Have you seen how some institute brag about their instructor for being Double, Triple, Quadruple CCIE or one of the ten who holds 5 CCIE certs or 6 CCIE certs?
Is it worth having all these? as a instructor or as a candidate?
Let’s look at from different angle?
Being CCIE these days is not that difficult. All you need is Money and Time and dedication and some time not even that thanks to some institute that manufacture CCIE Voice.
Instructor who held’s Multiple CCIE
If you are an instructor who has 5 CCIE in your hand, can you honestly say you are focus? I mean if you held 5 CCIE – R/S, Voice, Security, Storage, SP and only teach CCIE R/S 2 weeks a month, when you work on the other IEs. If you teach 1 week CCIE Voice, 1 week R/S, 1 week security and 1 week of Storage, aren;t you only expert 25% of each topic? What I know about being an expert is when you are 80% to 100% focus on one area.
Truths about most instructors who are full time with an institute often teach they don’t do any outside work. Few does but not all. Now being 4 extra CCIE does it really make you an expert in all 4 or 5 area of the technologies? Very hard to believe? One has to wonder when the instructor gets time to study Voice, when he has been teaching for 8 years in R/S. Even if he does get time to study voice when in the world did he do any project on it for real word experience?
We as a human being can handle so much plus age becomes a factor as we grow. Few guys who have been around for 5 to 10 years may have exposure to more technologies then other instructors and often may have many different skill sets. Even then, if you don’t focus on any particular area on 80% of the time then you are longer consider expert
Based on Wikipedia Experts have a prolonged or intense experience through practice and education in a particular field. In specific fields, the definition of expert is well established by consensus and therefore it is not necessary for an individual to have a professional or academic qualification for them to be accepted as an expert.
So by having 5 CCIE does it make you an expert?
Which area are you focusing on?
What is your particular choice of field that makes you an expert in?
These are the questions you should ask when choosing an institute. Often institute will tell you well our instructors are 5 x CCIE and only ten of them in the world who has this, you are in good hand? Well are you? Well that is up to you to figure it out.
I am not saying those who have Triple CCIE or 6 x CCIE are not good instructor. Some of them the best instructor that I know of but one has to ask how well are those CCIE who held 6 of them?
Multple CCIE for individual
Individual should also be careful of becoming multiple CCIE. Often these days Managers are looking for expert, will ask where is your focus? Are you a security guy, or a voice guy, or a SP. what do you really like to do? Manager may see you out of focus
CCIE vs Doctors
There are many catagory of doctors. General specialized etc.
You have Doctors who are 100% focus
3.Some are expertise in skin, while others are focus on spinal cord
So what is the most common think about them they are all consider to be a doctor. Doctor who specializes in Heart, may know bit about Brain or How teeth works but that is not his area of expertise. You will hardly ever find a doctor who is expert in Brain at the same time a heart. Atleast I won’t go to that doctor.
So CCIE’s are not difference either. Stick to one or two technology and focus on them 100%. If technology is dying then move to the other one and start all over again. But it is often difficult for majority of us to focus on 4 to 6 area and still consider us to be expert in that field.
Just some thoughts. Plan your career properly, make the right decission.