CCNA for CCNP but nothing for CCIE?

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Mar 27th, 2008

This has probably been answered before but I cant find it..Why do cisco state CCNA as a pre req for CCNP yet to obtain a CCIE you dont need CCNA or CCNP?

I have this problem too.
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srue Thu, 03/27/2008 - 06:03

Historical reasons. the CCIE existed before the CCNA/CCNP or any of their other certs. The CCIE is also maintained by a totally seperate group from within Cisco. Most people will do the CCNA/CCNP on their way to the CCIE anyway both as a learning experience and as a way to gauge their training.

Also, note that obtaining the CCIE doesn't automagically grant you a CCNA/CCNP (as has been asked before).

You might be able to find more specific reasons if you post this in the Ask the Expert R/S thread in this same forum.

RAPHAEL KRUCZKOWSKI Thu, 03/27/2008 - 13:02

Reason is that the CCIE is administered by Cisco itself. All the other exams, including the CCIE Written (use to be called the Drake test) are administered by a company that has the Cisco name in it. Just like Cisco Press is another company all together.


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