Cisco CCIE Certification has for over ten years been recognised as identifying internetworking professionals with the highest level of expertise, capable of tackling the most challenging assignments, with less than 3% of Cisco Certified professionals become CCIEs.
There are currently five tracks within the CCIE certification level:
CCIE Routing and Switching Training
CCIE certification in Routing and Switching indicates expert level knowledge of networking across various LAN and WAN interfaces, and a variety of routers and switches. Experts in R&S solve complex connectivity problems and apply technology solutions to increase bandwidth, improve response times, maximize performance, improve security, and support global applications. Candidates should be able to install, configure, and maintain LAN, WAN, and dial access services.
CCIE Security Training
CCIE certification in Security indicates expert level knowledge of IP and IP routing as well as specific security protocols and components.
CCIE Voice Training
CCIE certification in Voice indicates expert level knowledge of VoIP solutions in the enterprise. Candidates should be able to install, configure and maintain Voice solutions over IP networks. The CCIE Voice track, however, does not certify an understanding of the infrastructure over which VoIP solutions are implemented. This contrasts with the CCIE Service Provider-IP Telephony track which certifies an individual as a core IP expert with a high degree of VoIP literacy.
CCIE Service Provider Training
CCIE Service Provider certification indicates expert level knowledge and skill in the fundamentals of IP and core IP technologies such as unicast IP routing, QoS, multicast, MPLS, MPLS VPNs, traffic engineering, and multi-protocol BGP, as well as specialized knowledge in at least one of the networking areas specific to service providers. These areas include Dial, DSL, Cable, Optical, WAN Switching, IP Telephony, Content Networking, and Metro Ethernet.
CCIE Storage Training
CCIE certification in Storage Networking indicates expert level knowledge of intelligent storage solutions over extended network infrastructure using multiple transport options such as Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCIP and FICON. Storage Networking extensions allow companies to improve disaster recovery, optimize performance and take advantage of network services such as volume management, data replication, and enhanced integration with blade servers and storage appliances.
To obtain your CCIE, you must first pass a written qualification exam and then a corresponding hands-on lab exam.