I have begun my studies for the CCIE lab. It will be a long journey and like any journey, it begins with a single step. I took that step tonight, when I began to follow the directions of this INE post. The post is named “How to pass the CCIE R&S with INE’s 4.0 Training Program” and just gives a general overview of how you should attack the studying for the lab including a study schedule.
The article assumes you will be studying 3 days a week, for 4 hrs a day for a total of 12 hrs per week. Based on that, they give you a 48-week breakdown of study times and where to focus your studying.
It consists of 3 phases:
Warm-up Phase (Weeks 0-12) Gets you started for CCIE studies. Covers core topics, develops basic hands-on and speed skills.
Core Training (Weeks 13-24) This phase develops solid hands-on skills and cements fundamental knowledge.
Advanced Training (Weeks 25-48) Gets you to the advanced level of technology understanding and perfection in hands-on skills.
The 48-week timing just feels too long and I feel like I should be able to complete this in 6 months (24 weeks). That being said, I will revise the study schedule as follows. I will be studying for 8 hours on Saturdays and Sundays as well as 8 hours during the week for a total of 24hrs study time. This may mean that I study two days a week for 4 hours of 4 days a week for 2 hours, but I am not sure which yet. I will give myself 6 weeks to complete the recommended material before moving on to Vol 2.
By my calculations, here is what MY schedule will look like.
Warm-up Phase (Weeks 0-6)
Core Training (Weeks 7-12)
Advanced Training (Weeks 13-24)
I know that this is an aggressive schedule, but I know that I can make it work and will force myself to stick to it as much as possible. For work reasons, I will be spending 1 week a month at work headquarters in Chicago, so I will need to maintain the remote access to my home box going in order to be able to continue with my studies.
For the next six weeks, I will be working on completing the following sections of the Vol. 1 study material from INE.
Bridging & Switching: 1.1-1.15
IP Routing: 3.1-3.11
MPLS VPN: 14.1-14.7
I am trying to do bi-weekly page updates but it has been tough keeping up. I will be trying harder to fulfill this small goal.