It looks like Cisco has linked up with atleast one training partner to start offering official “Cisco” training for the CCIE Routing and Switching lab. The original wording used yesterday in the article stated that third party training companies material was not up to par at times. Which I found ironic since Cisco is teaming up with a third party training company to deliver the course material. Atleast that is the word that is flying around on Groupstudy. The courses start out at $5000 and can get up to $20,000. Which to me seems high when you have Internetwork Expert, Narbik, IP Expert and the others out there that deliver high value material at a fraction of that cost. Cisco’s take on that is they are training you to be an expert, not to just take a test. Either way this makes the CCIE training world a little bit more interesting today to say the least. Also competition is always good for the consumer as well. So in the end we all will probably benefit from this some way.

Cisco is unveiling new learning program for the, saying that third-party boot camps designed to prepare candidates for the exam are not always up to par.

“There was a very diverse level of quality” in the third-party exam preparation programs, said Cisco marketing director Fred Weiller.

CCIE had strictly been an assessment program to test people’s pre-existing knowledge. Now Cisco has decided to create its first-ever authorized CCIE training curriculum to help Cisco pros acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become an expert. The third-party courses often trained Cisco pros well enough to pass the exam, but not well enough to become true experts, Weiller said.

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