Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert – CCIE Collaboration

The CCIE Collaboration certification is for Collaboration Architects, Unified Communications Architects, or Voice and Video Network Managers who are responsible for the design, implementation, and troubleshooting of complex collaboration solutions. The certification is an expert-level certification that ensures that you gain knowledge and experience in collaboration solutions integration and interoperation, configuration, and troubleshooting in complex networks and the challenges of video, mobility, and presence as the foundation for workplace collaboration solutions.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required.

Recommended Training and Experience

Candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding practical exam.

You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints, a minimum of seven years job experience, and a thorough understanding of networking infrastructure principles. You can review the exam preparation materials included on this page for more information.

Steps to Certification :

1 : CCIE Collaboration Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering those technologies and applications that comprise a Cisco Enterprise solution before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

2: CCIE Collaboration Lab Exam

The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation. You must pass the lab within three years of passing the written to achieve certification. Your first lab attempt must be made within 18 months.

CCIE Collaboration

Certification Name

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Collaboration

Prerequisites/Required Courses

No course prerequisites
In-depth understanding of exam topics
Three to five years of job experience recommended

Number of Exams

Two exams:
• Written qualification exam (Exam 400-051: CCIE Collaboration Exam), 90-110 questions, 120 minutes
• Hands-on lab exam (Version 1.0), 8 hours

Cost of ExamWritten exam: $400 USD, Exam 400-051: CCIE Collaboration Exam
Lab exam: $1,600 USD per attempt


Self-Study Materials

CCIE Written Exam:
The CCIE written exam Web page maintains a list of Cisco Press resources, reference and design guides, training and self-assessment tools, and more. Additional self-study resources are available from the Cisco Learning Network.

CCIE Lab Exam:
The Cisco Learning Network maintains a list of self-study resources for the CCIE lab exam.