Juniper Certifications now good for 3 years!

In Certification, Junos on October 13, 2015 at 19:32


It is finally official, Juniper has extended their certification expiration from two years to three years.

Originally Juniper certifications where active for 2 years, and then you had 1 year after that to renew.  If you did not re-certify prior to the 2–year anniversary, you went into an inactive status for a year with your certification.  Then if you did not renew within that two years, your certification became expired and you would have to take the test(s) again to regain that certification.   What Juniper has now done is give you three years of active status, and you need to re-certify prior to the 3rd  year anniversary – there is no more inactive status.  While this does alleviate much pressure on candidates (it can be hard to re-certify every certification every two years), it also means that the motivation factor of “inactive” status is gone.

I just logged into my CertManager portal page to check on my certifications as I know I had one that was in inactive status.  It is now active, but now shows Expiring. At least that tells you that you need to re certify soon!  Luckily they do also list the date of the Expiration on the page, so you know your drop-dead deadline.

If you have a Juniper certification and want to check its status, you can do that by going to their CertManager page.

You can see the announcement at the following link:






Juniper NXTWork 2015

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2015 at 15:03



Coming this November, Juniper has finally jumped into the Customer Summit bandwagon.  This is something that has been asked for for many years now, a way for Juniper customers and advocates to get together and talk Juniper.  This event will allow you to connect with your peers in the industry, meet current and potential new customers, and connect with Juniper leadership.  Some of the primary topics of the inaugural event this year is:

  • Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Cloud-Enabled Enterprise
  • Secure Networking
  • Data Center Virtualization

It is time to drop the CCIE written

In CCIE on July 7, 2015 at 03:00

Back in 1993 the CCIE Cisco Certification, the first Cisco certification, was created and tested. Yes, the CCIE certification came years before the CCNA certification (1998) and thus Cisco needed a way to weed out candidates who were not ready for the CCIE lab exam.  What they came up with was a Written pre-qualification exam to show that the candidate was ready to attempt the CCIE Lab exam.  The CCIE Written is not a certification in itself, even though many job seekers seem to think that it is, it is just a qualifier to show that the candidate is ready to attempt the CCIE lab exam.  To this day the CCIE written is still needed, regardless if the candidate does not have or has other Cisco certifications.  Today though, with all the Cisco certifications, training, and the amount of Cisco networking gear in the enterprise, it is quite different and begs the question, “Does the CCIE Written still make sense today?”