A CCIE Journey Pt. 2 - Suspended!
It was exactly 2 years ago when I received the illustrious email that I worked so hard for telling me that I was a CCIE. Now, 2 years later, I received another one from Cisco, telling me that my CCIE status is now suspended due to not taking the Written exam within 2 years.
The CCIE Re-certification process goes something like this. You have 2 years from the day you passed the Written and the Lab exam to retake the Written or Lab exam of the previously passed CCIE certification or in another track to recertify as an Active CCIE. Here is the trick, any qualifying exam extends your Active status for 2 years from the date it was supposed to expire, not the date you took the exam.
Let's explain it by comparing it to the CCNA and CCNP level re-certification process. If I take my CCNA on July 1st, 2017, then it is active for 3-years until July 1st, 2020. However, if I take any qualifying CCNA, CCNP, or CCIE exam and pass after that, my CCNA gets extended by 3-years from the date of the exam. So if I take another CCNA exam on September 1st, 2017, than my CCNA's new expiration date is now on September 1st, 2020.
But with the CCIE let's say again I get my CCIE on March 15th, 2015 (how about that!), then my expiration date is 2-years later on March 15th, 2017. Let's say I now take and pass a qualifying CCIE Written exam on July 1st, 2015. Well, then my new expiration date is now March 15th, 2019 because it extends my 2-year period from the date of the expiration, not from the date of the current passed exam.
Yeah, CCIE is weird like that, however it works out in the CCIE favor! If you don't pass the exam within 2-years, then you fall into a 1-year suspension period (I'm living proof this is the case), and then if you still do not pass a qualifying exam within the 1-year extension period (3-years total from original CCIE active status) then you have to do the whole Written and Lab process from scratch!
So what happened? I simply did not have enough time to sit down and study the new CCIE 5.1 Written topics. See, I took the CCIE Written 4.0 exam and this new written lab has a lot of new topics. I just do not have the time currently to dedicate to studying. So what did I do? Well, oddly enough I purchased a single 50-hour CCNP TSHOOT Cisco Learning Labs package, and then took the CCNP TSHOOT exam in order to renew all my CCNP and CCNA level certs.
So that is that (so to speak). I hope to have the time to study and recertify by this time next year or it will be a different kind of Blog entry come March 2018!