Iristheangel wrote: »
@Montague - that's if you're going for R&S. If you're going for a specialty like Voice, Security, Wireless, Data Center, etc - the materials tend to cost more + the rack rental time costs more. It's because there's some aspects that can't be virtualized and there aren't a lot of vendors on the market offering materials. R&S is so cheap because there's so much competition and even then, it ends up being something like $8-10K.
It should also be noted that the OP mentioned Networkdojo so he's going for wireless in all probability. Assuming you get the platinum bundle with all the workbooks + 300 hours of rack time, that's $3499. Since 300 hours isn't enough, you're making a large investment in hardware *or* rack rentals. 12.5 hour of rack rental time == $100 for Network Dojo (INE doesn't do wireless) so if you need 500 more hours of rack time, that's $4,000 more. Not everyone goes to bootcamps but a lot do so if you go to one, that's another $3-5K depending on the vendor. Then you add the travel costs for visiting the lab (x however many attempts you make), bootcamps, etc.
I would definitely say to try to save money where you can but never ever ever be under the impression that getting a CCIE is cheap. It won't be. To give you an idea of what I (or my employers) paid for the first CCIE I did:
- $3200 on lab exams
- $500 on the written
- $2000 for INE rack rentals
- $3000-something on a package for all the IPX videos and bootcamp
- $2000 for IPX rack rentals
- ~$2500 for travel costs to both of my labs
- $1500 for travel costs to my Tulsa, OK bootcamp with Lunde
And I'm sure there are some additional costs in there but that's about all I'm remembering off the top of my head. It would have sucked to pay that all out of pocket but thankfully, I had some good employers that helped cover the costs