Vendor cert levels

Trent Farrell tfarrell at
Wed Sep 3 21:26:39 UTC 2014

^^ It really helps if you're a Cisco shop to have CCIEs.

Every place I've worked has offered to refund the cost of a cert after
you pass (if the employee fails, the cost is on them), and it's had a
pretty decent uptake among the more junior staff - as well as the CCIE

I'm not sure if Juniper have a similar type system of rewarding
partners that are packed with certified engineers, but I wouldn't be
surprised if they did.

On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM, Jared Mauch <jared at> wrote:
>> On Sep 3, 2014, at 5:00 AM, Isaac Adams <isaacnanog at> wrote:
>> Hey Folks,
>> I am trying to work out a strategy for vendor certification in our company.
>> As a general rule, do you all fund employees certification and if so what
>> kind of levels do you try to maintain as good practice?
>> For example. NOC staff should be JNCIA and engineering JNCIP to JNCIE?
>> Clearly certification does not usually reflect ability but it does help
>> people feel valued and to maintain a basic level of competence.
> Cisco discriminates against customers without certification and delays service and support to them as a result.  (e.g.: you can’t open a sev 1 case online unless you are “CCIE”).
> You likely want to have someone with this access in their account to speed access when there are network critical issues.
> - Jared

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