Achieving CCIE Service Provider certification proves your skills with complex service provider solutions. To earn CCIE Service Provider certification, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam that covers core service provider technologies, and a hands-on lab exam that covers service provider technologies through the entire network lifecycle, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.
Exams and recommended training
To earn CCIE Service Provider, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam and hands-on lab exam.
Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam
The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Service Provider Network Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of service provider infrastructure.
The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.
Step 2: Pass the lab exam
Last date to test: April 26, 2020
The CCIE Service Provider lab exam is an 8-hour hands-on exam, which requires a candidate to configure, optimize, diagnose, and troubleshoot a series of complex network scenarios for a given specification based on dual stack solutions (IPv4 and IPv6).
First date to test: April 27, 2020
This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex service provider networks, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Service Provider, but you should have a thorough understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.
CCIE candidates are recommended to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing service provider technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.
CCIE Service Provider certification is valid for three years.