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May 21, 2008

Participate in the Design of Cisco Certifications????

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 7:05 am
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I received an email last week from something called  It is for an enticing offer to:

Participate in the Development of Cisco Career Certifications
In order to maintain the relevance and quality of our certification exams, Cisco routinely asks external Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to participate in job task analysis, domain identification and exam development.  SMEs are crucial to the process and help ensure Cisco Career Certifications remain among the most highly regarded in the industry. This is a legitimate offer from Cisco for you to participate in this unique opportunity.

I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be an SME in?  I assume that this email was sent to all (or a certain subset) of Cisco certified folks.  You send in a resume and hope you get picked.

Networking Engineer Job Task Analysis Workshop
June 16-20, in Boxborough, Massachusetts (outside Boston)
SEEKING:  Engineers who plan, design, implement, operate, monitor and troubleshoot multi-site, multi-protocol, multi-service (data, voice, video, wireless) networks
Must work in environment featuring large number of networking devices
Job role can be IT staff, field, or managerial
Experience in specifying tasks that others accomplish

SMEs will be asked to:
Attend a five-day job task analysis workshop at a Cisco office in Boxborough, Mass. (outside of Boston).  For those from out of the area, air travel and lodging to attend the workshop will be reimbursed up to $4000 USD.
Participate with SME peers and Cisco staff in writing and reviewing documentation pertaining to the domain skills required of Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIE)s in Routing and Switching.  SMEs need to be able to work independently and in small groups.  SMEs must have strong writing skills and should be able to articulate thoughts in writing and verbally.

Ummmm…..BOXBOROUGH???  I thought for sure that this was some spammer screwing up (twice) the spelling of Foxborough, but it turns out that there is actually a small town about 30 miles outside of Boston called Boxborough.  So maybe it is legit?  If so, it sounds pretty sweet.  They will pay you for your travel and your time – most likely less than a week of work, but if you have vacation to burn it’s worth it.  You also get free snacks 🙂 and a voucher for a Cisco exam (not the lab though).  If you were already planning a trip to Boxborough then this is your Golden Ticket!  🙂

SMEs will receive (pending full level of participation):
All information and materials required to complete the given tasks.
Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages during meeting days.  Dietary restrictions will be accommodated.
Recognition for you and your organization (if provided) on Cisco certification community sites.
A stipend of $300 USD per day.
A voucher (coupon) to take one Cisco certification exam at any Pearson VUE testing facility, free of charge.  (Offer excludes lab exams taken at Cisco facilities.).
Priority placement (if desired) in beta test of new CCNP level training course, free of charge.
A certificate of participation.
A Cisco logo golf shirt.

SME Requirements:
Two years networking experience and CCNP certified.
Strong communication and English skills.
Commitment to participate fully for five 8-hour days.
Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) signed prior to participation.  
Ability to independently obtain visa and any necessary authorization for travel.
Submit an updated resume that highlights your experience in:

Troubleshooting tier 2+ networking issues and resolving escalations
Configuring security solutions or “hardening” the network
Identification and mitigation of network performance issues
NOTE: SMEs outside the U.S. are encouraged to apply if a visa can be obtained.

I’ll be in Reno attending the IE Mocklab Workshop during that time, so I won’t be able to attend – even though I think that it was pretty unlikely that I would be chosen.  🙂



  1. I can confirm that there is a Cisco office in Boxborough, MA but I don’t know why this wouldn’t have come from a address if it was a legit offer. I also don’t know anyone who has heard of this type of offer.

    Comment by JC — May 21, 2008 @ 12:02 pm | Reply


    The mail is valid; all > CCNPs probably got it 😉

    Comment by Tassos — May 22, 2008 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  3. LOL. Should I be offended that I haven’t got this particular invite? This is the second time I’ve seen it now. I think Cisco is leaving me out! 🙂

    Boxborough is in the Boston area. That’s where all the Cisco guys that service our account work out of. They’ve invited us down several times for various demos, but we’re always too busy to make it. I hear it’s a nice campus, though.

    Comment by Ethan Banks — May 22, 2008 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  4. When will they announce the winners? I’m too a CCNP and received and applied for it.

    Comment by Josh — May 27, 2008 @ 11:04 am | Reply

  5. Hi

    they announed the winners few weeks ago , and i am happy to I’ll be part of it !
    I have been selected to particpate to this workshop

    Comment by Jeremy — June 5, 2008 @ 7:05 am | Reply

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