The following information is applicable to all CCIE Lab and Practical Exams.
Once you have passed the CCIE written exam, you are eligible to schedule your CCIE lab and practical exam. Passing scores on written exams are automatically downloaded from testing vendors, but may not appear immediately. We suggest you wait ten days after your written exam before attempting to schedule the lab.
You will need the following to schedule your lab exam:
Valid Cisco user account
Identification number you used to register for your written exam (in the U.S. and Canada the ID number is generally your Social Security or Social Insurance number. In other regions, the testing vendor assigns the number.)
Date of your passing written exam
Passing score on written exam
Note : To provide sites with expanded capabilities, labs with the "<Site>_m" appended have been added to the scheduler, and are not "Mobile" labs.
CCIE Lab and Practical Exam(s) are $1,600 USD per attempt, not including travel and lodging expenses. Costs may vary due to exchange rates and local taxes. You are responsible for any fees your financial institution may charge to complete the payment transaction.
Full payment for lab exams must be made 90 days before the exam date to hold your reservation. Exams for which payment is not received by the payment due date will be automatically dropped from the lab exam schedule. You can verify the payment due date on an exam you have scheduled by logging in and viewing your Certification Status. Click here to Pay for a Lab or Practical Exam Online. requires Login
Only one email notice is sent as a payment reminder
If your exam is dropped due to non-payment, you will need to reschedule your lab exam date.
You may book an exam for a date less than 90 days away, if you complete payment on the day you book the exam.
Credit card payments will be processed on the payment due date, exactly 90 days prior to the scheduled lab date, as will invoices for all payment types. No invoices will be generated before the lab exam due date.
The following table indicates the payment options available for each lab location. Wire transfer instructions vary by location and are included in the table.
The table below provides information on lab locations by track, as well as the payment methods accepted by location. Please note not all tracks are offered at all lab locations. Mobile exam lab locations are also available for certain tracks, as indicated at the bottom of the table.
Cancellations or changes to the original exam date or location may be made free of charge if completed 91 days or more before the scheduled lab date. To make any changes, you must log into the Lab Scheduling tool and drop your current lab. You can then reschedule according to preferred date or location.You may book an exam for a date less than 90 days away, if you complete payment on the day you book the exam. You may reschedule a lab if the date is less than 91 days in the future for a fee. This is only applicable to lab locations accepting credit cards. No refunds will be issued. Please reference the CCIE Policies for more information.You may contact support at Certification Online Support.
If you require a visa to attend your lab exam, it is strongly recommended that you apply 10 to 12 weeks before your lab date. Candidates who fail to obtain required visas will still be bound by these cancellation policies and must cancel their lab exam before the payment due date to be eligible for a full refund. To request a Visa invite letter please select the Visa Invite tab in the Lab Scheduling tool.
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