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April 1, 2009

Cisco To Discontinue CCIE Program by 2012

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 9:39 am
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If you’re accessing this post after April 1st: The following was an April Fools Day post and is NOT true.  Cisco is not discontinuing the CCIE program and the world (probably) will not end in 2012.  Good luck with your studies.

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I got this in my inbox this morning and I’m still reeling.  I’m confused and angered that Cisco would end the CCIE program, but a little relieved that I’ll be getting my life back:

Cisco Systems (CSCO) announced today that they are planning to end their expert level certification program, the CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert).  The CCIE has been the brass ring of networking certification since its inception over a decade ago.  The CCIE has the reputation of being one of the most difficult IT certifications to achieve, as well as one of the most highly coveted.  There are nearly 25,000 network professionals worldwide who currently hold the certification.  In recent years the CCIE has broadened from its roots as a routing exam to include various “tracks” in technologies such as voice, security, and storage networking.  With the lab portion of the certification priced at $1,400 (US) per attempt and the average number of attempt before passing at 4, the CCIE has been a cash cow for Cisco over the years. So why is Cisco putting the brakes on this successful program?

“We have become concerned about the exclusivity of the certification.” states Avril Erste, Director of Cisco Learning in San Jose, CA.  “The current number of CCIEs has increased to the point that the progam is no longer considered the Mount Everest of networking certifications.  There are nearly 25,000 CCIEs in the world today.  That number is too high.  We’ve tried to slow the growth of that number with recent additions to the test like the opened-ended questions, but the passing rate is still too high.”

Cisco has decided that they will phase out the CCIE in favor of the new CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert).  This certification rolled out last year and currently there are only three CCDEs in the world.  “The CCDE progam has the exclusivity that the CCIE program once had.  Many people wondered why we did not simply make the CCDE a separate CCIE track.  Well, the answer is that the CCDE was always meant to replace the CCIE, not to add to it.”

Starting in January of 2010, current CCIE certification holders will have two years to pass the CCDE exam.  “Current CCIEs will not need to pass the written qualifying exam for the CCDE.  They will be able to register for the CCDE Practical Exam by simply submitting their CCIE number.  That’s a savings of over $300 which is nothing to sneeze at in our current economy.”  As for those aspiring to become a CCIE?  According to Lomme Faux, “We will stop offering the CCIE written exam in July of this year.  The last day that the CCIE lab will be offered will be 23 December of this year.”

While Cisco understands that this will alienate a number of CCIEs – as well as CCIE candidates – the company believes that this is a move that must be made.  “It’s gotten to the point that any chucklehead with a few thousand hours to spare and the ability to cram insane amounts of networking knowledge into their skull can pass the CCIE.” states David Codsworth, Cisco’s newly appointed Certification Evangelist.  “We had to move quickly to ensure the value of the program.  We quickly determined that the best way to do this was to kill it off.  Sure this will piss off those CCIEs who tattooed their CCIE digits on their bodies, but we at Cisco have never stated that this gravy train would be running forever.  Plus with the Mayan calender predicting the end of the world in 2012, we’re doing most candidates a favor.  Why spend the last two years of your miserable existence chasing some fucking IT certification?  You nerds should use that time to get laid before the world ends.”

For more information on Cisco’s decision to end the CCIE program: Cisco CCIE Reformation Project.

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27 Comments »

  1. Nice one

    Comment by Barry — April 1, 2009 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  2. Nice!

    Comment by stretch — April 1, 2009 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  3. You should remove the last paragraph, it makes things too obvious. You might get some inspiration from packetlife.net 😉 Apart from that, it sounds like a documentary. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people would indeed think along these lines 😀

    Comment by Ivan Pepelnjak — April 1, 2009 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  4. OMFG I almost soiled myself !!

    Comment by galvezc — April 1, 2009 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  5. made me crazy !

    this is good …

    “We’ve tried to slow the growth of that number with recent additions to the test like the opened-ended questions, but the passing rate is still too high.”

    Comment by nix — April 1, 2009 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  6. This was effing hilarious. “avril erste” LOL!

    Epic

    Comment by Dana — April 1, 2009 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  7. Awesomely great and effective 🙂

    Comment by Steve — April 1, 2009 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  8. ARGH !! you got me pursuit!

    Comment by kevhat — April 1, 2009 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  9. Just a second before I hit the botton to sell my home lab, i click on the link in this post….you got me….. and now this ccie nightmare still on my dreams….good one 🙂

    Comment by sperantus — April 1, 2009 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  10. I hate you… For the first time in almost 1.5 years I felt relief, then snafu once more…

    Comment by cciejourney — April 1, 2009 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  11. That last para was a giveaway…though very well done overall, i almost believed it 🙂

    Comment by ccie2ccde — April 1, 2009 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  12. Very nice! 🙂

    Comment by Thad Ross — April 1, 2009 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  13. This is Hilarious!!!

    “It’s gotten to the point that any chucklehead with a few thousand hours to spare and the ability to cram insane amounts of networking knowledge into their skull can pass the CCIE.”

    LOL

    Comment by Realpro27 — April 1, 2009 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  14. Good one for April Fool’s Day:D

    Comment by WoW — April 1, 2009 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  15. Thanks for getting my BP high enough. Really well done.

    Comment by Vivek Mahajan — April 1, 2009 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  16. you win my vote for the best Cisco related news article of the day! Nicely done – we’ve been having fun with it all day.

    Comment by Fester — April 1, 2009 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  17. Ahh, if it were only true. ;0)

    Comment by skennedy — April 1, 2009 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  18. I realized pretty quick…but I am suspicious my nature. I hardly believe anything.

    Comment by Vern — April 1, 2009 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  19. You got me!

    Comment by LOL — April 1, 2009 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  20. As Vern stated, I’m suspicious by nature, but the name Lomme Faux gave it away for me. Great writing, though!

    Comment by Lorin — April 1, 2009 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  21. WTF…that was the initial reaction and finally,,,no tienen madre..

    Comment by Joe/Dan — April 1, 2009 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  22. Fu…..k you really got me on this one… I was wondering if I’ll have to study for something STUP… like Shitpoint. Very good one!!!!

    Comment by danigonz — April 1, 2009 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  23. I am giving my second attempt next month. Having spent all my savings on this f#$%# certification… my initial reaction was suicidal…

    Nice one though…

    Comment by Deydeep — April 1, 2009 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

  24. Hey that was probably the best post I have read this year… nice to see cisco bods can have a real sense of humor!

    Dinesh

    Comment by Dinesh — April 2, 2009 @ 3:48 am | Reply

  25. Frickin’ hilarious…you had me for a second!

    Comment by Carl Burkland — April 2, 2009 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  26. Good joke on April 1st

    Comment by Ovais — April 2, 2009 @ 8:47 am | Reply

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