On Wednesday morning, as the ISC Solutions tradeshow opened in New York City, IP video company Axis Communications announced a new certification program it is calling the "Axis Certified Professional."
Axis' General Manager Fredrik Nilsson said that while the company had been offering a wide variety of training to its channel partners and users for years, the channel had suffered from not being able prove that they were skilled in IP video when they went to bid on projects.
"There are companies that have been doing networked video for years, but how do they prove to the customers that they know IP video and know it well? There wasn't really any certification on the market."
The response from Axis, which is the market leader in IP video camera sales, was to develop a testing program. They partnered with Prometric, a company already skilled in providing certification and testing programs.
Testing costs $150, said Nilsson, but it is entirely up to the test taker as to how they wish to acquire the knowledge. Nilsson said that some of the company's channel partners with extensive experience would likely need little preparation before taking the test, but he recommended that integrators new to IP video put an IP video installation under their belt, consider taking an Axis Communications Academy fundamentals class, and take advantage of Axis' web-based training offerings and webinars.
"It's a strict test," he said. "I would need to study to pass it."
The certification is valid for 24 months, and the test itself takes approximately two hours. After passing the test, integrators are able to use the certification logo to promote themselves. He added that the ACP certification has two benefits for the channel. For one, he says, it's an indicator of their expertise when bidding on jobs, and secondly, for individual workers, it's something that they can use on their resume when seeking employment.