BICSI and Cisco Team to Advance Technology Education

By Bicsi, PRNE
Monday, February 14, 2011

Collaboration will further world-class technology training

TAMPA, Florida, February 15, 2011 - BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems
(ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, has
teamed up with Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, to work together to
provide world-class technology training and education to the ITS industry.

BICSI and Cisco share a common mission in advancing the information
technology industry and the systems that support today's evolving business
infrastructure. Under the terms of the agreement, BICSI and Cisco will
provide educational and training opportunities in addition to credentials and
certifications for each other's current customer and membership base. The
synergy provides a great avenue for additional educational opportunities for
both organizations' customers.

Key Facts:

    - Cisco provides training and certifications for the Open Systems
      Interconnection (OSI) model's network layer, whereas BICSI offers
      training courses and credentials for those who work in the OSI physical
      and data link layers.
    - Active Cisco(R) CCENT(R), CCNA(R), CCNA Voice(R), CCNA Wireless(R),
      CCNA Security(R), CCDA(R), CCNP(R) CCSP(R), CCNP Voice(R), CCNP
      Wireless(R), CCNP Security(R), and CCDP(TM) certification holders will
      benefit from discounts on BICSI products such as data center,
      installation, network and security courses and manuals, as well as
      BICSI standards.
    - BICSI members will be able to receive additional Continuing Educational
      Credits (CECs) by taking approved Cisco courses, such as
      Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices and Designing Cisco Network
      Service Architectures.
    - Nearly two dozen Cisco courses have currently been approved for BICSI

Supporting Quotes:

- Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager,
Learning@Cisco, said:

"There are only a few areas in the economy where jobs and opportunities
for employment are recession-proof, and the dynamic networking field is one
of them. As we continue to see double-digit growth in the job market for
network architects, engineers, technicians and security specialists, we are
working with industry leaders to extend our reach into new communities to
assist the growth of talent for the industry. Every major technology trend –
including mobility, virtualization, cloud and video — relies on a highly
secure, resilient network that is prepared to deliver these services. Cisco
intends to meet this growth demand by helping prepare qualified individuals
with the skills and experience to build, troubleshoot and repair these types
of networks and infrastructure. By teaming with BICSI, we are able to help
more aspiring networking professionals become engaged with this exciting
industry and develop the skills to match changing business requirements and
new job roles."

- Brian Hansen, BICSI President, RCDD, NTS, CSI, said:

"This is a very important first step for BICSI and one that will bring
new CEC opportunities for our credential holders. This is a huge benefit for
those who are looking for more opportunities to get CECs without having to
travel far distances. Cisco offers instructor-led training through authorized
learning partners around the world, self-assessments, mobile learning and
e-learning products, and this global, customized approach will help solidify
BICSI's stance in getting CECs for our global community as well."

Supporting Resources:

    - Find out more about BICSI products and services at:
    - Find out more about approved Cisco courses for CECs and other
      discount offers at:

Social Media Destinations:

    1. - BICSI:
       a. - Twitter:
       b. - Facebook:
       c. - LinkedIn:
       d. - YouTube:

    1. - Learning@Cisco:
       a. - Twitter:
       b. - Facebook:
       c. - LinkedIn:
       d. - YouTube:

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BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology
systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic
safety & security, and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design,
integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based
distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports
the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among
communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for
individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ITS
professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These
individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications,
audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses,
conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff
and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and
services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced
professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 90
countries. For more information, visit

Maarja Kolberg, mkolberg at, +1-813-979-1991; or Cara Sloman, Learning at Cisco, csloman at, +1-831-440-2411

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