CCIE R&S set for update to V5 in 2014

** UPDATE :- The information has been released – find out more **

At the forthcoming CiscoLive! In Milan between January 27th – 31st there is a session on the V5 version of the CCIE Routing and Switching exam. Information is sparse at the moment, but the two-hour session will focus on:

  • CCIE RSv5 Program refresh
  • Overview
  • RSv5 New Curriculum presentation
  • Exams Overview 
  • Written
  • Lab: Structure, Delivery, Hardware/Software requirements, 
  • Lab modules sequence, stake, logic, format, demo
  • Cisco360 Training Overview 
  • New content 
  • QA

According to the INE blog post, the exam will, most likely, be 100% virtualised and platform independent – which will be great news for those using the likes of GNS3, IOU or (sooner or later) VIRL.

According to INE older topics such as Frame-Relay will disappear, along with ZBF, WCCP, IPv6 Multicast and PfR, because the lab will probably be 100% virtualised we can also probably consider the following as topics that will be removed:

  • QinQ Tunneling
  • ISL trunks
  • DHCP Snooping
  • Layer 3 Port Channel
  • Private VLANs

I would think that RIPv2 will also feature less, if at all in the new exam, with the focus being EIGRP.


New lab topics might include IPSec, DMVPN, and Embedded Packet Capture. I would also suggest that the exam will be more IPv6 centric, including IPv6 security.

There is also a very good chance that the IOS version will move away from 12.4 and up to 15.

New written topics might include ISIS and IOS XE commands.

Will the lab exam format change from the current 2.5 troubleshooting and 5 hour configuration? Perhaps, there might be a diagnostic element to the exam.

Those with exams booked before the end of March should be ok, but after March the chances of getting V5 labs greatly increases as the V4 is phased out.

Once more information is released I’ll update. In the meantime take the poll on the right-hand side and let us know what you would like to see removed for the V5!