Attention Everyone! Please join me in congratulating James Key for passing the CCIE Voice lab. In the words of James himself … “It is done. CCIE #25772 Voice“. For those of you not on twitter, James passed the CCIE Voice lab on Tuseday of this week.

Allow me to give you a little background on his achievement. I first met James 3 1/2 years ago when he was hired as an entry level Cisco engineer with very little experience. He left a good job as a …cough…Windows Admin to pursue a career as a Cisco Engineer. Shortly after one year in the field, he made an announcement to our group that he was pursuing the CCIE Voice certification. At that time, we had no idea what kind of dedication he would show to achieve this goal.

For the last 21 months, he has been reading and in the lab at every opportunity. When he wasn’t able to stop to read or lab, he still listened to lectures while driving and working out. Actually, his 8 year old son probably has enough knowledge of voice networks to get his CCNA Voice certification.

Although James put in a lot of time, his family deserves a ton of credit. James has an amazing wife and two boys that really stood behind him. During the week, he was in the lab until 8:30 every night and all day lab sessions on Saturdays and Sundays. He also took over 4 weeks of vacation time to do “lab marathon’s” before his lab attempts.

Hopefully, James will continue to blog on but I am sure he will be needing a raise. CCIE’s don’t work for training materials after they have their digits 🙂 Congratulations Buddy!

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