The normally dormant CCIE News and Announcements page has been a relative hub of activity. Two announcements in two weeks. The most recent announcement concerns a new payment policy for the CCIE lab:
Policy Change to Payment for CCIE Labs
In effort to improve the availability of CCIE lab exams Cisco has updated the CCIE lab payment process.
On September 6, 2008the payment policy for CCIE labs will be as follows:
Payment in full is due 90 days (calendar) prior to your lab date. Payment must be received to confirm your date. After 90 days refunds will not be available for cancelled lab dates.
The change in this policy will allow for lab seats to be open in a timely manner and create more desirable time frames.
If you have questions or want to confirm you are within the 90+ day window please contact customer support.
This is a good change in that it will open up more lab dates within 90 days. Right now you can schedule a lab exam without having to actually make payment until 28 days before your date. This usually means that there are dates available within 28 days because of candidates dropping or changing their date before actually paying Cisco. This change moves that date to 90 days out.
The only downside to this change is that you can’t cancel your lab date after the 90 day mark. This is not really too big of a negative as it will force candidates to be more cautious (and realistic) in scheduling their lab date.
I still think that Cisco should require payment when a lab is booked but this is a step in the right direction.