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Changes to HP certification are in the mail

Changes to HP certification are in the mail

Persons accredited with Hewlett-Packard training will be receiving the status of their certification within the next two to fours weeks following an overhaul of the company's accreditation process earlier in the month.

The new HP Certified Professional program combines the previous Compaq Accredited Professional, HP Systems Training and Recognition (STAR),and HP Certified programs into one. The former system comprised just over 100 certifications tracks. Today there are only 64.

The new program is structured with four certification focus areas: sales, presales, integration and operating systems. The integration strand includes Master Accredited Systems Engineer, Accredited Systems Engineer, Accredited Integration Specialist, and Accredited Platform Specialist. The OS strand includes the Certified Systems Engineer (CSE) and Certified System Administrator (CSA).

For the 10,000 professionals in the Asia-Pacific region mail will shortly arrive informing them of their certification changes – if any.

"We have determined all the migration paths from pre-merger into the new certification," HP's local certification spokesperson, Mike Wells, said.

Recipients of this mail will be subjected to one of three possible situations. They will either remain unaffected, require a modest update or be required to undertake new training and exams.

Those people that need to update their certification will be given 12 months to do so, otherwise that certification will be voided. "We are giving people a reasonable amount of time to retain certification," Wells said.

The reason why certified professionals would have to wait so long for their mail to arrive is because each letter would be handled manually on a case by case basis. This is because the existing information for the HP and the Compaq professionals were situated on two separate databases and it was deemed prudent to double check these by hand than machine.

However, not everyone would need to wait. "Common sense will tell them what they need to do," he said. For example, people certified in the now defunct HP NetServer range already know they need to undertake new training. In this instance it would be in ProLiant servers, which replaced the NetServer.

As an additional sweetener to the new accreditation process, Wells said the cost of undertaking exams had dropped. Previously the standard across the board exam was $US100. That had been reduced to $US62.50.

More information on the new HP Certified program can be found at www.hp.com/go/certification.


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