Home > CCIE Lab exam > Planing the CCIE training

Planing the CCIE training

I think that it is really important to make a good planing before getting started with the lab training. A good planing will help you to keep the rhythm along your journey. It is really important to know how to make breaks and to relax your brain. What I did before starting is to make a one year planing following INE´s instructor Petr Lapukhov training plan for the CCIE R&S V4.0. In order to make this plan I used MS Project. It gives an overview over the whole training which force your to meet your goals and keep the pace. For example if everything goes as planed I will take the lab in mid of december 2012. Of course there will always be some delay but I will try as much as I can to stick to the plan.

Furthermore I have made an excel document where I note all the hours I do as well which topics I cover every week.

I will dedicate between 15 and 20 hours to training per week which will give me between 800 and 1000 hours of training at the end. I have seen people passing the lab after 6 months of training which is quite amazing. But in my case I prefer to take time and be sure to master most of the topics really well before taking the lab. The CCIE training is a marathon and not race said Brian McGahan; one of the top certified instructor from INE and I think he is completely right. So in the end it does not depends on how fast you can run but on how long you can run keeping a good rhythm.

Right now I am going through the Layer 2 core topics (VLANs, VTP, STP) and I will start layer 3 core topics from next week (RIP,EIGRP,OSPF,BGP). My first Vol 2 lab is planned for the 17-03-2012; precision of MS project;-)

Thanks for reading and comments are more than welcome. It will be nice to know what is your strategy plan?


  1. July 7, 2012 at 10:56

    You are absolutely right, the training is not about speed but a good rhythm. Keep posting!

  2. Ritesh
    May 21, 2013 at 17:42

    Is it possible to share your study plan…I am also preparing for the CCIE & working on getting the plan right .

    • May 29, 2013 at 15:36

      Yes, actually I am making a new post that I will publish today or tomorrow regarding my study plan.


  3. December 31, 2013 at 17:10

    Thank you great work, I will be using it.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: