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Apr 19 2013   4:50PM GMT

D-Link Certification Program Gets a Shake-Up

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Until I saw the latest post (undated, viewed on 4/19/13) at Mirek Burejko’s excellent ITCertificationMaster website, I didn’t even *know* that D-Link had a certification program. But gosh, they do and it even embraces three tiers — Associate, Professional, and Engineer — as depicted in the overall program map I snatched from the D-Link Australia site.


What you see here is a basic certification ladder, where the DNDA (Associate) involves taking a 6-hour online self-paced theory only course that covers  fundamentals of switching, storage, wireless, security and surveillance networking (registration link). There are four different DCNP credentials for Switch, Wireless, Firewall, and Surveillance topics. Earning a DCNE requires first earning the DNDA, and then the first three DNCP credentials (Surveillance is the only one NOT required, in other words), then taking a course and an exam. I’ve contacted D-Link USA to ask them about plans to import this program to North America, and will report back as soon as I hear further about this. Very interesting!

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