HP Certification Program Restructured and New Cloud Computing Credentials Added
- By Linda Musthaler
- Published December 26, 2011
We promised you more information on the big doings over at HP's certification program, and here it is! Read this article to learn about changes to the structure of the HP certification program and how the new cloud computing certifications fit in.
In the past month or two, HP has made some significant enhancements to the global HP ExpertONE training and certification program. The changes were made to benefit IT professionals who architect, implement or administer solutions based on HP technologies as well as HP's channel partners.
Revamped HP ExpertONE certification structure
As of November 1, 2011, HP ExpertONE offers two certification tracks: Career certifications for all IT professionals, and Affiliate certifications for HP employees and HP reseller channel partners. HP has consolidated and renamed its certifications to reflect the broader range of job skills they cover and to simplify the certification portfolio.
The Career certification track is designed for technical professionals interested in furthering their careers and opportunities working with HP products and solutions. This new structure offers 4 levels of achievement:
- Master - The credential brand is HP Master Accredited Solutions Expert, or HP Master ASE. This brand replaces the previous certification HP Master Accredited Systems Engineer.
- Expert - The credential brand is HP Accredited Solutions Expert, or HP ASE. This brand replaces the previous certification HP Accredited Systems Engineer.
- Professional - The credential brand is HP Accredited Technical Professional, or HP ATP. This brand replaces the previous certification brands HP Accredited Integration Specialist (HP AIS); HP Certified Systems Administrator (HP CSA); and HP Certified Systems Engineer (HP CSE).
- Associate - The credential brand is HP Accredited Technical Associate, or HP ATA. This is a new offering as of November 1, 2011 and it is available through HP Institute. When current versions of HP AIS, HP CSE or HP CSA certifications are updated, they will be versioned into this new structure beginning January 1, 2012.
The Affiliate certification track is restricted to HP channel partners, HP employees and authorized self-maintainers. The Affiliate track includes 3 job roles: Sales, Technical and Support.
- Sales Certified - The credential brand is HP Sales Certified, and it replaces the previous certification HP Accredited Sales Professional (HP ASP).
- Advanced Sales Certified - The credential brand is HP Advanced Sales Certified, and it replaces the previous certification HP Accredited Sales Consultant (HP ASC).
- Technical Certified I - The credential brand is HP Technical Certified I and it replaces the previous certification HP Accredited Presales Professional (HP APP).
- Technical Certified II - The credential brand is HP Technical Certified II and it replaces the previous certification HP Accredited Presales Consultant (HP APC).
- Support Certified - The credential brand is HP Support Certified and it replaces the previous certification HP Accredited Platform Specialist.
When current versions of ASC, ASP, APP, and APS certifications are updated, they will be versioned into this new structure, a process which began on November 1, 2011.
Cloud Computing Certifications
HP ExpertONE recently announced three high level cloud certifications. The new certifications added to the HP ExpertONE Converged Infrastructure program focus on HP CloudSystem. HP CloudSystem is an integrated and open platform for building and managing services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments.
- The HP Accredited Solutions Expert (ASE) Cloud Architect certification is an expert level credential that allows you to identify, position and tailor customer solutions based on HP CloudSystem.
- The HP ASE Cloud Integrator certification is an expert level credential that enables you to build, install and integrate IT-focused cloud solutions based on HP Cloud Service Automation for Matrix and provisioning software for cloud services.
- The HP Master ASE - Cloud Integrator certification is a master level credential that enables you to build, install and integrate hybrid enterprise and service provider cloud solutions based on HP CloudSystem and HP Converged Infrastructure.
Visit the HP ExpertONE website for more details about the certification tracks.