How Many CCDEs in the World?

Once again it’s that exciting time after the 10-12 weeks have passed since the last administration (August) of the CCDE Practical Exam, and we have some new CCDEs!  I’d like to congratulate each of them as I know just how big of an accomplishment it is and how much of a commitment was required.  Congratulations!  Well done, guys (and gals?)…

One question that I see come up all the time is – just how many active CCDEs are there in the world?  Unfortunately Cisco doesn’t publish those numbers, so we kind of have to guess.  Some of us refuse to take that as an answer though, and one of those folks started a CCDE Hall of Fame site.  We know that up until the latest results came in last week that there were 74 CCDEs in the world.

I have seen 3 people come forward saying that they passed this time around, and I’ve seen up to number 20120014 a.k.a. 2012::E.  So we know that we have at least 82 CCDEs in the world as of right now, and I expect to see more come forward.  That number has been growing steady for the past couple of years…

I encourage those of you that did pass to leave a comment here and let us know your name and number.  That way we can continue to track the growth of the CCDE program, and you can gain more of the recognition that you deserve within the industry.  I’d also recommend joining the CCDE Exclusive Group on LinkedIn, where you can connect with your CCDE peers from all around the globe.  For those of you that didn’t get it this time, keep after it!  It took me 4 tries…

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