Cisco CCIE Collaboration

The CCIE Collaboration Certification Program is an expert-level certification that ensures you gain the knowledge and experience required for the integration and interoperation of collaboration solutions, the configuration and troubleshooting of complex networks and the challenges of video, mobility and presence as the foundation for workplace collaboration solutions. The goal is to enable successful deployment of adaptable collaboration systems that increase user productivity and provide a seamless user experience.

The CCIE Collaboration certification is for Collaboration Architects, Unified Communications Architects or Voice and Video Network Managers who are responsible for the design, implementation and troubleshooting of complex collaboration solutions.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam.

You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics on the exams and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.

CCIEs are required to recertify every two years.

To recertify you can:

  • Earn the required credits through the Cisco Continuing Education Program, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam OR CCIE Lab Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.

If you do not complete your recertification before the deadlines, your CCIE certification will be suspended and you and your employer will lose the benefits associated with your expert status. You then have one year to reinstate your CCIE status before you become inactive and must begin the certification process all over again.

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