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Citrix announces certifications to decrease costs and provide better education

  • 02 August, 2005 11:31

<p>Citrix has announced improvements to its certification program - by being more targeted to individuals, the aim of the new program is to decrease the costs spent on certification, providing a better education to IT professionals. The new Citrix Certified Administrator certification program will include courses for the Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 and Citrix Password Manager 4.0.</p>
<p>For further information or should you wish to speak to a Citrix spokesperson, contact Skye Eggleton or Linda Poretti on + 61 8281 3810 or pr@howorth.com.au.</p>
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<p>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — 2 August 2005 — Citrix Systems, Inc., the global leader in access infrastructure solutions, has announced improvements to its certification programs for users of its access management products. The new training and certifications provide more flexibility, convenience and savings.</p>
<p>The Citrix Certified Administrator™ (CCA) certification program is now more beneficial for IT professionals by segmenting programs by individual product. These new programs deliver more targeted training to IT professionals and help justify the training and certification costs to managing executives. The new certifications include CCA for Citrix Presentation Server™ 4.0 and CCA for Citrix Password Manager™ 4.0. These new, product-specific certifications reflect input from training and certification candidates who want to take the CCA certification but currently administer one, specific Citrix product.</p>
<p>“Restructuring the CCA certification broadens our ability to certify more individuals and provide relevant education to each,” said Karl Liebman, senior director, consulting and education, Citrix. “This significant change in our training program enhances learning and provides important cost-benefits to our customers.”</p>
<p>New requirements and preparatory tools have been developed for both certifications. The first CCA certifications immediately available for point products from the Citrix Access Suite™ 4.0 are for Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 and Citrix Password Manager 4.0. The Citrix Certified Administrator for Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 includes a four-day instructor-led training course called Citrix Presentation Server 4.0: Administration. This course gives trainees a solid, practical foundation in the deployment and management of Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 and its components, including Web Interface and Secure Gateway. The CCA for Citrix Password Manager 4.0 includes a two-day instructor-led training course called Citrix Password Manager 4.0: Administration. Instructors lead candidates through interactive discussions and hands-on labs that teach how to install and administer Citrix Password Manager 4.0.</p>
<p>The Citrix Consulting and Education department has also developed eLearning classes to help prepare students for the instructor-led courses. These preparatory courses are comprised of two types of courses, “Architectural Overview” and “Common Management Platform Administration.” The architectural overview course for each product is designed to introduce candidates to the components, functionality and architecture of the products. The common management platform administration course is a foundation course designed as a general introduction for Citrix administrators and IT professionals to common features of the management platform for Citrix Access Suite products. The assessment given at the end of this preparatory course is a requirement for the new CCA certifications.</p>
<p>In recent years, IT professionals have witnessed a prolonged decline in salary tied specifically to obtaining technical skills and certifications. Yet, historically, IT certifications had been a necessity for career training and promotion. According to a Foote Partners’ Pay Index report released in February of this year, IT professionals saw a 4 percent increase in pay in 2004, following a 5.6 percent decline in 2003. Foote Partners placed the Citrix Certified Administrator on the “hot certifications” list, stating that it grew over 15 percent in 2004. Among many contributing factors to the past decline were CIO budget restraints and debates over valued experience versus certification credentials. The new CCA model eliminates costs of unnecessary training and allows users to secure critical, real-time credentials that can be immediately applied to an IT professional’s current workplace.</p>
<p>“This formula will be followed with future Citrix products as certifications are developed for each,” said Liebman. “And as companies prioritise access infrastructure and implement new Citrix solutions, candidates can more easily add to their credentials as they learn to administer additional products.”</p>
<p>Please visit www.citrix.com/edu for more information regarding the CCA and other Citrix certifications.</p>
<p>About Citrix Education</p>
<p>Citrix Education focuses on meeting the training needs associated with Citrix products and technology. Training is provided either through eLearning or at locations around the world through Citrix Authorised Learning Centers™ (CALC) and delivered by Citrix Certified Instructors™ (CCI). Certifications are comprised of both proctored exams administered by an independent third party company and eLearning assessments.</p>
<p>About Citrix</p>
<p>Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader in access infrastructure and the most trusted name in secure access. More than 160,000 organisations around the world use the Citrix Access Platform to provide secure, well-managed access to business information wherever it lives – on demand. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies, 99% of the Fortune 500 and 97% of the Fortune Global 500, as well as hundreds of thousands of smaller businesses and individuals. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Citrix has offices in 22 countries and approximately 6,200 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. For more information visit http://www.citrix.com.</p>

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