Cisco releases dates for public CCIE Wireless exams

Cisco Tuesday officially announced the release of its Cisco CCIE Wireless certification, having completed

the beta test for the written exam last month. The written exam for the certification will go live Feb. 17 and the beta for the lab portion of the exam is scheduled for January, with April being the target date for the live lab exam, according to Cisco. The beta test for the written exam attracted more than 400 participants worldwide during the month-long beta period - the highest number for a CCIE beta exam, said Sanjay Mehta, Cisco product marketing manager for Wireless and Mobility.

For CCIE Routing & Switching, and CCIE Security, it's "usually hard to get 100 folks to take the exam," Mehta said. He attributed the high number for the wireless exam to interest from folks in the emerging markets, such as Brazil, India and China, where new wireless infrastructures are being built from the ground up.

Mehta also claims that the certification is the only one available at the expert level for wireless professionals. The certification is aimed at folks with three to five years job experience in wireless.

Cisco today made available the study material and guide for the certification, including the exam blueprint for both the written and lab tests. The exams test candidates' knowledge of protocol analysis, intrusion detection and prevention, performance, QoS analysis, and advanced WLAN design. The 8-hour lab exam will cost $1,400 to take and the 2-hour multiple-choice written test costs $350. Registration for the exams opens Feb. 17.

Cisco also updated its CCIE Voice lab exam to include enhanced troubleshooting and unified communication technologies, said Christine Yoshida, Cisco senior manager of Learning and Development. The new lab exam will be available in July 2009, and will feature Cisco Unified Communications Manager System Release 7.0, replacing the current exam's use of the 4.x platform.

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