Cisco Adds Voice Credential to Professional-Level Cert

The Cisco Certified Voice Professional (CCVP), the newest addition to Cisco’s professional-level certifications, has been developed in response to increased demand for network professionals who can install, configure, operate and support complex Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems, company officials announced.

“It’s not every day that we introduce a new certification at the professional level of our program,” said Don Field, Cisco certification director. “Voice is a very important and large advanced technology area for Cisco. We’ve thought about the possibility of issuing a certification such as this for quite some time. It’s in the last few months, after we made the decision that we would issue such a certification, that we began building the various elements.”

Annual revenue in the VoIP industry is projected to grow 305 percent to $5 billion between 2003 and 2007, according to a recent report conducted by Infonetics Research. “The timing is pretty ripe right now to catch the wave on this,” said Dave Bailey, product manager at Cisco. “The market for Voice over IP and IP telephony has been evolving over the past four or five years or so. We know that the traditional phone market has been around for about 100 years. However, Gartner Group and Synergy are telling us that by 2007, the traditional phone companies are going to ramp down their support and no longer develop their traditional systems, because everything’s going to Voice over IP. So the market’s going to be huge.”

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