Changes to HP certification on the way

Changes to HP certification on the way

Professionals equipped with official Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Compaq training prior to the companies' merger will find out the state of their accreditation when the company announces its new certification roadmap next month.

Under the new plans the company will reduce the number of certification programs offered from more than 100 to 75, affecting thousands of accredited professionals. The new scheme will see existing programs such as the Accredited Professional program from Compaq and the HP Star program fall under a single umbrella known as the HP Certified Professional. Chief architect, HP certified professional program, Brian Beneda, said that HP would repackage existing exams and courseware and announce these changes some time in February.

Beneda said professionals in some programs would see no changes while others would see a "small delta" and the remainder a "large delta".

"In every case we are creating a transition plan for somebody who is certified in any of the old programs over to the new one, maintaining as much of their investment [in either HP or Compaq certification] as possible."

For example, the old ProLiant certification "comes across with no question asked," Beneda said. "Anyone who holds that certification will continue to hold that certification."

Conversely, in areas like storage where there had been significant product line integration, and depending on the content, HP would "grandfather" people across to the new certification and "give them a period of time to complete whatever the deltas were".

HP's local certification spokesperson, Mike Wells, said the company has already contacted the certified community so that individuals who have made an investment in certification knew they had a future with that certification. For those whose certification had been phased out, HP would have told them what their migration alternatives were, Wells said.

In the Asia-Pacific region, HP has some 10,000 certified professionals.

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