I get sent some questions which sometimes shock or at least surprise me. Here is the latest one:
‘Hey Paul – Looks like I have a clear 12 months. What is the fastet way I can get the CCNA – CCNP and maybe CCIE done?’
“Ach mein Gott! – definition – Translating from German literally as “Oh my God!”
In fact, it reminds me of my favourite Einstein quote:
‘A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?’
This guy has probably bought the ‘six pack abs in six days course’ as well. Or maybe the ‘speed seduction course’ where you can hynotize women into falling in love with you in ten minutes.
This is the quick fix market where every day, suckers are parted from their cash. They want to bypass the hard work and just get the result. Why train five years for a black belt when you can buy one off the internet? I suppose because when it comes to a fight, you will get your ass kicked if you haven’t done the training.
Back to the CCIE in 12 months.
Hmmm…let me see. CCNA to CCIE in 12 months eh? You would be looking at 8-10 hours per day, several intensive boot camps, probably fly to China for one of those ‘just like the real lab’ courses.
That should do the trick. It will cost about $40k but what the heck. You get a CCIE at the end of it right?
There are ccies and there are CCIEs. The ccie has the number but when push comes to shove they have trained to pass a lab. That is all. They don’t really understand the bigger picture and are often pulled off a customers site and replaced (just ask Farai).
A CCIE has usually been in the industry for a while and has taken the exam to cement what they already have known and been doing for a long time. They will review subjects so they understand what is going on rather than just configuring it. They understand the impact of what they are doing on the entire network infrastructure rather than the ten devices they are configuring.