The Field Certified Professional Association(R) Forms to Advance the Use Of Performance-Based Testing for IT Certification; Founding Steering Committee Includes Heads of Certification at Cisco, Novell, and Red Hat

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Field Certified Professional Association(R)

    BETHESDA, Md., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Field Certified Professional
 Association(R) (FCPA(R)) officially announced its formation today.  The new
 association is dedicated to the development, promotion and implementation of
 performance-based IT testing (Field Certification(TM)) serving IT
 professionals and employing organizations whose success depends on staff with
 proven technical competence.
     The FCPA(R) Steering Committee includes the heads of performance-based
 certifications at Cisco, Novell, and Red Hat.  Others involved in the startup
 include chief information officers, IT consultants and certification managers
 from such companies as Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Checkpoint, Hewlett Packard,
 IBM, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, and other significant
 players in the key information technology industries and professions.
     FCPA(R) will be opening a "Certification Advisory Board" to Sponsoring
 Vendors, with the value-added benefit of being able to provide input or make
 recommendations as FCPA(R) builds its programs and activities in support of
 Field Certification(TM).
     FCPA(R) will serve IT vendors who already run established performance-
 based certifications, and will assist vendors to develop supplementary Field
 Certification(TM) examinations for current multiple-choice based
 certifications.  As a "vendor-neutral" certifying body, the FCPA(R) will raise
 the level, stature, and credibility of certification in the IT field.  The
 FCPR(R) (Field Certified Professional(R)) credential will be universally
 promoted as an indication of achievement and demonstrated skills.
     To enable performance-based testing, FCPA(R) is establishing an
 international network of testing centers that will provide hands-on
 examinations of job related usage of actual, live equipment or technology.
 Testing scenarios will require problem identification, diagnosis and solution
 implementation.
     "In a certification industry dominated by multiple-choice tests and 'paper
 certifications,' FCPA(R) and its founding members are charting a new path,"
 said Dr. Amir Elahi, President of Computer Analytics, Inc. and Chairman of the
 FCPA(R) Board of Directors.  FCPA(R) is formed against a backdrop of popular
 IT certifications based entirely on multiple-choice tests, which come under
 fire as "brain dumps" that can be passed by "cramming," without actual skill
 on the technologies they purport to test.
     "Something is broken in the IT certification process when the individual
 feels compelled to cram for an exam rather than learn actual technology and
 product skills," continued Dr. Elahi.  "Performance-based testing resolves
 that contradiction.  FCPA(R) founding members are changing the shape of the
 certification industry, and making IT certification meaningful again.  FCPA(R)
 and its programs will add value for both individuals and the employers."
     Lorne Braddock, Senior Manager responsible for the Cisco CCIE program,
 stated, "The new Field Certified Professional Association(R) will distinguish
 performance-based, hands-on certification programs like CCIE(TM) as
 comprehensive with practical value.  Further industry recognition and
 validation of the Cisco Career Certification program is a win-win for everyone
 involved."
     "Novell has recognized the need for practical hands-on testing in the
 increasingly one-Net environment of customers and users," said Debbie
 Maucieri, Vice President of Novell Education.  "Having an independent industry
 organization that sets standards for this type of testing and certification is
 both welcome and refreshing.  We are delighted to be a member of the
 organization and offer our support."
     "The FCPA(R) addresses a growing cry from the heads of industry, from IT
 professionals, from government and defense, and from customers everywhere, for
 testing that proves actual competency," said Peter Childers, Vice President of
 Global Learning Services at Red Hat and founder of the RHCE certification.
 "This is a historic step in improving the quality of IT certifications
 worldwide, and we are pleased to join Cisco and Novell on the FCPA(R) Steering
 Committee."
     FCPA(R) offers several categories of membership and a diversity of
 programs to assist IT professionals and their employers.  The membership
 categories include "Sponsor," "Corporate," "FCP Individual," and "Associate
 Individual" members.
     Further information on FCPA(R), the Field Certification(TM) exams in
 development, becoming a licensed testing center, and membership benefits can
 be obtained at www.fieldcertification.org or by calling FCPA(R) at
 301-656-2222.
 
