Among my many and various jobs (the life of a freelancer is often about changing hats frequently, which means keeping up with a large hat-rack and regular rotation of chapeaux), I moderate discussion groups on several forums at the HP Learning Center. Yesterday, I got a little bit blind-sided on the site when one of the online students asked about an HP certification program called ONEexpert. I dutifully poked around in my favorite search engines (Google and Bing) and couldn’t turn up anything, which I likewise reported to my interlocutor.
What I didn’t do then, but did do this morning, was to visit the HP Certification pages. What I immediately discovered was that HP has renamed its entire certification programs to “HP ExpertONE” as the following screen snip proclaims quite explicitly:
I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that the student inverted the order of the names in asking about the HP program: there’s really not much difference between ONEexpert and ExpertOne — except to a search engine, which is why I initially missed the boat on his query. But it looks like HP rebranded its cert programs around October 20, 2010 (see this overview article “HP ExpertONE Certifications Announced” for more information on the details).
Among the many interesting features of this program are the following:
- HP will recognize existing certs from other vendors as credit applicable to their credentials. Thus, for example, a valid CCNP on wireless networks exempts candidates from sitting for the AIS exam on that same topic. Likewise, various MCTS and/or MCITP certs get candidates out of lower-level HP exams as well.
- HP has reorganized its offerings into “Certification Portfolios” around the topics of converged infrastructure (media, telephony, and conventional networking), basic networking (switches, routers, and so forth), and storage topics.
- HP is no longer taking a vendor-exclusive approach to certifications, and freely admits and covers third-party hardware and software elements in its various programs and offerings these days (though not as much as they cover their own gear and software, as you’d expect from a vendor-sponsored certification program).