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July 10, 2007

Cisco Drops Prometric Training Centers

Filed under: CCIE Written,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 4:13 pm

And any other training centers that they were using except Pearson/Vue.  I was initially disappointed by this announcement because I have always used Prometric.  Not only have I only used Prometric, but I’ve used the same Prometric location for every single IT exam I’ve ever taken (19 over 8 years).  I am lucky in that this exam center is about 5 miles from my house.  Well, it turns out that they are a Pearson/Vue testing center as well.  It looks like I’ll still be using them.

This announcement does not affect the CCIE certification, except for the written test.

I quickly looked at their FAQ, but the reason for going to Pearson/Vue exclusively is kind of vague, but I am willing to bet that this is to prevent the leaking of Cisco tests.  It looks like they may be implementing biometric identifcation for future tests.  Be ready to give a blood sample in order to get that CCNA  🙂

Why is Cisco moving to a single-vendor model?

As global demand increases for Cisco certifications, and in response to valuable customer feedback, it is critical that we improve and make more agile our global certification systems. Shifting to a primary support vendor worldwide will advance test security through the deployment of advanced biometric and data forensic technologies, facilitate the rapid localization of exams around the world, and allow for increased certification scalability and coverage.

Here’s the email that I received:

Cisco and Pearson VUE partner to expand access to Cisco certification and safeguard integrity of global exams

We’re pleased to announce that Pearson VUE will be the single vendor of Cisco® certification exams worldwide, effective August 1, 2007. We’re very excited about this change, and we’re confident that as a valued Cisco customer, you’ll benefit from the new level of security, global access, and innovative technology that will now be available through this collaboration. Cisco and Pearson VUE are partnering to create a new standard for individual information technology certifications and specialization exams, elevating them to the level of prestigious professional certification and licensure programs. As a result of this change, all individual Cisco technical certification exams for Cisco customers and partners will need to be scheduled through Pearson VUE. July 31, 2007, is the last date to take a Cisco exam through Prometric.

As global demand increases for individual Cisco certifications, it is critical that we improve and make our global certification systems more agile. Hence, we need to scale and optimize our test delivery—that is, the administration of Cisco certifications such as Cisco CCNA® and CCIE®. Traditionally, Cisco has used two core test delivery partners worldwide to deliver our individual certification exams: Pearson VUE and Prometric. However, after significant research, Pearson VUE was chosen as Cisco’s single testing partner. Pearson VUE was selected for the following reasons:

• Unparalleled global reach
• Forward-thinking policies and vision of technical resource recruitment
• Ability to scale to new countries with new requirements
• Ability to meet forecasted demands
• Ability to deliver on additional investments to secure Cisco’s test delivery technology

Our expectation is that shifting to a primary vendor strategy worldwide will allow us to advance test security through the deployment of advanced biometric technologies. Having a primary vendor will also facilitate the rapid localization of exams around the world, and allow for increased certification scalability and coverage.

Pearson VUE has more than 4000 test centers in 162 countries worldwide. If you previously utilized a Prometric testing center to take Cisco certifications, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with your local Pearson VUE testing center: Test Center Locator.

We’ve also tried to anticipate as many of your questions as possible and have included detailed information on our Certifications Online Support tool. These FAQs will be updated regularly as new information and developments are announced. If you have questions that are not addressed, please contact the Cisco Certification Online Support Team. If you would like additional information about taking a Cisco test at Pearson VUE, you will find a complete listing of customer service phone numbers at the Pearson VUE Website.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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