CCIE Version 5 Update

UPDATE 4/12/13 – this is now official – see Once I’ve had a chance to digest the changes, I’ll post some thoughts.

An update to the CCIE Routing and Switching blueprint has been strongly rumoured over the last year, but with no official confirmation. The Cisco Live Milan program schedule has been published, and it includes this session on January 28, 2014: “CCIE Routing & Switching version 5“, presented by Bruno van de Werve, the CCIE R&S Exam Product Manager. This session:

…introduces the new curriculum of the CCIE Routing and Switching Program and highlights the changes to both the training and the exams (written and lab). The main objective of this session is to provide candidates with clear expectations of what to expect with the new training and exams.

So now we know that it’s coming, and soon. We don’t know the exact date, and we don’t know exactly what will be included, but INE seems to think they’ve got a pretty good idea. Key points from their post:

100% Virtual Environment, so no reliance on specific hardware

…Frame-Relay Removed….so the lesser used features like Zone-Based Firewall, WCCP, IPv6 multicast, and PfR could be removed….

A few of the topics we should see added are IPSec, DMVPN and Embedded Packet Capture

Other features they think will be removed are L2 features not supported in virtual environments, such as QinQ, ISL trunks, DHCP Snooping, Private VLANs, SPAN/RSPAN/ERSPAN.

Others like Marko Milivojevic, an instructor at IPExpert, are more cautious, reminding us to wait for the official announcement:

I’m inclined to agree with Marko here. If you are near the end of your studies, then by all means book a lab. But if you’re early on in your studies, don’t get too stressed. Keep working hard at the core subjects that you know will still be in the blueprint, and wait for the official announcement. When it comes, review the changes and identify any specific areas you need extra attention on. Don’t worry about which version you pass on – Cisco will be aiming for a similar pass rate, so it should be a similar difficulty level. The only people who need to worry are the cheaters, and that’s a good thing. There will be some new technologies to learn, but there will also be some you don’t have to learn any more. Swings and roundabouts. Plus hey – there’s never any trouble booking lab seats for the new version!

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10 Responses to CCIE Version 5 Update

  1. Mohit Kumar November 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi.! I have passed CCIE written in OCTOBER 2013, and now i have to join lab classes in End of November or December. As cisco policy is that they give at least 6 months to pass the exam after declaring NEW exam pattern . So should I continue to study V4 Lab and to attempt exam around MARCH 2013 ??

    • Lindsay Hill November 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      It depends: How far along the journey are you?

      You need to work out where you’re at with your studies, and how far off passing you are. If you are well into your lab studies, and you feel it’s realistic to cover the remaining topics in the next 4 months, then go for v4.

      But if you’ve only been studying for your written so far, without any serious lab studies, then it will be pretty tough to get ready for the v4 lab.

      • Mohit Kumar November 5, 2013 at 7:27 am #

        Thanks !!

        I am almost done with theory study n bit of Lab study also. Now i want to start labs within 15-20 days before reading some Core topics and then appear in lab around March-April 2014.

  2. Yasir Zeshan November 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Hi i passed my CCIE v4 written its valid for 18 months in between if CCIE v5 announced do i have to pass the written exam again or its valid for CCIE v5 lab ??

    • Lindsay Hill November 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      Usually you can use either the v4 or the v5 written exam to book the lab, as long as it is within 18 months.

      • Yasir Zeshan November 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

        no matter when v5 announced ? i have 18 months am i right ?

        • Lindsay Hill November 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm #


          • Yasir Zeshan November 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm #


  3. edenrivera February 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    I thought I have to take another written exam when v5 will be announced. I just passed the v4 last 2013. Thanks for the info. By the way, I hope this would be helpful for those who are still studying, I have found a website which can really help you alot.

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