Consider procuring CCVP enroute CCIE Voice?
I would like to ask your advice and suggestion.
I am a Messaging guy and have installed and supported Cisco Unity 4/5 in enterprise scale; but that's as close I can get to sniff telephony. I started studying Voice in 2009 and attended the CCIE Voice course with only CVOICE and CIPT knowledge. I flunked and wasted my money. Last fall I bought the INE voice materials and built my voice lab as per INE topology. I have listened to the the CCVP and CCIE VOICE ATC and have almost completed my Workbook 1 labs. I will start my Workbook 2 end of this month. I have started to log my lab hours (suggested by voiceguru) and average about 75 hours a month.
My contract at work is due to come to an end I really would like to get into Voice technology. I don't have my CCVP. My initial plan was to go straight for the CCIE Voice certification. Some of my IT friends suggested that I should get my CCVP and keep working toward my CCIE. They said that getting a CCVP is much faster and that I would have a certification to show on my resume. But since my CCNA has expired, I would have to take my CCNA, CCNA(V), and CCVP. That would be 7 papers and $$$.
Should I ge get my CCVP or use the CCVP exam money toward my first CCIE Voice attempt / CCIE one week bootcamp? I also plan to look for a job south of the 49 parallel and perhaps a CCVP cert could be of some help.
Thank you for any suggestion.