So about a month ago, I went to www.ine.com and saw their claim to turn me into a CCIE Voice in 18 months. Well, why not? I have tons of experience already in TDM voice in Avaya and Nortel. I love tinkering with phones and Cisco VoIP is way too cool to pass up on working with. So I charged head first into getting that “entry” level certification for my basic foundation in routing and switching TCP/IP on Cisco hardware.
Little did I know that R&S is pretty intensive. Some of the topics, like dynamic routing protocols, Spanning-Tree and IPv6 are a far throw from what I’m used to as a strict telecom admin. I would still dig deep and study on. I have gone through Todd Lammle’s excellent book from Sybex. I have also purchased other guides to help me get through the tough CCNA Composite exam.
Today, it was announced that CCNA is no longer the pre-requisite for attaining Cisco Voice certifications. The only requirement now is the CCENT. The same CCENT that currently has, within its syllabus, a LOT less of the difficult topics of the CCNA composite. So, my path is clear!
Concurrently with the migration to Cisco at my job, I plan to attain CCNP Voice within the year. When it comes time to go hands-on, I already a rock-solid foundation to successful manage the 4000+ stations and voice end-points at our locations across the city.
It will probably be years before I can attempt the CCIE Voice. The outlook is good however. Let’s just hope there’s enough caffeine in the world to fuel my quest for that CCIE Voice #……..