Another 14 graduates have survived one of the toughest IT certifications - the Cisco Certified Networking Engineer (CCIE) - and are now well placed to recoup the $23,000-plus price tag for the training and exams.
The CCIE is recognised worldwide as the most prestigious networking certification, claims IT training company Global Knowledge Network Australia, which offers the NetGun Academy a chance to prepare engineers for the CCIE exams.
With a global fail rate for the CCIE of more than 50 per cent, Global Knowledge boasts a 75 per cent pass rate for the CCIE as students undergo a range of training and experience before sitting the CCIE two-day exam.
Jodie Kane, programs manager for Global Knowledge Network Australia, told ARN, "Simply put, it's a brutal course and a brutal qualification".
But with only around 180 CCIEs in Australia and about 4855 worldwide, Kane claims it is worthwhile for those who are good enough to tough it out.
Traditionally, resellers and integrators have sponsored their staff to cover the cost of the NetGun Academy and CCIE exams, however, Kane claims more and more contractors are paying for their own certification.
With the average CCIE expecting around $100,000 per annum upon qualification, there is certainly an incentive to make the investment.