CCIE Pursuit Blog

Running Total Of CCIE Co$ts

Item Category Cost
Cisco QOS Exam Certification Guide, 2nd Edition Books $57
QoS Exam (642-642 QOS)* Exams $125
Routing TCP/IP, Volume I (2nd Edition) Books $68
Routing TCP/IP, Volume II Books $68
Bradshaw Rack Rental Rack Rentals $50
Internetwork Expert’s R&S Advanced Technologies Labs Workbooks $95
Octal Cable Home Lab $25
RJ-45 Adapters Home Lab $10
Internet Routing Architectures, 2nd Edition Books $25
Cisco 2511 Router Home Lab $133
CCIE4U Rack Rental Rack Rentals $24
CC Bootcamp EIGRP Focused e-Book Workbooks $15
CCIE Rack Rack Rental Rack Rentals $35
CC Bootcamp Redistribution Focused e-Book Workbooks $40
NetLab Rack Rental Rack Rentals $30
Internetwork Expert’s Advanced Tech Class and Workbook*   Workbooks/Training $1,395
Rack Time Rentals Rack Rentals $45
CCOnlineLabs Rack Rentals $20
Internetwork Expert Rack Rental Rack Rentals $71
4 x Internetwork Expert Graded Mock Labs Mock Labs $396
Internetwork Expert Mock Lab Workshop* Mock Labs $3,495
CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam* Exams $315
Total (13 March, 2008) $6,537.00

*Cost reimbursed by my employer.


  1. Hi,

    How was the Netlabs rack to use? I am using Internetwork Expert labs and wanted to maybe give them a try…


    Comment by Scott West — June 26, 2007 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  2. Netlabs is very good in that they have good equipment and are running 12.4 code on all routers. Their setup is EXACTLY (down to the interface numbers) the same as the Internetwork Expert lab setup. Their online booking software is good (worked 2 times out of 3 for me). Their prices will increase from $10 to $12 (per 4 hour session) in July.

    The only downside is that they give you a login but don’t seem to filter your acccess by time. I messed up and was logging in to my session an hour earlier than I was supposed to (I messed up the conversion because I did not take Daylight Saving Time into effect) and only found out that this was happening the third time that it happened. They have a JavaScript script running on their site that shows when the sessions start, but it doesn’t seem to be working too often. I also had other users logging in during my session and power-cycling the devices. Needless to say, this can completely mess you up in the middle of a lab.

    Bottom line: if they fixed the access and tightened up their booking software, they would be an excellent lab rental. With their prices so low and their equipment so good, they’re still worth checking out.

    Comment by cciepursuit — June 26, 2007 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

  3. You did not indicate how much the actual ccie cost. I would like to know.

    Comment by Kwame f — January 3, 2009 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  4. how about flight cost, accomodation and exam lab cost ?



    Comment by Tedhi A — April 1, 2009 @ 3:43 am | Reply

  5. did you use any other books from the suggested reading list or did you need not purchase them for some reason?

    Comment by shedrickc — June 23, 2009 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

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