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them. That way you don't actually have to spend extra on the certification vouchers but you still have the level of understanding associated with them. If budget isn't a primary concern, getting those professional certifications is an excellent way to achieve a higher status of Cisco recognition along the way to your long-term goal of getting the CCIE, since you will inevitably be spending a long time preparing.
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