The 525 Vision

By 2025, 97 million new jobs will be created due to advances in technology and automation and South Africa’s shortage of these sought-after certified technology skill sets is increasing. In light of this, NIL, in partnership with Cisco, has created a skills development and support programme focused on the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). The CCIE is the most prestigious and most difficult certification to achieve, typically requiring years of hands-on experience and a deep understanding of networking technologies

CCIE 360 Programme

Having successfully delivered the CCIE 360 programme in 2018, NIL is uniquely placed to understand what goes into becoming a CCIE and the time required to successfully complete the exams. We know that getting the CCIE isn’t something to do on a whim, it requires total commitment from both you and your employer, to the many hours of learning and lab practice that is required to successfully attempt the final exam, achievement of which is the ultimate achievement of any Cisco Network engineer.

CCIE lab exam

The CCIE lab exam consists of two parts;

  • The first is a three-hour test of low-level design skills, designed to show how well you understand the concepts and technologies and that you can apply them on a design level.
  • The second, five-hour, module takes five hours and demonstrates your ability to implement, optimise, and troubleshoot those technologies.
In-Person Meeting Registration


The CCIE is an amazing learning tool, you will develop new skills that are practical and something you can use in your daily job, and in theory, making you a better engineer. For instance, you might find yourself troubleshooting in a whole different, more methodical way.


The CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure curriculum goes beyond the traditional routing and switching technology to include new and evolving technologies like SD-WAN, SDA, Cloud Computing, Network Automation and Programmability, SDN, and IoT. The biggest permanent change of the pandemic is that networking and security teams are working more closely together and the latest CCIE curriculum enables you to gain an understanding of where and how the network can become the first line of defence for your organisation, and your customer’s, security posture.


Most importantly, achieving your CCIE can increase job security. In a competitive employment environment, you need to be doing everything you can to make yourself employable and stand out from the crowd. If you have completed the CCNA and CCNP then the CCIE is your next logical step.


Our brand new CCIE programme takes the best of the 360 programme and applies it to the new CCIE curriculum by offering a combination of e-learning, workshops and regular mentoring sessions to give you the best possible opportunity to attain your certification

Join us in-person or online for Project 525


Smangele Nkosi

GM/Country Leader, South Africa

Conrad Steyn

CTO/Head of Engineering for Cisco Sub-Saharan Africa

Martin Camp

Managing Director of NIL Data

Yusuf Bhaiji

Director/CTO, Learning@Cisco

David Mallory

Director of Certifications at Cisco


Project 525 In-Person Event Option

Cisco Office,The Ingress
Building 2

23 Magwa Crescent,

Waterfall City

Project 525 Online Event Option

Date: 1 March 2023
17:30 for 18:00 until 20:30



Join us in-person or online for the CCIE Club


The Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) certification is renowned globally as the most prestigious networking certification in the industry, and as such is continually updated and revised to ensure unparalleled program quality, relevance and value. The NIL CCIE Club, a joint project with Cisco and NIL, has been established to allow the South African CCIE community to meet, network, and share best practices. The CCIE Club forums will combine technical and motivational aspects curated specifically for those who hold this elite certification.

CCIE Club In-Person Event

Cisco Office,The Ingress
Building 2

23 Magwa Crescent,

Waterfall City

CCIE Club Online Event

Date: 2 March 2023
17:30 for 18:00 until 20:30