sexta-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2020

CCIEs Labs estendidos

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Hoje pela manhã a Cisco anunciou que irá estender o prazo para realização das provas do CCIE (todas as track atuais) até dia 27 de abril de 2020, essa estensão é por conta do surto do Corona Virus, do fechamento do centro de testes em Hong Kong e também pelos possíveis problemas de agendamento/remarcação de vôos internacionais.

Na prática os candidatos terão mais 2 meses para poder se preparar para a prova (o que não quer dizer que será fácil conseguir assento), porém ajuda quem está estudando já a algum tempo e não tinha certeza ou confiança para fazer o lab.

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We are communicating to our CCIE community that we are extending the timeline for the CCIE lab exams and CCIE certification migrations, from February 24th to April 27, 2020. This means that you can take the existing CCIE lab before April 27, or choose to take the new CCIE lab on or after April 27th.
As you may be aware, on January 30, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. Cisco has a well-established process to coordinate our efforts during outbreaks like this, and we have been tracking the situation and taking appropriate action during recent days and weeks.  The safety of our  customers, partners and employees is always our priority.  

One of the actions taken as a result of the continued spread of the virus, was to close CCIE labs in Hong Kong and Beijing, from February 1 through February 14, 2020. These closures impact the timeline for the transition of the CCIE lab exams planned on February 24, 2020, not just for those planning to test in Beijing or Hong Kong, but for  our customers globally  who have been affected by travel restrictions, business closures and other related circumstances. 

We therefore have made the decision to delay the migration of existing CCIE certifications to new CCIE certifications until April 27, 2020, when we will transition to the new CCIE lab exams. All other elements of the portfolio transition will take effect as planned on February 24. 

If you would like to schedule the current CCIE lab exam before April 27, or would prefer to wait and take the new CCIE lab exam on or after April 27, please schedule here. Seating may be limited. Those who were directly affected by the lab closings in Beijing and Hong Kong have been contacted separately and given priority in rescheduling.

Please note, we ask that you do not travel to other testing centers from mainland China at this time and do not travel to any testing center if you are feeling symptoms of illness, as a safety precaution.

We will be evaluating the situation on an ongoing basis and will reopen the labs once it is safe, in line with official advice. We will provide continued updates on this page. If you have questions, please reference our  frequently asked questions below, or create a case here.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will there be any further extension for the CCIE lab exams? 
A: The existing CCIE lab exams will be available through  April 26, 2020. 

Q: How will CCIE certification migrations be impacted? 
A: CCIE certifications will be migrated to new certifications on April 27, 2020. 

Q: Will the written CCIE exams be extended as well due to the closing of Pearson Vue sites in China? 
A: No, written exams will transition to the new core exams on February 24, 2020.   

Q: How do exam vouchers work? 
A: An exam voucher allows a candidate to schedule an exam appointment and use the voucher for payment of the 100% the cost of the exam. 

Q: Will this impact other elements of the transition to the new certifications? 
A: No, all other certification tests will go into effect as planned on February 24, 2020. 

Q: Are your testing centers safe? 
A: We are taking appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of customers, partners and employees at  our testing centers.   

 Q: How does this affect CCIE recertifications? 
A: Candidates need to follow the guidelines for the new Recertification policy that goes into effect on February 24, 2020.

Q: Will enough seats be available during the extension period? 
A: We will accommodate all those directly impacted as a priority and expect to have some additional space for those who may want a last opportunity to take the current CCIE lab exam. 

Q: How are Lifetime Emeritus CCIEs impacted? 
A: CCIE Emeritus candidates are not impacted. 

Q: How are CCIEs in Suspend status impacted? 
A: Suspend year is turning into an active status on February 24, 2020. This new policy will not be impacted with the closure of China test centers. 

Q: What will be the qualifier to sit for the CCIE Lab Exam during this time period? Will having just the Core exam qualify me to sit for the current lab exam, or will the requirement of passing the CCIE Written extend as well?  Why? 
A: New core exams will also qualify for the CCIE lab exam during this period. All existing CCIE written exams will retire on February 24, 2020 as per the original plan. 

Q: Does the CCIE written exam expiration policy to make an initial attempt at the current CCIE lab exam within 18 months, and then again within 12 months and 12 months still apply? 
A: No, these will no longer apply; this policy will change on February 24, 2020. 

Q: Does this apply to all of the exams across all of the Cisco Certification programs? 
A: No, this change only applies to CCIE labs only. 

Q: If I am currently scheduled to take one of the new lab exams after February 24th, will I still be able to sit for that exam, or will I now have to wait until after the April 26th date? 
A: You will need to reschedule your lab on or after April 27, 2020 when the new CCIE lab exam will be available.  Alternatively, you may want to keep your schedule lab date if you wish to take the current lab exam. 

Q: If I am currently scheduled for a lab exam prior to February 24, 2020 but would like to change my date to a later date closer to April 27, will I be charged a fee for rescheduling?  
A: No.  We will waive the reschedule fee. We do ask that you open a case  for this request.

Q: What is happening with the Pearson Vue testing centers? 
A: For information on the Pearson Vue testing centers, please visit their website directly. 

Q: What if I have a question that is not answered here? 
A: Please open a case with our support team.

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É uma oportunidade fantástica para tentar passar na prova antes da virada, meus colegas de estudo ficaram muito felizes e alguns colegas também vão tentar agendar até o fim do prazo.

Abraços pessoal

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