cost, Dynamips, more training vendors, more (and cheaper) rack rentals, a single day versus two-day lab…..blah blah blah.

    I think that if Cisco really wanted to ensure more CCIEs they don’t need to make the lab any easier. They could just need to open more test centers and drop the price of the lab. If the lab were within driving distance and under $500, I think that more candidates would just “blunt force” the lab.

    Anyhoo…that’s just my $.02….back to work. 🙂

    Comment by cciepursuit — August 7, 2008 @ 11:48 am | Reply

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