Cisco Career Certifications Awarded American National Standards

Cisco Career Certifications Awarded American National Standards
Institute Accreditation 
Achievement Demonstrates Compliance With Rigorous, Internationally
Recognized Standards 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/16/13 --  Underscoring its
leadership and commitment to excellence in education, Cisco (NASDAQ:
CSCO) today announced the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) accreditation of several Cisco(R) Career Certifications under
the Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. Cisco
is the first vendor to offer a robust networking certification
portfolio that meets the ANSI accreditation standard.  
The ANSI accreditation process (based on the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024
standard) provides a global benchmark for personnel certification
programs to ensure that they operate in a consistent, comparable and
reliable manner worldwide, providing individuals with skills that
translate internationally. ANSI accreditation signifies that the
certification holder has attained a certification designed to the
highest industry requirements, and that Cisco has met, and continues
to meet, standards for quality improvement, underscoring the validity
and integrity of its program as the industry standard of IT
networking certifications. 
Key Facts: 

--  ANSI accreditation has been granted for the following Cisco
    --  Cisco CCNA(R) (for Routing and Switching)
    --  Cisco CCNP(R) (for Routing and Switching)
    --  CCNA Security
    --  CCNP Security
--  ANSI is a member of the International Accreditation Forum, which
    provides criteria and guidelines for vendor-independent standardizing
    of the assessment and credential process. ANSI also represents the
    U.S. in the International Organization for Standardization.
--  Nearly 30 countries are involved in accrediting personnel
    certification programs based on ISO/IEC 17024.
--  ANSI has been named the approved accreditor of certification bodies by
    the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its Information Assurance
    (IA) Workforce Improvement Program.
--  The ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee approved the
    accreditation on Dec. 4, 2012.

Supporting Quotes: 

--  Dr. Roy Swift, senior director of personnel crede
    accreditation programs at ANSI, said: "ANSI commends Cisco for
    achieving accreditation and demonstrating its commitment to the
    continual improvement of its credentialing program. Accreditation by
    ANSI demonstrates compliance to a rigorous internationally recognized
    accreditation process and creates a valuable market distinction for
    these Cisco credentials."
--  Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager
    atLearning@Cisco, said: "We are continuously raising the bar with our
    certification programs to ensure we align with future job roles and
    meet the highest standards in the industry for learning programs.
    Cisco is first to market with a networking certification that meets
    this ANSI accreditation standard. With our newly accredited Security
    and Route and Switch certifications, we have set a new standard for
    skills in networking that demonstrates leadership and differentiation
    of our program. Individuals that certify with Cisco can be assured
    that they have achieved something significant in their education that
    maps directly to the industry and the job roles of networking
    engineers. They can also be assured that they will be well-positioned
    for where the jobs are going in our industry. We want everyone
    certifying with Cisco to maximize their personal potential while also
    increasing the ROI of their organization's network infrastructure.
    ANSI accreditation is one of a number of efforts under way to make
    sure the value of certification remains high and reflects and
    validates real-world skills that are relevant to the marketplace."
--  Patrick Finn, senior vice president, U.S. Public Sector, Cisco, said:
    "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. 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."

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