An Overview of HP Certification
Although it’s a big computing and technology company, in the past HP hasn’t pursued IT certification as aggressively as it’s pursued its chosen market niches (printers, servers, storage systems, test equipment and so forth). But since incorporating Compaq into HP, there is an increasing emphasis on certification offerings, programs and activities. Perhaps this reflects a “hidden value” of the Compaq acquisition, or perhaps it’s just a side effect of the work it took to integrate and rationalize its many certifications (including popular Compaq programs like the Accredited Systems Engineer, or ASE, and the Master ASE).
Those who are unfamiliar with HP’s certifications may be surprised to explore the breadth and depth these programs and related credentials cover. Table 1 lists all four of the company’s major cert categories, known collectively as the HP Certified Professional Program, along with credentials and specialties within each area. Depending on how you like to count these things, there are 10 credentials, with more than 60 specialties across all credentials. This puts HP’s certifications in the same league as those from IBM, Sun Microsystems, Cisco and other big players (and ahead of Microsoft and Novell, judging only by the number of certifications and specialties).
Accredited Sales Professional (ASP)
AlphaServer Solutions, HP 9000 Server Solutions, Network Storage Solutions, Imaging and Printing Solutions
Accredited Sales Consultant (ASC)
Enterprise Storage Solutions, StorageWorks XP, Superdome Gold, Imaging and Printing Solutions
Accredited Presales Professional (APP)