There is no REAL CCIE shortcut
I just wanted to put up a post
for the CCIE curious.
Last spring I returned from a
nightmare trip to an IT training facility in India. It was recommended to me by
a friend who I trusted. (Not any more) The VERY VERY short version of this story is that
these facilities are poorly equipped and the training is incredibly poor. (I am
being polite, but imagine the worst training you have ever had and it’s below
Unfortunately, I have another
horror story from another close friend about a different facility with a
different company. His experiences are identical to my own.
The low cost and short time
frame may seem attractive but it is a false economy. The only thing the tutors and students talked about was passing exams using dumps. They even had a copy of
the CCIE lab exams which they were giving out freely! I was horrified at the state
of the accommodation as well.
I am very proud to say I
returned home after 4 days of a month (2 weeks tutoring 2 weeks dumps, which is different from what they put on there website) of so called CCIE training. I could not believe how
proudly these people were promoting cheating.
I am not studying the CCIE for
a pay raise; I am studying to become a better engineer to completely understand
my profession and to be respected amongst my peers. I hate the fact people are
only sitting a poor 2 week course and then memorising a string of commands for 2 weeks.
Hopefully these people will be found out when it comes to the interview stage,
but it will probably be unlikely. It wouldnt be until the probation period is
over that managers will finally catch on. People like these are driving down
the respect and demand of the CCIE.
I was naive then, but after 6 months of reading 5 different text
books cover-to-cover to solidify my technical understanding, I am ready to
begin going through the VODs and Labs. I have followed Petr's guides and
created a study guide of my own. I now hope to attempt the lab at the end of
the summer. A full 18 months after my trip to India.
There is no REAL shortcut to the CCIE. Only hard work and dedication will make you a true CCIE. If you meet anyone who has been to one of these Indian training facilities (or similar), got there qualification (or worse even recommends them) then please question them, hard! See if they start sweating under the pressure.
Good luck to everyone who is trying to get the CCIE the right way, aka THE HARD WAY.