Nortel Networks Introduces New Design and Certs

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Nortel Networks recently released two new certifications, designed for professionals experienced in support and design. The new certifications include a Design Expert certification in Contivity Security and a Support Specialist certification in Baystack/Business Policy Switch (BPS).




The Nortel Networks Certified Design Expert (NNCDE) – Contivity Security certification is Nortel’s latest edition to its security solutions certification suite. The release of this new credential emphasizes the need for engineers who design and plan Nortel solutions that deliver secure access to Web sites and networks.




To earn the NNCDE – Contivity Security certification, candidates must first earn the Nortel Networks Certified Design Specialist (NNCDS) certification in Contivity VPN Switch. Then, a single exam is required, #920-441, the Contivity Security exam. In addition, Nortel recommends six to 12 months of related work experience. Exam #920-441 covers network design configurations (42 percent of the exam); QOS Designs and Traffic Utilization (14 percent); Security Considerations (20 percent); Authentication and Encryption (19 percent); and Troubleshooting Resources (5 percent).




The Nortel Networks Certified Support Specialist (NNCSS) – Baystack/BPS certification is targeted to professionals who manage network demand in addition to installing, maintaining, configuring and performing daily operational tasks for the Baystack/Business Policy Switch product from Nortel Networks. This product provides quality of service to the desktop, improves network manageability and enables network growth. 




Candidates for the NNCSS – Baystack/BPS certification must pass the Baystack/Business Policy Switch exam, #920-123. Nortel recommends candidates get three to six months of related work experience before attempting the test. This exam covers product fundamentals (30 percent); configuration (37 percent); troubleshooting (23 percent); performance management (7 percent); and security management (3 percent).




To learn more about certifications available through Nortel Networks, visit

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