CCIE Study Method

I’ve stumbled upon an article written by Petr Lapukhov, who is a 4xCCIE and a CCDE, while searching for CCIE study plans. It is a 3 days a week with 4 hours study time allotted each day and the duration is 48 weeks. Although this is for the old curriculum (version 4), the scheme I think is still applicable to the new curriculum since it will build upon and solidify your fundamental knowledge (very important!) before diving into the advance topics. For more details, below is the link to the blog.

How to pass the CCIE Routing and Switching

Included in the blog also is a link to Brian McGahan’s video about the overview and preparation for the CCIE exam. He recommended excellent tips and books for review. Below is the link.

CCIE Routing & Switching – Overview and Preparation

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant

CCIE Materials

Below are the materials that I will be personally using for my journey towards the CCIE certification.

INE Expanded Blueprint

I’ve decided to use this blueprint instead of the one provided by Cisco since this is more detailed and I feel that I can better track my progress with each specific topic. I have it in a Google spreadsheet so I can update it anytime and created separated tabs for each major topics. Each tabs contain a “rank” column which is my personal ranking based on my knowledge about a certain topic. Ranking is from 1 – 5 and below is the guideline for each rank.

1 Don’t know, new to me
2 Heard of it before, knows a little bit
3 Familiar with the topic
4 Can configure well
5 Can configure, troubleshoot and verify it

Here’s the link to my checklist.

Reading Materials

Books, eBooks, blog sites.

My only book currently is Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 2nd Edition and some on my list that I will be buying in the future, I still prefer the real book over eBooks (I am an old soul).

Training Videos:

I will be using INE and CBT Nuggets videos.

“Once you stop learning, you start dying” – Albert Einstein

CCIE Journey

I am currently in the process of preparing for my journey towards my CCIE certification and it’s been 3 years that I’ve been delaying this plan, but this year I’ve made up my mind that I am willing and going to pursue this highly coveted certification in the field of networking.

I did some research pertaining to different CCIE study plans and I will definitely come up with my own, something which will fit my busy schedule at work and training in running (including gym sessions), I will try to share it here once it is finished.

I’ve also mustered study materials used by those who already passed both the written and lab exam. I am also including blog sites, that I am currently reading, which contain valuable information helpful for us in the field of networking.

“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.” – Socrates