CCIE Service Provider Operations

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Service Provider Operations (CCIE SP Operations) certification test a candidates knowledge, skills and validates core IP NGN service provider operations expertise. Candidates who pass the CCIE SP Operations certification exams have the skills and knowledge required of an expert-level operations engineer for troubleshooting and maintaining complex IP NGN core network infrastructures in both IOS and IOS XR operating environments.

To achieve this certification an individual needs to complete two exams, written and Lab exam.

Written exam:

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Exam Number:350-029
Associated Certifications: CCIE Service Provider Operations
Duration: 120 minutes (90-110 questions)
Available Languages: English

Lab exam:

The eight-hour lab exam. You must make an initial attempt of the CCIE lab exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE written exam. If you do not pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, you must retake the written exam before being allowed to attempt the lab exam again.


There are no other certifications, or training courses required to complete this program. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam.

It is strongly encouraged that a candidate should have at least 4-5 years job experience or should have deep understanding about the topics included in this exam.