Following quickly on the heels of the announcement that CNet Training has been approved as an Associate College of Anglia Ruskin University, and with the aim of bringing together the technical minds and vision of global industry leaders to help scope the future technical education requirements for the data center sector, CNet Training has created the Technical Curriculum Advisory Board (TCAB).

Board members represent the most high-profile influencers from across the world, including organizations such as Uber, Sky, CBRE, eBay, Bloomberg, IBM, Equinix, Digital Realty, Switch, Paige DataCom, Stream, Anixter, JPMorgan Chase, and the iMasons. Members will liaise with CNet’s director of technical education, Adrian Jones and Dr. Terri Simpkin, HE & FE Principal at CNet Training to deliberate current and future technical requirements of the data center and network infrastructure sectors, and contribute to the curricula proposed by CNet for education programs throughout the global digital infrastructure education framework. These valuable discussions will ensure program content aligns to international Standards, complies with regulations and codes of practice, reflects current trends and emerging technology, and ensure it meets organizational needs whilst actively contributing to facilitating talented individuals’ professional development.

The creation of the TCAB follows the recent announcement of CNet being named as an Associate College of the renowned Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge, UK. This accolade confirms a long-term working relationship with ARU following the outstanding success of the world’s first and only master’s degree in data center leadership and management, and provides CNet with responsibility for full delivery of the program. Much of the success of this academically challenging master’s degree program is contributed to the CNet in-house Masters team who update the content on a rolling basis to ensure it remains relevant to the ever-changing industry, however to help this process they also invite industry leaders to be guest tutors to share experiences which adds tremendous value to learners.

 “I'm delighted and honoured to be part of this amazing team and help shape the curriculum for the future. CNet is a leader in the industry with amazing and thorough technical classes designed to meet the exact needs of the industry and the people within it. I look forward to helping assure there are qualified and certified candidates to fill the massive amount of open positions in facilities and compute,” said Carrie Goetz, global director, technology, Paige DataCom Solutions.

It is this external academia rigor and huge support from industry leaders which ensures that CNet’s technical education continues to evolve to the next level and encourages further influencers to contribute to the content of all CNet’s technical education programs.

“As an organization we are 100% focused on quality and delivering the most unbiased technical education. CNet is the only industry dedicated education provider to be approved by the world’s largest education company, Pearson, to award professional qualifications. This, coupled with our strong focus on quality, proves that we take education seriously. Now, with the finalisation of the Technical Curriculum Advisory Board and the exceptional support we have from leaders throughout the industry, and the world, we can work together to further advance the industry with knowledge, skills and high quality professional development,” said Andrew Stevens, CNet’s CEO.

 Introducing More Experience to CNet’s Technical Team

With the growing popularity of CNet’s network infrastructure programs across the UK, in Ireland and the USA, the company has added further technical resource to its growing team of instructors.

Tony Clare has joined the CNet technical team and will initially deliver the Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®), and will progress to deliver the level 4 Certified Network Infrastructure Technician (CNIT®) and the high level Certified Network Infrastructure Design Professional (CNIDP®).

The suite of network infrastructure programs follows a path of natural progression throughout the sector. Level three CNCI® certified individuals demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge, skills, and expertise in network infrastructure, the level 4 CNIT® takes existing network infrastructure skills to new levels to successfully control and deliver major infrastructure projects, whilst the high level five CNIDP® pulls together all current experience and skills to complete a detailed network infrastructure design project and deliver this to the market via an effective tender response.

Over the last twelve months in particular both the CNCI® and the CNIDP® have grown in popularity and have become recognized as the standard certifications for the sector and are being specified within tender documentation for new builds and refurbishments throughout the UK.

“We are delighted to welcome Tony on board. In addition to his extensive project management, bid management and hands on installation experience, Tony has received an award for his health and safety ability. I am sure our network infrastructure learners across the world will benefit greatly from Tony’s breadth of knowledge,” said Stevens.