Technical Services Newsletter

Certifications, Training, & Events

Here, you will find the latest news on Cisco certifications, links to video offerings from TechWiseTV, and upcoming events such as Networkers and those provided through Networking Professionals Connection.


Certifications

New Vendor for Cisco Certification Exams

Beginning August 1, 2007, Pearson VUE will be the primary test vendor for Cisco certification exams worldwide. Cisco CCNA and CCIE are two examples of Cisco professional certification exams that will be delivered through Pearson VUE. Additionally, Pearson VUE will deliver other Cisco individual technical certifications and specialization exams previously delivered by multiple test delivery partners. Pearson VUE has been delivering Cisco exams since 2000, but shifting to a primary vendor strategy worldwide will enable Cisco to advance test security through the deployment of advanced biometric technologies, facilitate the rapid localization of exams around the world, and allow for increased certification scalability and coverage.

As a result of this change, all individual Cisco technical certification exams for Cisco customers and partners will need to be scheduled through Pearson VUE. July 31, 2007, is the last date to take a Cisco exam through Prometric. Pease visit the Certifications Online Support Website for additional details.


Updated CCNA and New CCENT

Cisco recently introduced a new entry-level certification to the Career Certifications program, CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician), and also announced significant enhancements to the popular CCNA certification. In doing so, Cisco plans to simultaneously localize both the curricula and certification exams to meet the worldwide demand for networking skills.

CCENT presents a new point of entry for those just beginning to build a career in networking. As an optional stepping stone to CCNA, CCENT validates the skills required to successfully install and verify basic networks -- a requirement for most entry-level network support positions. At the same time, Cisco's foundational CCNA curricula has been revised to include a greater breadth of networking topics and more focus on performance-based skills to differentiate Cisco-certified applicants in the IT job market. The CCNA curricula will be available worldwide on July 26, 2007. Exams will be released in English on August 1, 2007. Additional languages will be announced as translation plans are finalized.

For more information, visit the Discover New Career Opportunities page.

Training

cisco Interaction Network

In today’s hyper competitive environment, small and mid-size business leaders need real-world answers and trusted advice, not sales pitches. Now, they’re yours for the asking, right on your desktop.

Introducing BizWiseTV and TechWiseTV on the Cisco Interaction Network, a comprehensive series of Web broadcasts for today’s business and technical managers. Each episode presents fast-paced, informative interviews with leading experts, authorities, and business leaders. And, if you are unable to attend the live broadcast, you can watch it at your convenience through video on demand.

BizWiseTV investigates the hot-button issues facing the business decision-makers at today’s small and mid-sized organizations, including new business prospecting, customer care, workforce mobility, and other topics. Each broadcast features interviews with prominent authorities, distinguished experts, and authors from organizations like the Harvard Business Review, Gartner, and Forrester Research.

TechWiseTV addresses the big challenges faced by IT managers and shows how specific technologies can help solve them. Each 60-minute broadcast features customer case studies, in-depth demonstrations, and step-by-step guides for implementing IP communications/VoIP, comprehensive security, wireless networking, and other solutions.

Visit the Cisco Interaction Network today.

Events

Upcoming "Ask the Expert" Events and TechTalks from Networking Professionals Connection.

  • Ask the Expert
    • Now/27-JUL - Smart Call Home
    • Now/27-JUL - Hosted Unified Communications Services
    • 30-JUL/10-AUG - Using Cisco IOS Sessions Border Controller to Connect to Service Provider SIP Trunk Solutions

Note: "Ask the Expert" events are subject to rescheduling. Please refer to the URL above for the most current schedule.

To attend an event or participate in a discussion forum, visit Networking Professionals Connection today.