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June 22, 2009

CCIE 3.0 Lab Seats Nearly Gone

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 3:59 pm
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The price I pay for procrastination.  I looked at the CCIE lab scheduler a couple of weeks ago and was surprised to see tons of open dates available before the new 4.0 lab kicks in on 18 October.  There were no dates outside of the 90 day “shit or get off the pot” cutoff, but plenty extending into September.

Today I checked again(I’ve been on a short family vacation for the last week) and there are very few remaining US dates left before the version change:

San Jose – 9 dates (latest is 14 July) and 20 seats left.
5 dates (latest is 10 July) and 16 seats left.

Great.  Now I have to decide whether or not I will take another shot at the 3.0 lab or wait until October and try the 4.0 lab.  I have the money available, but getting time off from work will be difficult.  If I take the 4.0 lab I will need to learn the new technologies as well as face the troubleshooting portion of the lab.  If I take the 3.0 lab I won’t have much free time to devote to getting “fight ready”.  At least if I fail it I will still have half of the summer to drown in my sorrows.  🙂



  1. Take the 4.0….otherwise everyone who does 4.0 will give you crap about doing the ‘easy’ CCIE and being out of date! My, so called, friends have been threatening me with such taunts if I take a leap into the next 3.0 seat. And anyway gotta admit the new blueprint looks awesome!

    Comment by lowjo — June 22, 2009 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

    • that hillarious, CCIE is CCIE, whether it’s 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, etc. Who cares, tell your friends to F off. They seem to have too much time on their hands.

      Comment by christian — June 23, 2009 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  2. Just keep on studying and checking frequently for an open spot! To my astonishment, there was one opening on 09/18/09 at either SJ or RTP, when I check last Saturday’s morning (around 12:05am). Best of luck!

    Comment by Dragons & Faeries — June 22, 2009 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  3. Its good to know they still have seats left. I have my lab coming in 28 days at RTP (July 20th). You look like your ready for it. I would go ahead and attempt the 3.0 since that it what you have been studying for..It makes since. At-least you kind of know what to expect on this blueprint. thats how I look at it 🙂 but do what you feel like you need to. How many attempts have your tried already?

    Comment by littlegreymen12 — June 22, 2009 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  4. hey dude

    I wouldnt worry about the 4.0 changes. Yes, there’s some extra technology to cover, but the addition of troubleshooting should be a breeze for those of us that do networking faults to a living :D. If you’ve got the time and money take a 3.0 shot, otherwise wait for 4.0.

    Comment by i eat ccnp's and for breakfast — June 23, 2009 @ 12:35 am | Reply

  5. take the 3.0 if you can….i agonized over the same and today is the beginning of my 90 day marathon to the lab……its not heroic to not do the 3.0, my friend delayed too much and is took the new security exam..not a very happy ending, we both know he’d have nailed the previous blueprint….you could use that time to prepare for another ccie, then taunt your friends with the two ccie’s…..

    Comment by jgitau — June 23, 2009 @ 6:09 am | Reply

  6. Do the 3.0 lab if there’s still seats, i booked and passed my 2nd attempt after hearing of the changes. Think of it as motivation to pass 🙂

    Comment by i got digits — June 27, 2009 @ 7:52 am | Reply

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