The first and most obvious reason to take the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam is that it is the first step toward obtaining the CCIE Routing and Switching certification. Also, you cannot schedule a CCIE lab exam until you pass the appropriate written exam. In short, if you want all the professional benefits of a CCIE Routing and Switching certification, you start by passing the written exam.
The benefits of getting a CCIE certification are varied, but here are just a few of the reasons:
■ Better career advancement/new job
■ Applies to certain minimum requirements for Cisco Channel Partners, making you more valuable to Channel Partners
■ Better movement through the problem-resolution process when calling the Cisco TAC
■ Credibility for consultants and customer engineers, including the use of the Cisco CCIE logo
The other big reason to take the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam is that it recertifies an individual's associate-, professional-, and expert-level Cisco certifications. In other words, passing any CCIE written exam recertifies that person's CCNA, CCNP, CCIP, CCSP, CCDP, and so on. (Recertification requirements do change, so please verify the requirements at Cisco.com.)
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