Networking vendor, D-Link, has retired in decade-old D-Link Certified Engineer (DCE) certification in favour of a more comprehensive skills training program for partners.
The new D-Link Certified Network Engineer (DCNE) qualification will involve a two-day technical training course, followed by exams in up to three disciplines: security, switch and wireless.
A/NZ marketing director, Maurice Famularo, said DCNE would require higher level of networking knowledge than the certificate it replaced.
"The entry point for the DCNE is much higher than the old DCE which started at a very low level of networking knowledge - even taking the time to explain the difference between a switch and a hub," he said. "You will need to understand a lot more about LANs, switches and network security before you even start the DCNE."
The DCNE will be based on a two-day course, which will tour A/NZ every few months. The full course will cost $250. Security, switch and wireless exams are $50 each, or all three can be taken for $100.
D-Link expects up to 50 attendees at each session and thinks it will train around 500 DCNE's over three rounds this year.
The initial round of training will be held in Melbourne (March 21-22), Brisbane (March 28-29), Auckland (April 3-4) and Sydney (April 10-11).
Famularo said the next round, tentatively set for July, would probably add Perth dates and replace Auckland with Christchurch.
As each round was conducted, different states and territories would be covered, he said.
D-Link was also planning to update the certification every 12-24 months with new content, but had yet to reach a final decision on how long the DCNE would remain current between upgrades, Famularo said.