It's been nearly 6 months since my last post. In that time I've been mostly focusing on family and running and getting some rest.
But March 2nd of an even year just passed, which means one thing: The clock is now ticking to recertify my CCIE!
The CCIE has a pretty unusual recert process. Most exams you typically are certified for x years from the date you pass the recert exam.
But the CCIE works differently. It is always based on your lab passing date, which for me is March 2nd.
So when you first pass the CCIE, you are certified for 2 years past the date of the lab. Meaning you're already eligible to recert. So right after passing the lab, you can go take a written exam (same or different than the lab) and extend your suspension date another 2 years out, or essentially 4 years.
So currently my CCIE suspension date is March 3rd 2014. And if I pass any CCIE written it then becomes March 3rd, 2016 (whether I pass on April 3rd, 2012 or March 2nd, 2013).