What is CCIE Certification?
Cisco CCIE certification is the highest and the expert level certification by Cisco Systems and is offered in various technologies like Routing & Switching, Security, Data Center, Collaboration etc. Post completion of your CCIE certification you get your CCIE number which validates your skills of designing, implementing, configuring, troubleshooting and managing complex Cisco networks.
Key Differences between CCNP Certification and CCIE Certification
- LEVEL OF CERTIFICATION
CCNP: CCNP is a professional level of Cisco CCIE certification
CCIE: CCIE is the expert level and the final level certification. After this level, you become a CCIE Champ.
CCNP: For giving the CCNP certification exam, you must be Cisco CCNA certified.
CCIE: You need not to be CCNA and CCNP certified for giving CCIE examination. However, you must take CCNA and CCNP training before appearing for this certification. *
- EXAMINATION MODULE
CCNP: CCNP examination has multiple modules. Different tracks have a different number of modules, for example – CCNP R&S has 3 modules, CCNP Security has 4 modules and CCNP Collaboration has 5 modules
CCIE: Cisco CCIE certification has two examinations. First is CCIE written exam and the next is CCIE lab examination.
- LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE
CCNP: This certification introduces the candidate to the advance technologies in the field of Networking. As a CCNP certified expert, you will have in-depth knowledge of advanced networking concepts.
CCIE: This certification imparts expert level knowledge to the candidates. Post completion of your CCIE certification you will have in-depth knowledge of the Cisco networks.
- EXPECTED JOB ROLES
CCNP: Network Services Manager, Certified IT Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Administrator, Senior Network Engineer, Cisco Network Engineer, Network Systems Engineer, Network Support Specialist
CCIE: As a CCIE expert, you have a lot of opportunities available. As the job roles include all the job roles as CCNP certified professionals and in addition, you can work as Senior Network Engineer, Senior Network Administrator, IT manager and a lot more.
- COST OF CERTIFICATION
CCNP: Registration cost of CCNP examination is 300 USD per module. Training cost is excluded.
CCIE: Cost of CCIE certification is divided into two parts:
- CCIE written examination which costs around 400 USD.
- CCIE Lab examination which costs around 1600 USD. Training cost is excluded.
- EXPECTED SALARY RANGE
CCNP: The average salary for “NETWORK ENGINEER CCNP” ranges from approximately $88,448 per year for Network Engineer to $107,213 per year for Senior Network Engineer.
CCIE: For CCIE certified experts the starting salary is up to $149,790 per year.
*There are two ways to get Cisco CCIE First is taking the examination in three steps i.e. Give CCNA Exam followed by CCNP exam and then finally appear for CCIE exam. Second is to go for the Cisco CCNA, CCNP and CCIE training and directly appear for CCIE certification exam.
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