Symantec Corporation has announced the launch of Symantec’s Product Certification Program in The Philippines. Offered through Symantec Education Services, the program combines technical credentials for Symantec data protection, high availability and security into a single program, covering the company’s broad product portfolio. This formal certification program enables IT professionals to strengthen their professional development and enhance their careers by earning technical credentials for Symantec solutions.
To deliver the Symantec Certification Program in The Philippines, Symantec has appointed Edupro, Inc., Sun Microsystems Philippines (SunPhil) and WordText Systems, Inc. (WSI), as education partners. The certification program will equip IT professionals with a high level of technical competency that will ensure Symantec technology maximizes performance and reduces an organization’s overall IT risk.
“For IT managers to get the most benefit out of their technology investment, their teams must be fully skilled in the features and functions of their tools,” said Cushing Anderson, program vice president, IDC Research. “IDC Research shows that training, and ultimately certification, represents the most effective way to ensure a team has the right skills to fully leverage the benefits built into new technologies.”
Unified Certification Program
Symantec’s Certification program introduces new certification exams, a consistent set of exam preparation materials for all certification paths and an online Certification Forum to facilitate collaboration among certification candidates and certified professionals. By providing a unified certification program that spans Symantec’s entire solutions portfolio, Symantec now offers IT professionals a streamlined and consistent framework for earning credentials that verify their competence in Symantec data protection, high availability and security technologies.
“Certification offers a consistent, standardised measurement of an individual’s technical capabilities and indicates that an IT professional has mastered a high level of product competency,” said Suzie Tan, director for strategic market development, Asia South Region, Symantec. “Certification is an important step for organisations looking to maintain a talented IT team with high-caliber credentials and technical knowledge needed to solve complex IT issues and avoid system downtime that could result in loss of business. At the same time, IT professionals can leverage these credentials to advance their career and distinguish themselves among their peers in the industry.”
Although certification exams may vary in complexity and depth, all exams cover core product elements, measuring technical knowledge against factors such as installation, configuration, product administration and day-to-day maintenance. Exams are computer-based and delivered at the more than 4,000 secure, standardised and geographically dispersed Prometric testing centers located in more than 135 countries worldwide.
New Education Partners in Philippines
“The appointment of Edupro, SunPhil and WSI in The Philippines demonstrates our commitment to help businesses in The Philippines get the most from their investment in Symantec software and their IT functions,” said Tan. “Edupro, SunPhil and WSI have proven track records in offering IT training services, they will play an integral role in delivering quality and world-class trainings for Symantec Education Services.”
Commenting on the partnership, Jaime Garchitorena, President of Edupro said, “We are honored to be selected by Symantec as an education partner and we look forward to working together in establishing Symantec’s Education services in The Philippines. We have 13 years of experience in education services and our partnership with Symantec is in line with our mission to raise the ante of our training curriculum.” Edupro operates a Prometric testing center for Symantec in The Philippines.
In addition Dr Cynthia Mamon, president and managing director of Sun Microsystems Philippines said, “As Internet security threats are growing and getting more sophisticated, developing skilled personnel on Symantec technologies and best practices will ensure that IT professionals are well equipped to secure and manage their IT infrastructure.”
The education courses currently available in The Philippines comprise Symantec Endpoint Protection, Symantec Network Access Control, Symantec Enterprise Vault, Veritas NetBackup, Symantec Backup Exec, and Veritas Storage Foundation. More information on Symantec Education schedule for Philippines in 2008 is available at http://eval.symantec.com/en/SG/downloads/edu/calendar_ph.pdf. More information regarding specific certifications for Symantec products can be found at: http://www.symantec.com/business/training/certification/path.jsp?pathID=available_certifications.