First Step Down – Written Complete

Published On 2011/04/05 | By Kurt Bales | Certification

I havent blogged at all for March (and this is only a very brief one) because I have been very busy studying and it seems to have paid off! I managed to get the first step towards my CCIE R&S exam out of the way last week – I passed my CCIE Written exam 🙂

I made the commitment back in December to sit the exam while I was at Cisco Live Melbourne 2011. If you have been following any of my tweets so far this year you may have noticed that I have spent nearly as many days out of the country as I have in. My work travel schedule was pretty hectic for January and February and I didnt have as much time dedicated to study as had hoped.

When March rolled around and I knew that I would be spending the last week of that month down in Melbourne I knew I had to kick my study into overtime! I received lots of encouragement from many of my friends on Twitter but I can tell you I really wasnt feeling ready for the exam (even as I walked into the room!) but I managed to pass – much to my relief!

Now that I have passed, I am working when to schedule the lab. I am thinking either September 9th (My Birthday!) or in the beginning of December. Either way I know that if I do not set a hard date I will keep putting off the serious study required to complete the lab!

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Kurt is a Network Engineer based out of Sydney Australia. He a the Senior Network Engineer at ICT Networks where he spends his time building Service Provider networks, and enterprise WAN environments. He holds his CCNP and JNCIE-ENT, and currently studying for his JNCIE-SP and CCIE R&S. Find out more about Kurt at and you can follow him on Twitter.