I've missed this update. I'm currently studying for the lab exam and I'm quite lost. But anyway, Cisco clarified the options that you have if you want to go from the Voice to the Collaboration CCIE. There was a bit of confusion when they announced this new track but now it seem they've added more options. Read the update after the break.
Learning@Cisco is committed to helping the expert Voice technical community transition to the recently announced CCIE® Collaboration certification. Three migration options will be offered as part of a CCIE Voice to CCIE Collaboration certification conversion program. Eligibility requires a CCIE Voice certification (active or suspended) as of February 13, 2014.
The program allows CCIE Voice certification holders to:
- keep their existing CCIE Voice certification or
- convert to a CCIE Collaboration certification, or
- attain both a CCIE Voice certification and a CCIE Collaboration certification.
Specifically, the three migration options are as follows:
Keep your existing CCIE Voice certification and recertify using the current CCIE recertification rules.
Pass the CCIE Collaboration Written Exam and then permanently convert your CCIE Voice certification to a CCIE Collaboration certification between November 21, 2013 and February 13, 2016. Conversion program candidates would need to do the following:
a) Pass the CCIE Collaboration Written Exam
b) Request a permanent CCIE Voice to CCIE Collaboration certification conversion by submitting an online Cisco certification support case at http://ciscocert.force.com/english and include the following information:
- Candidate ID
- CCIE number
- Description: CCIE Voice to CCIE Collaboration Conversion Program
- Date (mm/dd/yyyy) of the CCIE Collaboration Written Exam pass
Note that the CCIE Voice to CCIE Collaboration conversion program is a permanent and final certification conversion. Once a program participant's certification is exchanged and the new CCIE Collaboration certification is provided, he/she will not be able to use the CCIE Voice certification title any longer and will not be able to regain the CCIE Voice certification in the future.
This is an opt-in and limited-time program. The conversion is not automatic. It is available from November 21, 2013 to February 13, 2016 only. CCIE Collaboration certification conversion titles will take effect starting on February 14, 2014.
Pass both the CCIE Collaboration Written Exam and the CCIE Collaboration Lab Exam and then receive a CCIE Collaboration certification in addition to the previously earned CCIE Voice certification.
CCIE Voice holders who have passed the CCIE Collaboration written and lab exams will be granted both the CCIE Voice and CCIE Collaboration certifications. CCIE Voice holders with a valid CCIE Voice Written Exam or CCIE Collaboration Written Exam are eligible to register for the CCIE Collaboration Lab Exam (available starting February 14, 2014). Refer here for CCIE written exam policies.
They have also created a FAQ for this purpose in the past.