CCDE with MNB Class of 2023?


Venue: MNB Networks Office - Edinburgh, Scotland

Date: 29th May - 2nd June 2023 (then mentoring until April 2024).

This training is our Instructor-led CCDE offering which is focused on providing students with expert level, scenario based network design training that aligns to the Cisco Certified Design Expert, version 3 certification.

The program starts with a 5 day on-site course in Edinburgh, Scotland between 29th May - 2nd June 2023 and will be followed up by the 6 candidates being added into a private, focused study group which is run by Malcolm Booden, CCDE #20170037.

The program includes the below:

  • Fully certified CCDE Instructor
  • 5-day CCDE course in Edinburgh, Scotland (On-site only)
  • Subject Matter Expert Guest Instructors (Automation in May 2023)
  • Focused study group of 6 - 8 people with Malcolm Booden as group co-ordinator.
  • Regular meetings as a group to set objectives and keep you accountable / on-track.
  • CCDE with MNB Class of 2023 Swag Pack

The course is suitable for those who are attempting the CCDE practical, but also for any design engineers who are not intending on taking the exam and just want to improve their network design skills in complex environments. 

Content is based on and aligned to the CCDE Unified Topics but has the Core Technology List and most Areas of Expertise intertwined into the materials.

The course focuses on the following aspects of CCDE preparation and provides advanced network design tuition. 

  • Choose the correct protocol and feature combinations to meet requirements.

  • Justifying "why" a certain solution, feature or protocol was chosen from the "core" or "expertise" technologie lists associated with the exam.

  • Developing solutions as a design team using our interactive design software.

  • Group discussions on complex network designs prepared by the instructor.

Various content, diagrams and practice exams will be made available for the student to keep after the course.  

Course slides available in printed form upon request for a nominal fee (printing and postage), but these are also made available during and after the course on the learning platform whilst students have access.

Students are responsible for arranging travel, accommodation and meals.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

Upcoming Courses

The following courses are scheduled to run subject to appropriate numbers.  

Please contact us to book your place, where we have 6 places available!

29th May - 2nd June 2023 - Confirmed dates subject to minimum student registration.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Information

    • House Rules & Code of Conduct

    • Introduction to MNB Networks CCDE v3 Bootcamp

  • 2


    • CCDEv2 Cisco Live Sessions - PDF

    • CCDE v3 Learning Matrix

    • CCDE Shuffle Podcast (Interviews with CCDEs)

    • Practice Exam Scenarios & Schedule

  • 3

    Design Reading "7 Minute Scenarios"

    • Intro - Design Reading Challenges

    • SCOTCOM Service Provider - 7 Minute Scenario

  • 4

    Design Challenges Workbook

    • Design Challenges - Overview

    • Group Challenge 1 - Small Routing Protocol Scenario

    • Slack Mela-Residential CCDE Office Consolidation Challenge v1-0

  • 5

    CCDE Exam Overview

    • CCDE Exam Overview - Thinkific May 2022

    • Business Requirements, Project Delivery & Constraints

  • 6

    Essential Routing Topics & Physical Design

    • Essential Routing Topics

    • Physical Network Transports

  • 7

    Underlays & Overlays

    • Underlays & Overlays Background

    • Underlay Summary & Examples

    • Overlay Summary & Examples

  • 8

    MPLS VPN & Service Provider Background

    • MPLS VPN Design Fundamentals

    • MPLS Segment Routing - Thinkific May 2022

    • WAN Topologies - MPLS L3VPN

    • WAN Topologies - L2VPN (VPLS)

    • WAN Topologies - L2VPN (P2P)

  • 9

    Network Automation Design

    • Introduction

    • Zero Touch Provisioning

    • Infrastructure as Code Tools, Awareness & When to Use

    • Automation Tools (I.e. Ansible)

    • Orchestration Tools

    • Programming Language (E.g. Python)

