I received the following email today:
Dear Anonymous Blogger Jerk,
As you know, the CCIE Assessor Lab has been retired. As someone who has used or expressed interest in the Lab, we want to make you aware of a new program to replace the CCIE Assessor Lab. The CCIE Assessor was the first product of its kind to provide candidates with an experience similar to the actual CCIE lab exam. Our recently introduced Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Routing and Switching now offers a complete experience in gaining expert level knowledge and preparing for the rigorous CCIE certification exams including classes, assessment labs and mentoring.
If you have not yet achieved your CCIE certification, you can use the Cisco 360 Learning Program to differentiate your skills and take your career to the next level with the only authorized Cisco expert training. The program is available individually or in value-priced bundles, Essentials, Preferred or Premium packages. Currently, 90% of students completing the Cisco 360 Learning Program successfully pass their R&S lab exam and achieve CCIE certification on their first try!
The Cisco 360 Learning Program is a comprehensive, blended learning program designed to accelerate expert-level competency. In as little as six months to one year, you will elevate your command of technical topics and develop the skills necessary to tackle the types of expert-level configuration and troubleshooting challenges that appear in real-life networks and in the recently updated CCIE lab exam. You can also purchase the program by individual components that can benefit someone with your familiarity of the CCIE materials and examinations.
If you are interested in learning more contact your local Cisco 360 Learning Partner and schedule a free demo of the Cisco 360 Learning Program.
The following resources are available for more information:
Cisco 360 Learning Program website
Locate a Cisco Learning Partner
Training Component Details
Best of luck on your networking career,
Actually, I did not know that the CCIE Assessor Lab had been retired. I used this product before my first attempt. For $399.00 you received two mock labs. Since this was Cisco’s official mock lab offering, I decided that it was a good investment of $400. The labs were obviously getting long in the tooth even then as the first lab only used two switches. While spendy, it was nice to get a look at the Cisco question verbiage and topology.
The death of the CCIE Assessor is part of the push to make the 360 program the single, official Cisco offering for CCIE training. There was recently an announcement about the unbundling of the 360 program(something I’ll blog about later). I think that it’s funny that the email bascially tells you that the 360 program – which can run into 5 figures – is the logical replacement for the CCIE Assessor Lab. If there is an unbundled 360 mock lab product, then it would have made sense to point out that product. 🙂
Kind of a side rant: The 90% pass on first attempt statistic is compelling, but what are the raw numbers? 90% of x? If x is a low number (say 10) then that impressive percentage means less. I would also think that given the high cost for the 360 program, that companies – and I have to believe that few individuals are footing this cost – that are willing to invest that type of cash into training are spending it on highly qualified engineers(there was a recent GroupStudy posting that showed evidence that this was the case). BUT…as always, I could be wrong and the 360 may be the ultimate CCIE training program. Maybe I’m just hating cuz I can’t afford it. 🙂