Certiport to Offer Industry's First Architect-Level Certifications for Academic Community Based on HP Technologies

HP Accredited Technical Associate Preview Program Launched to

Validate Students’ Ability to Develop End-to-End IT Solutions and

Enhance their Employability

AMERICAN FORK – December 6, 2011

Certiport (www.certiport.com) today launched the first offering in a new portfolio for HP’s ExpertONE learning and certification solutions, the HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) certification program. The HP ATA is being introduced as part of the new HP Institute academic program announced last week.

HP ATA is the industry’s first academic IT architect-level

certification. Certiport has been working with HP to design, develop and

deliver the HP ATA certification program in the academic community to

validate technology teaching efficacy and student performance using

industry-standard technologies. The HP ATA certifications are available

as part of the preview program today and the full certification

portfolio will launch in Q1 of 2012.

Details about the HP Accredited Technical Associate Program:

http://h10120.www1.hp.com/certification/hp_institute_for_students.html

Details about HP ATA Availability to Academic Institutions:

www.certiport.com/hp

The HP ATA certification is designed to go beyond simple concepts or

product knowledge by focusing on the application of knowledge and skills

needed for today’s technology environments. The HP ATA program

prepares students for immediate employment as it teaches and assesses

their ability to design, implement and administer end-to-end and cloud

IT solutions based on HP Converged Infrastructure technology.

“Business leaders look to technology for a strategic advantage, and

they need skilled IT professionals with experience to keep pace,” said Ray Kelly,

CEO, Certiport. “The new HP ATA certification program, delivered

through Certiport’s strong global network of learning partners and

educational market growth opportunities, will help educators effectively

teach IT skills while providing students with credentials that validate

the expertise to implement business solutions in small and medium-sized

environments.”

For institutions seeking relevant curriculum to help ensure students

acquire the skills valued in today’s workplace, certification plays a

critical role in bridging classroom learning to real-world application.

The HP ATA certification program directly applies to a broad range of

IT job roles, such as IT Architects, System Engineers, System

Administrators and Technical Support Engineers.

“Organizations are faced with an IT skills gap – they lack

professionals with the technology and business skills required for

complex projects,” said Susan Underhill, vice president, Global

Certification and Learning, HP. “Combining HP’s technology expertise

with Certiport’s experience and presence in the academic community

enables the development of IT professionals with the skills they need to

be successful.”

The HP ATA preview program includes three certification exams:

Designing and Deploying Connected Device Solutions, Designing and

Deploying Network Solutions, and Designing and Deploying Server &

Storage Solutions. When the full program launches it will also include a

Designing and Deploying Cloud Solutions certification exam, along with a

complete certification pathway including courseware and lesson plans,

practice tests and a remote lab for gaining practical, hands-on

experience.

The HP ATA program will be distributed exclusively through the

Certiport partner and testing center network. For a sneak peak at this

new certification program, teachers and schools can register for the HP

ATA preview program at: www.certiport.com/hp.

About Certiport

Certiport is the leading provider of certification exam development,

delivery and program management services which include practice tests

via MeasureUp® delivered through an expansive network of over

12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport

manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs

including: the official Microsoft Office certification program, the

Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Adobe®

Certified Associate certification program, the CompTIA Strata™ IT

Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the

Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program and the Internet

and Computing Core Certification (IC³®). Certiport reliably

delivers over two million tests each year throughout the secondary,

post-secondary, workforce and corporate technology markets in more than

150 countries and 25 languages worldwide. For more information, please

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their respective owners.

Press Contact:

Brenda Armstrong

1.801.602.0305

barmstrong@certiport.com