News Release

Cisco Announces New Specialist Certifications to Support Enhanced Channel Partner Program

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 4, 2006 - Cisco Systems® today
Apr 04, 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 4, 2006 - Cisco Systems® today announced the addition of 12 new Specialist certifications to align with Cisco's recently enhanced Channel Partner Program. The new Specialist certifications map to updated Partner Specializations that were a key element of the changes to Cisco's award-winning partner program.

The new Specialist certifications match job-role requirements within Specializations for Cisco's Channel Partner employees, and will also be of interest to any technical professional involved with the design, implementation and support of integrated Cisco networks that incorporate Unified Communications, wireless, security, and routing and switching technologies.

"Cisco has created new Specialist certifications to meet the growing demand for integrated network technologies," said Don Field, director of certifications at Cisco. "Organizations that employ specialists certified by Cisco have expertise in the technologies required to build robust, sophisticated network-based solutions."

The new Cisco Specialist Certifications include:

  • Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Design Specialist

  • Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Field Specialist

  • Cisco Advanced Wireless LAN Sales Specialist

  • Cisco Security Solutions and Design Specialist

  • Cisco Advanced Security Field Specialist

  • Cisco Security Sales Specialist

  • Cisco Routing and Switching Solutions Specialist

  • Cisco Routing and Switching Field Specialist

  • Cisco Routing and Switching Sales Specialist

  • Cisco Foundation Design Specialist

  • Cisco Foundation Field Specialist

  • Cisco Foundation Sales Specialist

Technical professionals who earn Cisco Specialist certifications will be in high demand for their skills, as technologies such as wireless, Internet Protocol (IP) communications and security become standard for solution providers, businesses of all sizes and service providers. Professionals who have earned Specialist certifications demonstrate that they have received training to allow them to successfully plan, design, implement, operate and optimize new technologies that increase productivity, reduce costs and differentiate a company from competitors.

To learn more about the new Specialist certifications, visit:

Training and Availability

Authorized Cisco training is available from a global network of Cisco Learning Partners and the Partner E-Learning Connection. For complete details about the training and exam requirements for the Specialist and other certifications, visit:

About Cisco Career Certifications

The widely respected Cisco Career Certifications bring valuable, measurable rewards to network professionals, their managers and the organizations that employ them. Cisco offers three levels of general certification: Associate, Professional and Expert in various tracks such as Routing and Switching, Network Security and Service Provider. A variety of Cisco Specialist focused certifications are also available to show knowledge in specific technologies, solutions or job roles. For Cisco Career Certifications information, visit: