Cisco warns that professional certifications nearing expiry

Holders of Associate or Professional level certification from Cisco need to start planning to get re-certified before the September 2001 expiry.

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By  Colin Browne Published  September 25, 2000

Holders of Associate or Professional level certification from Cisco need to start planning to get re-certified, the company said.

Under the guidelines of the extended Cisco Career Certification Program, career certifications at the associate and professional levels are valid for three years, after which they must be renewed.

The first set of professional and associate Cisco Career Certifications expire on September 5, 2001, giving certified network professionals a minimum of one year to prepare, register, and pass the required re-certification exam.

Re-certification has been part of the Cisco Career Certifications Program since 1997, when the company implemented re-certification for the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certificate.

The CCIE and career specializations, including security, voice access, network management, SNA/IP network management, LAN ATM and SNA/IP integration, are valid for two years.

To help simplify the re-certification process and ensure success, Cisco has certified and licensed learning partners to offer training needs analysis, certified instructor-led career courses, access to Cisco learning tools and technologies as well as e-learning editions of courseware for exam preparation.

Cisco training partners in the Middle East are Fast Lane Training ( and Synergy Consulting (

Associate re-certification exams are now available worldwide with professional exams due to be available worldwide next month. Go to to learn more about how to update personal information, check certification expiration, locate the nearest test centre and register for a re-certification exam.

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