Originally published by me on LinkedIn in August of 2020.
A New Way to Recertify
FYI, this works to go from CCIE Emeritus back to Active*.
Sticker Shock"You're lying, man! I need 120 CE credits to re-certify and when I look at these courses, some of them cost $1500+ while only giving me half the credits I need!"
Yes, I get it some courses can be expensive (keep reading!), and it's cheaper to take one CCIE written exam IF you don't factor in things like the study time required to get up to speed and IF you pass it on the first try. Luckily, some people have taken the time to find some great values if you're out there CE bargain-hunting.
If you're not in a hurry, there are actually quite a few free courses that can earn you a few CE credits per completion. Sure, each one isn't worth a lot, but it helps fill in the gaps if you're looking to optimize your spend while completing your credit goal. Packet Pushers** wrote a great article about how to earn up to 50 CE credits for free! Sure, some of the courses are single-digit CE credits, but need I remind you that they're free? Spread them out throughout the year or binge them while you're home-bound.
Look, I don't have time to take 10 small courses even if they're free...
I hear you. We've all been there: There's a deadline to meet and the company NEEDS you to be re-certified ASAP. If you're ever in this situation, I found the best bang-for-the-buck to get 120+ CE credits in a short time is a single course that's worth 60+ credits ($800), some freebies (to fill in the gaps) as mentioned above, and the best $ value in CE credits:
Cisco DevNet Associate Fundamentals Course*** - it's a great course and if you act soon (not sure when the promo is going away), you can gain access to it for just $99! I know, I know - this sounds like an infomercial, but Cisco is running a "1 month access" special for $99 (half off) which means you'll have 30 days to start and finish the course. If you can clear your schedule, it's by far the cheapest way to get 48 CE credits AND learn some new skills. If you've been learning about software development and DevOps (you should be!), much of the course will be easy and/or a refresher.
- Do as many free** courses as you can, when you can. (up to 50 CE)
- Bang-for-the-buck: Cisco DevNet Associate Fundamentals ***. (48 CE)
- Pick any other $800 (or less?) course and expense it to your company, if allowed (varies, shoot for 60 CE)
- Re-certified when you pass 120 (was automatic for me)
* confirm with a Cisco Certification case if needed since there is text referring to "certain" Emeritus CCIEs that must take a lab exam to re-certify/re-activate