Now that CCDE is in its second iteration I am going to focus on preparation for this certification next.
This past Wednesday, after a 12 week wait following my 4th CCDE Practical Exam attempt, I learned that I passed! I still haven’t come down! On Friday I learned that I’m CCDE 20120001 a.k.a. 2012::1, putting an end to a journey that started back in 2007.
I barely had a chance to hang up my new CCIE R&S plaque that I earned in May 2007, and I was sitting in a room at Networkers 2007 – err Cisco Live – discussing a brand new expert level certification. The room was filled with CCIEs, and there was a bar in the back of the room! They handed out a 5 page blueprint and reading list for the CCDE written beta exam, and we walked through the purpose of the cert, beta process, blueprint, etc. The paint wasn’t dry on the practical at that stage.
Anyway, I didn’t pass the beta exam…
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