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    BETHESDA, Md., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Field Certified Professional
 Association(R) (FCPA(R)) officially announced its formation today.  The new
 association is dedicated to the development, promotion and implementation of
 performance-based IT testing (Field Certification(TM)) serving IT
 professionals and employing organizations whose success depends on staff with
 proven technical competence.
     The FCPA(R) Steering Committee includes the heads of performance-based
 certifications at Cisco, Novell, and Red Hat.  Others involved in the startup
 include chief information officers, IT consultants and certification managers
 from such companies as Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Checkpoint, Hewlett Packard,
 IBM, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, and other significant
 players in the key information technology industries and professions.
     FCPA(R) will be opening a "Certification Advisory Board" to Sponsoring
 Vendors, with the value-added benefit of being able to provide input or make
 recommendations as FCPA(R) builds its programs and activities in support of
 Field Certification(TM).
     FCPA(R) will serve IT vendors who already run established performance-
 based certifications, and will assist vendors to develop supplementary Field
 Certification(TM) examinations for current multiple-choice based
 certifications.  As a "vendor-neutral" certifying body, the FCPA(R) will raise
 the level, stature, and credibility of certification in the IT field.  The
 FCPR(R) (Field Certified Professional(R)) credential will be universally
 promoted as an indication of achievement and demonstrated skills.
     To enable performance-based testing, FCPA(R) is establishing an
 international network of testing centers that will provide hands-on
 examinations of job related usage of actual, live equipment or technology.
 Testing scenarios will require problem identification, diagnosis and solution
 implementation.
     "In a certification industry dominated by multiple-choice tests and 'paper
 certifications,' FCPA(R) and its founding members are charting a new path,"
 said Dr. Amir Elahi, President of Computer Analytics, Inc. and Chairman of the
 FCPA(R) Board of Directors.  FCPA(R) is formed against a backdrop of popular
 IT certifications based entirely on multiple-choice tests, which come under
 fire as "brain dumps" that can be passed by "cramming," without actual skill
 on the technologies they purport to test.
     "Something is broken in the IT certification process when the individual
 feels compelled to cram for an exam rather than learn actual technology and
 product skills," continued Dr. Elahi.  "Performance-based testing resolves
 that contradiction.  FCPA(R) founding members are changing the shape of the
 certification industry, and making IT certification meaningful again.  FCPA(R)
 and its programs will add value for both individuals and the employers."
     Lorne Braddock, Senior Manager responsible for the Cisco CCIE program,
 stated, "The new Field Certified Professional Association(R) will distinguish
 performance-based, hands-on certification programs like CCIE(TM) as
 comprehensive with practical value.  Further industry recognition and
 validation of the Cisco Career Certification program is a win-win for everyone
 involved."
     "Novell has recognized the need for practical hands-on testing in the
 increasingly one-Net environment of customers and users," said Debbie
 Maucieri, Vice President of Novell Education.  "Having an independent industry
 organization that sets standards for this type of testing and certification is
 both welcome and refreshing.  We are delighted to be a member of the
 organization and offer our support."
     "The FCPA(R) addresses a growing cry from the heads of industry, from IT
 professionals, from government and defense, and from customers everywhere, for
 testing that proves actual competency," said Peter Childers, Vice President of
 Global Learning Services at Red Hat and founder of the RHCE certification.
 "This is a historic step in improving the quality of IT certifications
 worldwide, and we are pleased to join Cisco and Novell on the FCPA(R) Steering
 Committee."
     FCPA(R) offers several categories of membership and a diversity of
 programs to assist IT professionals and their employers.  The membership
 categories include "Sponsor," "Corporate," "FCP Individual," and "Associate
 Individual" members.
     Further information on FCPA(R), the Field Certification(TM) exams in
 development, becoming a licensed testing center, and membership benefits can
 be obtained at www.fieldcertification.org or by calling FCPA(R) at
 301-656-2222.
 
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