Certification

The CNP is more than certification but a standard to be measured by — the professional credential. The CNP is the standard for the IT Industry defined by a Code of Ethics and a one-stop reference source for employers and clients to verify and validate ALL of the hard fought accumulated elite skills, years of experience, and proven knowledge. The CNP fulfills the desire for the verification that you are a professional; proclaim it with the CNP designation. The CNP designation proves a lifetime of work, education and experience in your career and validates your role in the profession plus your ongoing commitment to measured, demonstrated, and proven professional development. Adding "CNP" to your signature could be the culminating mark of your professional life.

The CNP designation represents honour, excellence, accomplishment, success, experience, education, and the ability to strive in a life long career in the information technology networking industry. A life of accomplishments is publicly recognized. Employers and peers look for individuals representing and furthering the best professional attributes represented in the CNP designation. The CNP encompasses vendor and product certifications, advanced education degrees and training, bona fide network experience, and continual professional development into a single designation. Diplomas, certificates, resumes are enhanced and supported by background verification for experience, ethics and financial stability.

Career driven Networking Information Technology Professionals experienced in the broad category of computer networking and closely related fields seek the professional validation stemming from a CNP. Networking IT Professionals want a professional designation with demonstrable work experience supported by education, good business ethics and reputation, and stability. IT professionals, Educators and Leaders in the network computing profession are qualified to receive the special distinction of the CNP.

CNP

To be considered for the CNP, each Networking Information Technology Professional must complete the appliaction process and agree to be bound by the CNP Code of Ethics. The application process consists of a completed CNP application form with references, proof of work experience, validation of current member status in the Network Professional Association, background validation; passing a required base exam, and demonstrated proficiency.

After successful consideration, the CNP is conferred and a distinctive Certificate of Distinction is given the CNP holder.

Continuing Requirement

The CNP embodies the ideals of the professional — education, experience, reputability, stability — providing the professional significant credentials in an industry that is strong and will continue to prosper. Each year you must provide evidence to support your qualification to continue as a Certified Network Professional. You will be requested to provide evidence to support your continuing CNP designation. The core requirements to retain your CNP designation are:

– to maintain your professional currency,

– recertify annually,

– maintain your professional profile, and

– concurrent membership in the Network Professional Association.

Professional currency involves a combination of self-directed educational activities plus maintenance of your currency in the field of Network Information Systems. You are required to obtain: At least 100 education credits per year AND at least 1000 hours per year of IS professional level activities.

ACNP

The Associate Certified Network Professional (ACNP) embodies the ideals of the professional — education, experience, reputability, stability — providing recognition to the professional not yet prepared to meet all of the requirements of the CNP.

Associate Certified Network Professional (ACNP) requires the holder understands what it takes to be an ethical professional, complete the appliaction process and agree to be bound by the CNP Code of Ethics. The application process consists of a completed ACNP application form with references, proof of work experience, validation of current member status in the Network Professional Association, background validation; and progress toward passing a required base exam, and demonstrating proficiency.

Continuing Requirement

Each year you must provide evidence to support your qualification to continue as aa Associate Certified Network Professional. You will be requested to provide evidence to support your continuing progress towards the CNP designation. The core requirements to retain your ACNP designation are:

– to maintain your professional currency,

– recertify annually,

– maintain your professional profile, and

– concurrent membership in the Network Professional Association.

Professional currency involves a combination of self-directed educational activities plus maintenance of your currency in the field of Network Information Systems. You are required to obtain: At least 100 education credits per year AND at least 1000 hours per year of IS professional level activities.

Accountability

There will be a process to ensure that CNP holders are being held accountable for their ethics and professionalism. All complaints will be investigated by the Ethics and Professionalism Committee and all outcomes will be governed by the NPA Accountability Guidelines.

Why is NPA Membership Required?

The CNP is strongly linked to adherence to the NPA Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. Professional certification by NPA is not government sanctioned licensing. Adherence to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct provides one measure of professional conduct and behavior to employers, educators and the public. A cornerstone of our Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct is the assurance CNP holders will not take on tasks they are not competent to perform.

The NPA is responsible for the international practices and standards (e.g. Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, Common Body of Knowledge) needed by the CNP program. By its jurisdiction over CNP holders, the NPA will also provide a mechanism to guarantee the portability of the designation internationally.

Next steps:

We are working with State Governments to gain acceptance as a license for the occupation. We are working with organizations in other countries to cross certify with them. We are developing a Master CNP program for those individuals who are proven leaders in the industry.


Network Professional Association The CNP program was developed and funded by the Network Professional Association® (NPA). The NPA is a self-regulating, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the network computing profession.

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