Best Training for CCIE?

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Sep 27th, 2007

I'm looking for the best training facility to get ready to take the exam. Could Someone tell me your experiences? Who do you consider the best? Retake policy?

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swmorris Mon, 10/08/2007 - 15:16

Each of the vendors does things a little differently. You may want to pursue the answer on other forums like www.groupstudy.com's CCIELab mailing list where you'll find more people actively preparing for just the CCIE Lab.

I do training for IPexpert though, and would be happy to answer any specific questions you have. I'll hesitate to say anything about being the greatest around 'cause that's obviously a personal opinion!

Out of all the CCIE trainers though, the ones who have been around the longest are myself, Bruce Caslow (NetMasterClass) and Brian Dennis (Internetwork Expert).

I think everyone has a retake policy in classes if you fail the lab. I know we do, and just assume others do as well.

If you have anything specific, feel free to unicast me!

Scott

smorris@ipexpert.com

ellis_b Tue, 10/09/2007 - 21:27

Which CCIE are you going for? R&S, voice, sec, etc? Where are you located? Have you passed your written exam yet? There are quite a few training options. I would make sure that you follow a structured approach. That will make your life (and your use of time) much easier.

thanks,

Brad Ellis

CCIE#5796 (R&S / Security)

CCSI# 30482

CEO / President

CCBOOTCAMP - A Cisco Sponsored Organization (SO)

Email: brad@ccbootcamp.com

Toll Free: 877-654-2243

Direct: +1-702-968-5100 = Outside the USA

FAX: +1-702-446-8012

YES! We take Cisco Learning Credits!

Training And Remote Racks: http://www.ccbootcamp.com

Routing and Switching Forums: http://www.routerie.com

Security Forums: http://www.securityie.com

Voice Forums: http://www.voiceie.com

cobbc Wed, 10/10/2007 - 06:05

Actually, I've talked to ccbootcamp and you guys seem to be the best so far but also on the pricey side. If you guys had a bootcamp in Atlanta (where I'm staying), I'd come but you only have the advanced classes in Atlanta in 2008. I haven't passed the written yet but I'm going to SOON before v3 comes out by the end of this month. Oh yes, I'm going for the R&S.

derawat28 Sun, 10/21/2007 - 23:15

Hi Ellis b,

I am also new and started my prepairation for the written exam, I believe I may pass the written exam but having no idea about the LAB envirnoment. I appreciate if anyone can giude me and also how long te duration of tranning for the CCIE lab in routing and switching.

Thanks,

Regards,

Deven

swmorris Mon, 10/22/2007 - 06:31

Everybody's training path is different. By that, I mean that while vendors have certain products (self-paces, bootcamps, etc.) that simply reflects the offerings, not how long it would take every single person to pass the lab exam.

Cisco's recommendation is a year of studying. That, of course, can be compressed in many ways. It depends on how much experience you already have (if you really are an expert already, it may be weeks of preparation).

It also depends on how much free time you have to use for lab preparation. If your job is very demanding and allows you no free time, then it may take you significantly longer to study things that you don't typically do every day.

NLI (who Brad works for) or IPexpert (who I work for) have similar offerings to get things started. The self-paced workbooks allow you to have access to lab materials (and answers) which you can practice either on your own equipment or on rented rack time.

Work on those until you feel comfortable with the scenarios (your own pace). As your preparation level increases, look at bootcamps. Each of us has more than one bootcamp level to give more exposure to the topics and technologies and to give that "last little bit" of help before the lab exam.

But how much you get out of anyone's bootcamp will depend on how much practice you have put in to begin with (and how much you retain). So that's why I say that everyone's path is different.

While we offer two+ weeks of bootcamp training, if you don't have experience to begin with, it is impossible to look at that and say "In two weeks I can pass the CCIE lab".

HTH,

Scott

smorris@ipexpert.com

ellis_b Mon, 10/22/2007 - 07:30

Deven,

Hi! You should plan on spending at least 6 months, if not longer in preparing for your lab exam. Please feel free to download and view our strategy to study for the lab exam for R&S:

http://www.ccbootcamp.com/collateral/ccbootcamp-rs-approach-method.pdf

This should definitely help you with "planning your attack" in preparing for the lab exam.

Like scott said, there are many different ways to prepare for the exam. This just happens to be my approach, and I believe it works well. :)

Good luck in preparing for your lab exam. If you have any questions, feel free to email me as well.

thanks,

Brad Ellis

CCIE#5796 (R&S / Security)

CCSI# 30482

CEO / President

CCBOOTCAMP - A Cisco Sponsored Organization (SO)

Email: brad@ccbootcamp.com

Toll Free: 877-654-2243

Direct: +1-702-968-5100 = Outside the USA

FAX: +1-702-446-8012

YES! We take Cisco Learning Credits!

Training And Remote Racks: http://www.ccbootcamp.com

Routing and Switching Forums: http://www.routerie.com

Security Forums: http://www.securityie.com

Voice Forums: http://www.voiceie.com

Deven,

Hi! You should plan on spending at least 6 months, if not longer in preparing for your lab exam. Please feel free to download and view our strategy to study for the lab exam for R&S:

http://www.ccbootcamp.com/collateral/ccbootcamp-rs-approach-method.pdf

This should definitely help you with "planning your attack" in preparing for the lab exam.

Like scott said, there are many different ways to prepare for the exam. This just happens to be my approach, and I believe it works well. :)

Good luck in preparing for your lab exam. If you have any questions, feel free to email me as well.

thanks,

Brad Ellis

CCIE#5796 (R&S / Security)

CCSI# 30482

CEO / President

CCBOOTCAMP - A Cisco Sponsored Organization (SO)

Email: brad@ccbootcamp.com

Toll Free: 877-654-2243

Direct: +1-702-968-5100 = Outside the USA

FAX: +1-702-446-8012

YES! We take Cisco Learning Credits!

Training And Remote Racks: http://www.ccbootcamp.com

Routing and Switching Forums: http://www.routerie.com

Security Forums: http://www.securityie.com

Voice Forums: http://www.voiceie.com

derawat28 Mon, 10/22/2007 - 18:51

Hi Brad,

Thanks a lot for your kind suggestion, I will be in touch with you time to time.

Thanks,

Regards,

Deven

derawat28 Sun, 10/21/2007 - 23:15

Hi Ellis b,

I am also new and started my prepairation for the written exam, I believe I may pass the written exam but having no idea about the LAB envirnoment. I appreciate if anyone can giude me and also how long te duration of tranning for the CCIE lab in routing and switching.

Thanks,

Regards,

Deven

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