Cisco Adds Entry-level Certification for On-site Techs

By D.H. Kass

August 25, 2011

Cisco Systems Inc. has initiated a new certification aimed at on-site technicians supporting and maintaining the vendor’s routers, switches, TelePresence and data center technology.

The entry-level Cisco Certified Technician (CCT), which was developed by the vendor’s Technical Assistance Center (TAC) certifies the skills of field hardware engineers that support Cisco gear with the TAC.

The CCT certification is available in three tracks—Routing & Switching, TelePresence and Data Center.

Candidates are required to attain the CCT Routing & Switching certification before achieving the CCT Data Center or CCT Telepresence badges and must pass a 90-minute exam for each technology area. Exams are available immediately at all Pearson VUE testing facilities worldwide and cost $125 apiece.

“Onsite IT technicians and their employers responsible for support of Cisco networking equipment now have a formal way to qualify their ability to work with a customer's critical networking infrastructure,” said. Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Learning@Cisco vice president and general manager.

“Technicians become members of the largest community of networking professionals in the industry, and have the opportunity to expand their support, implementation and design skills through additional Cisco authorized training and certification programs,” Beliveau-Dunn said.

Cisco is offering online training for each track as a one-year subscription from Cisco Learning Network store at $299 per track.

The vendor’s other entry-level certification is the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT).