Hi Steve Olander,
The Essentials and Pro courses are intended to work together, and often share context and even content as the learner moves to the advanced Pro courses. While some of our Pro learners start by taking the Essentials courses, others begin at MapR Academy Pro and do not have the introduction from Academy Essentials. To ensure that all Academy Pro learners have the full, intended experience, we included the Essentials course at the front of its corresponding Pro course. If you took the ESS course on MapR Academy Essentials, that progress will carry over into Academy Pro.
Thank you Jon. That makes perfect sense!
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