I know I’m late to the blogging party on this one, but after a couple weeks of vendor fights and the unveiling of the Cisco 360 program I didn’t want to forget about a very good idea that Cisco has recently implemented: the mobile CCIE lab.
Cisco is expanding its capacity for delivering the CCIE Routing and Switching lab exam through the CCIE mobile lab initiative to offer more convenient testing to those pursuing CCIE certification. Using CCIE mobile test labs, Cisco will offer more candidates the ability to take the exam in their local country, increasing convenience and reducing the wait time and expense associated with testing outside their home country. The initiative will begin with the CCIE Routing and Switching exam and expand to include other certification exams in the future.
This is great news for candidates who live far from one of the ten CCIE lab exam locations. This will cut travel costs as well as red tape (visas, passports, etc) for a lot of candidates. Not only is this a great idea but it shows that Cisco is starting to support their desire to increase the number of CCIEs worldwide.
You can check this page for the scheduled as well as planned locations. Sadly, Minnesota not on the list. 🙂 Right now you need to contact your “theatre Business Development Manager” to schedule a mobile exam, but according to the Cisco CCIE teleconference you should be able to book mobile labs through the standard CCIE booking website starting early in 2009.
The only other possible downside is that I’ve heard that the cost for the mobile lab seems to be US$2,000 rather than the current US$1,400 cost. So this really only becomes a good deal if your travel costs would be more than $600. Still this is a great idea. Kudos to Cisco.