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Jan 30 2008   8:16PM GMT

What is the CCDE?

David Davis David Davis Profile: David Davis

Cisco released a new certification offering called the CCDE. What is the CCDE? Let’s find out!

The CCDE is the new Cisco Certified Design Expert and it is the pinnacle of design and networking architecture of Cisco technologies and it is equivalent to the Cisco CCIE. It had been rumored, in the past, that there would be a new “CCIE Design”, just as there is a CCIE Routing/Switch & CCIE Security. However, instead of doing that, Cisco has released a newly-named certification – the CCDE.

Cisco CCDELike the CCIE, the CCDE is a two-step certification where you, first, pass the CCDE written (computerized) exam (number 352-001) and, second, pass a hands-on / practical / lab exam taken at a Cisco office. The written exam can be taken immediately at your local Pearson VUE testing center but the hands-on exam won’t be ready until later in 2008. That hands-on exam will be an 8 hour, scenario-based exam, focused on the design of large networks.

While the CCDA and CCDP are both Cisco lower level Cisco design certifications, neither of these are required to be achieved before attempting the CCDE.

Personally, I am excited to take the CCDE exam and pursue a new certification. I hope you will consider the CCDE as well!

-David
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  • Ccdebootcamp
    Dear fellow Cisco CCIE’s For a very long time our accreditation has been the highest certification level in Cisco Networking. Well, not any longer. Cisco released a CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert) certification, not too long ago. The structure is similar to the CCIE – you have a written exam to pass and then you do a “lab” exam afterwards. It is hands-off though. It is all about Design, product choice, strategy and planning. So far there is only a handful CCDE’s out there on the market and as you can guess already, those guys will be in highest demand in the years to come. Experts who do not implement and troubleshoot, but Experts who design multi million dollar networks for large corporations. Does that sound interesting? It certainly does to me as a CCIE! Now the good news is, that ProNetExpert is the only company in the world who can offer both a CCDE written training course AND a CCDE lab exam boot camp. We already have 2 fully CCDE certified instructors on board who are delivering our classes. We currently run the first CCDE written Bootcamp in Guildford (just outside of London) and we have our next CCDE written and CCDE lab Bootcamp lined up for November in London already. The classes are filling up quickly with CCDE candidates from all over the world and the CCDE lab Bootcamp in November is confirmed to run. In December there will be the next CCDE lab exam from Cisco, so the Bootcamp is ideally timed. Next Dates: CCDE written in London (5 days) 16.November – 20. November £1,995 GBP + VAT CCDE lab in London (10 days) 23 November – 04. Dexcember £4,495 GBP + VAT If you are interested in becoming a CCDE, visit our CCDE website at [A href="http://www.ccdebootcamp.co.uk"]www.ccdebootcamp.co.uk[/A] or contact sales-enquiry@pronetexpert.com Please feel free to pass this message on to any of your friends / colleagues who may also be interested. Best regards, Martin Voelk CCIE # 13708 ProNetExpert
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