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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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7 Responses to “Cisco launches first-ever authorized CCIE training program from Networkworld”

  1. Ivan Pepelnjak on October 15th, 2008 2:39 pm

    The “diverse level of quality” is a lame reason in my opinion. As we all know, the official Cisco training courses delivered by Cisco-authorized training partners have “diverse level of quality” … and the market mechanisms should be used to sort out the good ones from the cheap (and useless) ones.

    On the other hand, competition is always good (and Cisco’s move into this area is most welcome), but they could respect us a bit and use some real arguments (if they feel the need they have to justify themselves).

  2. CCIE Journey on October 15th, 2008 2:51 pm

    That is what threw me, why not just come out and say “We wanted to get our own official material out in the field as an option for people to use?” I don’t think the diverse comment is really necessarily to drum up hype for their own branded material…

  3. Joe A on October 16th, 2008 10:06 am

    Well it is a nice option I guess, but as for me I’m not racking in enough to buy a 5-10k training program haha…unless work paid for it

  4. Caue Wailemann on October 20th, 2008 7:18 pm

    Hmmm… have you noticed that NetMasterClass (www.netmasterclass.com) removed all their product prices!?

    In the past I´ve heard something about a partnership between Cisco and NMC, but found that it was just a joke/hoax!

    Maybe… who knows!


  5. CCIE Journey on October 20th, 2008 7:52 pm

    The 360 program is there on the site, you kind of have to dig for it right now a little. I am still interested on how this is all going to play out price wise 🙂

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