Cisco announced today that its certification program Learning@Cisco is offering two new certifications for network engineers and application developers and a new curriculum focusing on Digital Network Architecture (DNA).
The goal of these certifications and the DNA boot camp is to help industry professionals that have either network experience or developer experience learn new skills necessary for cloud computing.
Engineers, technicians, IT specialists, and developers can take these certification programs to give their employers confidence in the relevance of their skills.
“Our job is to keep aligning the workforce as job roles evolve to make sure that partners and customers always have the talent they need to make that transition happen,” said Tejas Vashi, senior director at Learning@Cisco.
The Network Programmability Design and Implementation (NPDESI) certification is designed for network engineers that want to learn crucial network programmability skills. Specifically, it will teach these engineers the importance of using programmability to achieve automation, and orchestration within their networks.
The certification to be a Network Programmability Developer (NPDEV) specialist is for software and application developers. This certification will show them how applications can be optimized with the network in mind.
This includes handling data, the fundamentals of networking and network programmability, application program interfaces (APIs), automation protocols, and controller platforms.
The Digital Network Architecture Implementations Essentials (DNAIE) boot camp is for engineers that are already rolling out DNA in their networks. It will focus on general concepts around orchestration and automation enabled by controllers in DNA, integration with other technologies, and security implementation.
These certifications need to be renewed every three years, which allows Cisco to identify new skills as technology continues to evolve.
All of this training and assessment can be delivered in multiple ways. Learning@Cisco provides virtual labs based on real lab equipment or participants can register for in-person classes led by instructors from one of Cisco’s learning partners.
Cisco has more than 220 partners to help certify and teach people around the world including companies like Fast Lane Consulting and Educational Services, Global Knowledge, and Skyline.
Learning@Cisco has been around since 1993 and offers certification programs around cloud, security, data center, Internet of Things (IoT), routing and switching, service providers, and wireless.