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April 23, 2009

Rumored Changes To CCIE R&S Lab

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 12:07 pm
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As Networkers approaches the rumors about CCIE lab changes start popping up.  Cisco has a history of announcing changes to the various tracks at their annual convention and this year is no different.  IPexpert’s blog recently posted this:

I thought I’d post the stuff I’ve heard from a reliable source connected to the CCIE team and Cisco’s learning organization.

(*Note: None of this stuff has been confirmed or announced by Cisco – again, it’s just “buzz” right now, but I am pretty confident that it’s legitimate info.)

Supposedly – in early May – Cisco will be announcing a change to the CCIE R&S lab exam. This change will consist of the additions of MPLS and Layer 3 VPN. There will also be an extensive Troubleshooting portion added to the lab exam. These changes are expected to make up 30% of the lab – and be effective beginning in October 2009.

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As Wayne noted, this is all speculation at this point. BUT this does sound like an expected evolution of the CCIE R&S lab and the time-frame is consistent with past changes.  MPLS has been on the written exam for about 1.5 years now and it is pretty much a ‘must know’ topic in the field.  I welcome the addition of a troubleshooting section.  Hopefully Cisco will ditch the Core Knowledge questions at the same time.  🙂

Of course, if this is announced in May, you can expect a run on open lab dates as candidates will rush to get their lab scheduled before the changes are implemented.



  1. I wonder if by “Layer 3 VPN” they mean specifically L3 VPN over the MPLS WAN, similar to how many companies run their WAN these days.

    Comment by Joe A — April 23, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  2. the proctor during my attempt back in March confirmed MPLS will be in the next upcomming change, as to how extensive, he didn’t say.

    Comment by not a doctor — April 24, 2009 @ 5:11 am | Reply

  3. I too hope that the troubleshooting section will get rid of the core knowledge questions. Though I hope to get my digits before this anticipated change happens. I don’t really want to have to learn more topics at this point.

    I wonder what sort of MPLS stuff they would add to the R&S lab. It’s not like enterprise admins really need to configure label switching. I like how things are now. It’s good to know the mechanics of MPLS (learned for the written exam), but leave the config work for the SP track.

    Comment by Jeff Rensink — April 24, 2009 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

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