Nortel aims for top marks with new channel exam scheme

Nortel has completed a global overhaul of its Professional Certification Programme in an effort to make it easier for IT professionals and enterprise partners to increase their expertise in its product portfolio.

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  October 3, 2006

Nortel has completed a global overhaul of its Professional Certification Programme in an effort to make it easier for IT professionals and enterprise partners to increase their expertise in its product portfolio. The modifications – which are applicable to partners right across the EMEA region - are also designed to speed up the time it takes for resellers to get certified on a range of the vendor’s technologies. Nortel claims it is operates an ‘ongoing strategy’ to simplify the way it interacts with channel partners and as a result it is introducing two new sets of exams, labelled ‘Segment’ and ‘Delta’. The Segment exams break the qualification process into bitesize chunks, giving students the opportunity to take a step-by-step approach to certification. Nortel has confirmed that Segment exams can be taken at the conclusion of a training class or challenged at a centre operated by its testing partner. Passing the appropriate Segment exams will yield the same certification designation as the Standard Certification exam allowing candidates to work towards an exam requirement in a more detailed phased approach if desired. Delta exams, meanwhile, have been specifically designed to test incremental knowledge and skills for a major new product release, and are targeted towards individuals holding a Nortel Professional Certification for the previous product release. A group of Segment exams associated with courses in any given training track will equate to an associated Standard, full-length exam. “The enhancements to Nortel's Certification Programme are key to helping customers and partners efficiently validate the skills they need to successfully deploy Nortel Solutions. By incorporating certification exams as part of classroom training we are saving time and money for IT professionals,” said Scott Schauer, director of global certification at Nortel. In addition to restructuring the training courses, Nortel has also expanded the breadth of its Certification Programme to introduce qualifications in the carrier and service provider space – a move it claims is in response to customer demand.

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