  • 10

    Data Center Background & Evolution

    • DC Intro & Architecture

    • DC Evolution Chassis to SDDC

    • DC OTV HL Overview

  • 11

    DC Scenarios Including Interconnects

    • DC Virtual Device Contexts

    • DC Migration to SDDC

    • SDDC (ACI) Underlay Design Example

    • DC SDDC Overlay Design Example

    • DC Interconnect Scenario Example

  • 12

    Cloud Connectivity Design

    • Cloud Connectivity Hypothesis

    • Cloud Connectivity Challenges

    • DC Multicloud

  • 13

    Campus LAN Design

    • Campus LAN Evolution Legacy to Modern

  • 14

    Network Migrations

    • What is a Network Migration?

    • Types of Network Migrations

    • Existing Network Examples for Migration

    • Migration of WAN Hub

    • Migration of WAN Spoke

    • Migration Topology During IMO

    • Migration Topology WAN FMO

    • Typical Migration Issues

  • 15

    Scaling Large Networks

    • Scaling Large Networks for Global Applications

    • Scaling Different Site Types

    • Global & Regional Backbone Scaling

  • 16

    Integration Considerations

    • Layer 1 - 3 Integration

    • SD-LAN to WAN Integration & Stateful Devices Impact

    • Integration Routing Considerations

    • Scaling Integration Global Reach and Shared Buildings

  • 17

    CCDE Study & Approach Advice

    • CCDE General Study Techniques

    • CCDE Written Approach

    • CCDE Lab Approach

  • 18

    Mentoring Session Task # 1: Transport Technologies

    • Study Session 1 - Comparison Matrix Task (1.0 Transport Technologies)

    • CCDE Class of 2023 Task 1 - Review & Discussion (ZOOM)

    • Task 1 Review Session 1 - Ethernet Technologies (Physical)

    • Task 1 Review Session 1 - DWDM / CWDM Overview (Physical)

    • Task 1 Review Session 1 - Frame Relay (Physical)

    • Task 1 Review Session 1 - Cellular & Broadband

    • Task 1 Review Session 1 - Wireless

  • 19

    Mentoring Sessions: Core Tech - Layer 2 Control Plane

    • Study Session 2 - Comparison Matrix & Diagrams Task (2.0 Layer 2 Control Plane)

Frequently Asked Questions

More information about the course below based on the most common questions. Please contact us if you want to ask something else via

  • Who is the instructor?

    Malcolm Booden, CCDE#20170037 is always the lead instructor, who will be responsible for all content delivery and development for this course.

  • How long is the course?

    The course is 5 long but enjoyable consecutive days. Typically we will run 08:00 - 20:00 local time with breaks for meals as appropriate. We will finish earlier on the last day, normally around 12:00 noon.

  • How much does the course cost?

    The course price is $4,995 USD which includes all materials and content that can be downloaded (does not include course slides although these are available on the platform during the course and for 18 months after the course). Printed slides can be provided at a small additional cost for printing and postage if ordered 30 days before. Travel and accommodation is not included which is the responsibility of the student.

  • What are the pre-requisites for this course?

    This is an advanced course, targeted at experienced network designers who hold 7+ years experience in network engineering with a broad understanding in large enterprise and service provider environments. There is an expectation and assumption that students attending the course will have an understanding of most technologies in the Core Technology List associated with the CCDE exam as these will be discussed within scenarios assuming the students are familiar will all protocol operations prior to coming onto this course.

  • Is the course remote or in person?

    This is in-person only because we believe the CCDE requires full attention of the students and they need to avoid distractions like work meetings, responding to emails and phone calls. The class is interactive and small, and therefore it is required for all students to be fully engaged to get the most out of the discussions and challenges.

  • What is the course structure?

    Mix of lectures, design challenges (individual and team), CCDE practical scenario practice exams. We provide a blended learning experience which is made possible by our hosting solution where all content and materials are located.