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Cisco Partners With Pearson To Boost Networking Certifications

Pearson VUE will be the primary provider of Cisco's professional certification exams, which include Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert.

Cisco Systems and Pearson VUE, a company that provides testing services for academic admissions, teamed up on Wednesday to create a new standard for individual IT certifications.

Starting next month, Pearson VUE will serve as the primary provider of Cisco's professional certification exams, which include Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE).

The two companies hope to preserve the value of certification to employers, improve recruitment efforts in the United States and other countries, and help with the retention of technical talent in networking.

The exams will be available at remote locations around the world. Exam content will be protected with security measures like the use of layered biometrics, which authenticate users through tokens and smart cards combined with digital certificates.

"Our overall goal for developing technical talent is to have the right people, in the right place, at the right time so that our customers and partners have the best possible experience with our technology," said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, senior director of Learning@Cisco, in a statement.

Pearson VUE also plans to become the primary provider of other Cisco technical certifications and specialization exams, which were previously administered by various testing services companies.

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