New Cisco certifications announced

Source: https://cisco.hosted.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-5365

As this are quite new to me, I do not have too much to comment on the subject. Cisco Certifies Architect seems to be the new “hit” from Cisco regarding the knowledge and experience that a candidate has to achieve before applying, but also in regarding the amount of money that this will cost. Since I only heard rumors I will not write here the price, but is sure that is not accessible to any individual.

Some excerpt from the source already mentioned above you can find below.

Cisco Certified Architect

Built in response to the growing customer and market demand to recognize comprehensive competence in network infrastructure design, Cisco introduces the Cisco Certified Architect Certification. This prestigious credential recognizes a new standard of excellence for network designers who can architect and support the increasingly complex networks within global organizations and effectively translate business strategy into (r)evolutionary technology systems.

Cisco Certified Architect is the pinnacle for individuals wishing to establish formal validation of both design and IT skills in Cisco technologies and infrastructure. There is, as yet, no formal training program for the Cisco Certified Architect certification. Candidates appear before an in-person Cisco-appointed board of experts to present and defend their proposed network solution.

CCNP Wireless

The CCNP Wireless certification was developed to support the growing need for trained professionals who can effectively design, implement, secure, and operate wireless networks and mobility infrastructures. This certification recognizes the critical importance of preparing professionals to support and manage Cisco wireless LANs and networks. It reinforces the ability to assess and translate network business requirements into technical specifications that can then be installed and maintained successfully. Achieving CCNP Wireless demonstrates significant knowledge in designing, deploying and maintaining end-to-end Cisco Wireless LAN solutions.

Prerequisites:  Must hold a valid CCNA and CCNA Wireless certification in order to achieve a CCNP Wireless certification.

Availability: Courses and exams for the new CCNP Wireless certification will be made available on July 24, 2009

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Specialist Certifications

Two (2) new certifications–The Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist and the Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist–validate the data center computing professional’s knowledge, expertise, and ability to run mission-critical computer operations.

General Prerequisites: If you already have a background in Cisco data center design and implementation, you may select a Fast-Start option for each of these specialist certifications. Fast-Start offers a “Qualifier” exam, that, when passed, fulfills the prerequisite knowledge requirements. If you don’t have prior background, you must first complete all of the Data Center Specialist Certifications for Architects and Engineers

Availability: Courses and exams for both new Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Specialist certifications will be made available at the end of 2009.

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