CCIE Pursuit Blog

January 15, 2009

IPexpert: Will IPexpert Begin Offering Cisco 360 Training?

I received an interesting tweet from a new Twitter account today:

Get ready for the IPexpert Training, Inc. announcement coming soon! Authorized CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, CCIE R&S 360 – and more!

This piqued my interest because of a tweet earlier this month from IPexpert’s CEO Wayne Lawson:

Looks like IPX is wanting to get into the 360 game.. Wonder how that will flow with the current customers and will they lose access

we might be able to do both….expect an announcement soon [Wayne’s response]

For those who don’t remember, the Cisco 360 training program is Cisco’s new, official CCIE (Routing and Switching (so far)) program.  It’s basically a rebranded version of NMC’s training program (with some added bells and whistles).  The biggest downside is that the training is very expensive and you must be a Cisco Learning Partner (Arden Packeer has a great explanation here).  Wayne Lawson seemed pretty underwhelmed by the whole deal in this post.  Does this recent announcement mean that IPexpert is joining the 360 training program?  More importantly, what will this mean for their current curiculum and customers?

Looking closely at the Twitter account you’ll see that it’s “IPexpert Training”.  The URL associated with that account also points to a new site (  Maybe this is IPexpert’s promised IPexpert University (focusing on non-CCIE training) and by “spinning off” this business segment they can maintain their current CCIE material as well as sell the Cisco 360 training through the new company?  This is pure speculation on my part.  I guess we’ll just need to wait for the upcoming announcement.

If IPexpert(Training) can “do both” then I’m not concerned about the move.  I would just hate to see their existing training get deep-sixed in the process.


  1. Thanks for your interest in our upcoming initiatives. We have some big things in store for 2009.

    Our customers — including CCIE R&S candidates — will be well-served by our current and future training options offered by IPexpert and its partners.

    Have a great weekend. 🙂

    Comment by Matt Brooks — January 16, 2009 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  2. So whatever happened to this? There were lots of announcemens about the IPexpert UNiversity and their becoming a training partner, the nothing! Not much different than when new workbooks are released, but very irritating to the folks who were looking forward to it!

    Cisco 360 Training? not there. Juniper training? not there. The myriad of other things listed in the newsletter? not there. And the web site just says enter your e-mail for info! Yet no info.

    I understand delays happen. keep people informed.


    Comment by Thad Ross — February 4, 2009 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  3. […] Thankfully, this announcement will not affect the current CCIE training that IPexpert offers.  They have also announced that they will NOT be offering the Cisco 360 CCIE training program – an idea that they seemed to be considering earlier. […]

    Pingback by IPexpert: New Training Company Formed - NOT Offering Cisco 360 Training « CCIE Pursuit Blog — February 5, 2009 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

  4. The Production team at 360training has been superb in the past, full of bright, talented people with a passion for doing their jobs well. However, regardless of all of their best efforts, the e-learning courses coming out of 360training remain a very poor product due to management’s incompetence and emphasis on fast, cheap products. No Director of Production or Project Manager who has tried to make long-lasting changes that would bring the company up to competitive par has lasted long enough to make a difference.

    The product problems directly relate to the executive management team, a group of people who were lucky enough to force themselves into a new market years ago and haven’t made strides forward since. The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and everyone thinks that they can fix things by taking control and changing everything (which happens every other month). Management doesn’t listen or even ask before making sweeping changes to process and doesn’t allow the leaders and managers on the teams to execute their responsibilities effectively.

    Being employed at 360training (in my case, in Production) is a very stressful, unrewarding experience. Performing well only results in more work and the constant threat of upper management getting involved makes all projects subject to ruin. Quality people are let go because they won’t take dishonest, unethical actions, and those that excel are those who will do whatever they are told and not bother to fix the glaring problems in the company’s model. Don’t get fooled by management’s ability to spout buzz words and corporate philosophy — none of it actually gets put into action.

    The bottom line is that this is a dangerous place for consumers and employees. Although I’ve met some amazing people there, the main thing we now have in common is being 360 Survivors! If you get a job offer from 360, stay away unless you enjoy chaos and a lack of fulfillment!

    Comment by — February 16, 2009 @ 2:47 am | Reply

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