Hello Ben and other Experts,
I am a bit concerned at the availability of voice lab seats since the introduction of the 90 day payment policy.
This policy was put into effect to, and I quote âallow lab seats to be open in a timely manner and create more desirable time frameâ
I don't know if this affects all CCIE tracks, but for voice it seems to have done the exact opposite of what it was intended to do. Maybe 90 days is a bit too much, couldn't it be 45 days or even 60? It is my opinion that candidates may be holding on to dates and taking their chances whether or not they feel they are ready, for fear of not being able to get another date for 4 - 5 months. Before the new policy, seats where always available, but now the next available date is April 2009
I have been preparing for the lab for over a year now, spent countless hours studying and practicing, time away from Family and Friends and while I am confident, one never knows what will happen come lab day. I am sure other candidates are experiencing similar situations / emotions and it would be a, tremendous, disappointment if you do not pass and you do not have an opportunity to try again soon after the 30 days wait period. I am sure Cisco will lose valuable CCIE candidates, if the opportunity is not there to find seats in a timely manner.
Hopefully Ben or someone from the CCIE program can share some information, to let us know that Cisco is aware of this issue and something is being done to create better availability of seats.