World's first CCIE recertifies

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Terry Slattery
Terry Slattery who earned the world's first CCIE on August 3rd 1993, Number 1026 Routing and Switching, recertified earlier this month by passing the written (350-001). Terry's CCIE Number had been under suspended status and his personal challenge, like many other long-term CCIEs, is that his current job is far removed from daily operations, which is what the CCIE test measures. Terry had not kept up with several of the newer technologies, so he had a fair amount of studying to do.

To prepare, Terry used TestiT, a written testing system created by NetMasterClass. Their written test questions focused Terry on the areas of technology that he needed to study. Terry didn't take the approach of studying to the test - he took the approach of learning the technology that was covered by the questions. When Terry encountered a question that he answered incorrectly, he read their solution summmary and used their reference links to read up on the technology:
That approach obviously worked, since Terry passed the recertification written test Monday, May 5th 2008. Terry highly recommends NetMasterClass's written testing tools to help you focus on the technology you need to know. And he believes they are great folks since they've been teaching CCIE prep classes for many years, going back to the days when Chesapeake was a Cisco training partner (Terry was a cofounder of Chesapeake). The CertGUARD CertSearch Tool has classified over 1,800 certification websites to help you determine which sites are braindumps and which are safe to use. CertGUARD ranks Terry's CCIE written testing system recommendation created by as SAFE: is ranked as SAFE by CertGuard
View the history of the very first CCIE.

Are YOU a CCIE whose current job is far removed from daily operations, if so, how did YOU study to earn your CCIE recertification?

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