BICSI and Cisco Team to Advance Technology Education
BICSI and Cisco share a common mission in advancing the information technology industry and the systems that support today’s evolving business infrastructure. Under the terms of the agreement, BICSI and Cisco will provide educational and training opportunities in addition to credentials and certifications for each other’s current customer and membership base. The synergy provides a great avenue for additional educational opportunities for both organizations’ customers.
“This is a very important first step for BICSI and one that will bring new CEC opportunities for our credential holders,” said Brian Hansen, BICSI president, RCDD, NTS, CSI. “This is a huge benefit for those who are looking for more opportunities to get CECs without having to travel far distances. Cisco offers instructor-led training through authorized learning partners around the world, self-assessments, mobile learning and e-learning products, and this global, customized approach will help solidify BICSI’s stance in getting CECs for our global community as well.”
Under the agreement, Cisco will provide training and certifications for the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model’s network layer, whereas BICSI offers training courses and credentials for those who work in the OSI physical and data link layers.
Active Cisco CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Security, CCDA, CCNP CCSP, CCNP Voice, CCNP Wireless, CCNP Security, and CCDP certification holders will benefit from discounts on BICSI products such as data center, installation, network and security courses and manuals, as well as BICSI standards.
BICSI members will be able to receive additional Continuing Educational Credits (CECs) by taking approved Cisco courses, such as Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices and Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures.
“There are only a few areas in the economy where jobs and opportunities for employment are recession-proof, and the dynamic networking field is one of them,” said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Learning@Cisco. “As we continue to see double-digit growth in the job market for network architects, engineers, technicians and security specialists, we are working with industry leaders to extend our reach into new communities to assist the growth of talent for the industry. Every major technology trend--including mobility, virtualization, cloud and video--relies on a highly secure, resilient network that is prepared to deliver these services. Cisco intends to meet this growth demand by helping prepare qualified individuals with the skills and experience to build, troubleshoot and repair these types of networks and infrastructure. By teaming with BICSI, we are able to help more aspiring networking professionals become engaged with this exciting industry and develop the skills to match changing business requirements and new job roles.”
Nearly two dozen Cisco courses have currently been approved for BICSI CECs.