Cisco Releases 12 Specialist Certs

Cisco announced a bundle of new and revamped credentials within its Specialist certification tier—12 in all—nearly two weeks ago at the company’s channel partner summit. While some of these credentials tend to be directed more toward individuals who work in Cisco’s sales channel, a lot of titles would be more broadly applicable within the IT workforce, said Don Field, director of certifications for Cisco Systems.

“Just to be clear, any of the certifications we offer are available to anyone who comes to one of our testing centers,” he explained. “We don’t decide for people what certifications people are most interested in. Generally speaking, any of the certifications that don’t have the word ‘sales’ in them have a technical component to them. They may be on the design side. They may be in implementation and operations. People in technical fields might have an interest in any of those certifications. For example, wireless tends to be a popular area for certification, and that’s true not just among channel partners, but also our customers.”

The new certifications are the Cisco Foundation Sales Specialist, Cisco Foundation Field Specialist, Cisco Foundation Design Specialist, Cisco Routing and Switching Sales Specialist, Cisco Routing and Switching Solutions Specialist, Cisco Routing and Switching Field Specialist, Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist, Cisco Security Sales Specialist, Cisco Advanced Security Field Specialist, Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Sales Specialist, Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Field Specialist and Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Design Specialist.

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