ANSI Accredits Cisco Career Certifications, Bolstering Networking and Security Workforce

ANSI Accredits Cisco Career Certifications, Bolstering Networking and Security
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PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American National
Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization
system and a global leader in conformity assessment, is pleased to announce
the accreditation of several Cisco Career Certifications under ANSI's
Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies.

A multinational corporation based in San Jose, California, Cisco specializes
in networking devices and products that make it easier to effectively
distribute and route data, voice, and video feeds to corporate and
organizational clients, as well as other products and services. The ANSI
accreditation was granted to Cisco for the following certifications:

  oCisco CCNA® (Cisco Certified Network Associate) for Routing and Switching
  oCisco CCNP® (Cisco Certified Network Professional) for Routing and
    Switching
  oCCNA Security
  oCCNP Security

Cisco's accreditation was approved by the ANSI Personnel Certification
Accreditation Committee on Tuesday, December 4. The accreditation decision is
based on a comprehensive review of the documentation, as well as onsite
verification by the assessment team to assess compliance to the standard.

"ANSI commends Cisco for achieving accreditation and demonstrating its
commitment to the continual improvement of its credentialing program," said
Dr. Roy Swift, senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation
programs at ANSI. "Accreditation by ANSI demonstrates compliance to a rigorous
internationally recognized accreditation process and creates a valuable market
distinction for these Cisco credentials."

"As job roles continue to evolve with advancements in technology, it's vital
that Cisco continues to offer the certification programs that allow
individuals to maximize the investment in their education and increase the ROI
of their organization's network infrastructure," said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn,
vice president and general manager of Learning@Cisco. "ANSI accreditation is
one of a number of efforts underway to make sure the value of certification
remains high and reflects and validates real-world skills that are relevant to
the marketplace."

"Cisco's world class certifications provide the technical skills and depth of
knowledge required for professionals to stand out in today's job market, while
enabling a competitive advantage for their employers," added Patrick Finn,
senior vice president, U.S. Public Sector, Cisco. "This accreditation serves
as third-party confirmation that Cisco certifications are developed to
rigorous standards and best practices recognized throughout the world,
providing additional confidence to our certification holders and their
employers that Cisco certifications continue to meet and exceed industry
standards."

This ANSI accreditation process (based on the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard) is
designed to increase the integrity, confidence, and mobility of certified
professionals. Since the launch of ANSI's Personnel Certification
Accreditation Program in 2003, the Institute has accredited 42 personnel
certification bodies across a range of industry sectors involving more than 5
million workers.

ANSI's personnel certification accreditation program was the first such
program in the United States to fulfill the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011,
Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies
accrediting conformity assessment bodies, which represents the global
benchmark for accreditation body practice. Accordingly, ANSI's accreditation
program is recognized as a world-renowned leader in personnel credentialing.

About ANSI
The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit
organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the
American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the
integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.
Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade
associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and
labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more
than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals
worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee,
the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S.
representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

SOURCE American National Standards Institute

Website: http://www.ansi.org/
Contact: Elizabeth Neiman, +1-212-642-4911, eneiman@ansi.org