Rules? Who needs rules! Surprisingly, many IT professionals seem ignorant of policies governing their certifications. You really should be aware of things like Confidentiality Agreements, NDAs, Rights and Responsibilities, Trade Mark regulations and the Testing Companies’ training policies. Since there are gads of certifications you could spend hours studying, with I will simply move along with the Certification Agreements from Cisco.
For instance did you know that under this clause in section 3.2 Certification Revocation, you could lose your certification for criminal activity? Yup, if like a certain CCIE once considered a 20 year old phenom, you get arrested, tried and convicted for three violent felonies and they damage the reputation of Cisco, its brand or goodwill, you can lose your CCIE number. “If you have been convicted of a crime that Cisco deems in its sole discretion that its reputation, goodwill or security may be adversely affected by you remaining in the Program...” Maybe you should not take a victory lap around the court house wearing your GPS bracelet and waving your CCIE plaque. But there is a lot more to be familiar with, so follow this link and get acquainted with:
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
CISCO CERTIFICATION AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT
You also get the chance to display the Cisco logos for some of your accomplishments. Are you aware of this? How about the clause restricting the use of Cisco logos by individuals convicted of crimes that could cause embarrassment to the Cisco community? Let’s use for example a certain CCIE we all know for his felonious behavior. Would this apply? “Adverse publicity regarding or arising out of or in connection with Certified Individual, including adverse publicity regarding Certified Individual’s employer or any company, entity or business with which Certified Individual is affiliated.” I think further understanding about where, when, and how you fly your certification and Cisco logos is important. So look at this one:
CISCO CERTIFICATIONS TRADEMARK AGREEMENT
There are some rules about what is allowed in the testing room. Let’s say you show up with an iPad and headset, beebopping to the latest, and dare I say worst, Ozzy Osborne or even worse, Van Halen’s newest, (what’s with those guys, can’t they find a better front man than David Lee Roth?), plugged into your iPhone, do you think the proctor would be amused? This first clause of the Pearson VUE Rules says not. “I will not take the following types of personal items into the testing room: cellular phones, hand-held computers/personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other electronic devices, pagers, watches, wallets, purses, hats (and other head coverings), bags, coats, books and notes.”
Pearson VUE Candidate Rules Agreement
Hey, what’s a modern geek about town to do? Follow the rules I guess, because the alternative is not so attractive. But you do have rights. Even in this day and age of dictators and smarter girlfriends, there are rights. Well gaauuwwaalllyy Andy, “I have rights?” Yes, you do Barney. Looky here at this very colorful document called,
“Certification Candidate Rights & Responsibilities.”
Because right there, right there in the bold black and blue text you will learn that you should already know all this stuff before you certify or test: “Certification Agreements: Prior to testing for written or lab exams, candidates are expected to be familiar with the terms and conditions of the Cisco Certification and Confidentiality Agreement and the Pearson VUE Test Rules Agreement.”
Wow, just when you thought you had rights, you find you have the right to know the rules!!! What kind of loopy gibberish is that? The right to know the rules! These are important though so have a gander at this document as well.
Many of you are on the web, you know that little thing you can’t quite put your arms around but keep trying anyway? There are things you are not supposed to do there if you are Cisco certified as well.
Then there are the policies for the Cisco Learning Network. https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/policies_reference_tools/policies
On this site you will find the Exam Policies, CCIE Policies, CCDE Policies, Posting Guidelines, and the other stuff I already linked to above.
This gem is found there: “To maintain active CCIE status, CCIEs are required to pass either a CCIE written exam of their choosing from among all of the currently available written exams, or a CCIE lab exam in a new track every 24 months. Candidates can only apply one passed written exam towards recertification for every 24 month recertification period. Certification candidates are responsible for keeping track of their certification expiration dates; your recertification deadline can be viewed online anytime (with login) at Certification Status. Subsequent recertification deadlines are always based on your original certification date, not on when you took your last recertification exam.”
So, if you have any questions about all this stuff feel free “to not call” me. Heck, it was a lot of work sharing this with you, so don’t expect me to know this stuff. If I have to read it for you, then you should find a friend or maybe one of your parents or even a nice uncle. I mean, I read to my kids and all but this would be ridiculous.
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