Cisco Systems primarily provide CCIE Certification Training to five different levels on the basis of increasing expertise: Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, and Architect. Among these levels, Expert level Certification, well known as CCIE Certification Training is considered to be the toughest. The company claims that only 3% of the Cisco professionals and only 1% of the total networking professionals are able to pass the CCIE Certification Examination.
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Certification is said to have no formal prerequisites in order to appear in the examination. But the candidate thinking of appearing in the examination is required to have very vigorous knowledge about networking; especially those which has been specified by Cisco Systems in the blueprint of the examination. Training is very much needed to be taken by the candidate as the random probability of passing the exam is very less in number. CCIE Certification Training for the exams is available including boot-camps for lab training and workbooks for theory examination. Cisco Systems recommends the candidates to have job experience of three to five years before appearing in the exams as the examination tests all the practical utilization of their knowledge related to networking.
There are eight different tracks in the CCIE Certification examinations which are security, data center, service routing, and switching, voice, wireless, service provider and service provider options. According to the terms and conditions of CCIE Certification Training, any candidate can give exams in one or multiple among the above eight tracks. After the successful completion of the written and lab examination, the candidate will be called an Expert in the track of which he is appearing the examination.
Tests will be done in two parts; one is the written part and the other is the lab part. Different multiple-choice and structural questions will test the knowledge of the candidate in the written exams. The skills of the candidate are tested through laboratory testing. A candidate passing in both the exams will be considered worthy of the CCIE Certification Training. This will title him as an expert in the field he has passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert exams.
In addition, Cisco Systems have been taking exams for CCNA Certification. A CCNA is an Associate level certification which makes sure that any successful candidate knows how to correctly install, configure, operate and solve problems in the network. The CCNA examination also consists of further tracks among which one of them is CCNA Voice. Cisco Certified Network Associate Voice validates knowledge as well as the skills of a person to administer a voice network specializing him/her to fulfill the tasks of voice engineering, voice managing, administering voice calls and so on. Further skills that an Associate in voice masters are called control, voicemail solutions, IP telephony, and handset solutions.