LAN/WAN Professional Partner Status with Cisco & Other Vendors
LAN/WAN Professional desire a positive and proactive relationship
with any and all technology training vendors. Unfortunately, we are
limited in who we partner with based on the conditions set by that
particular vendor. This is especially difficult with specific vendors
due to the fact that we are, in essence, their competition. This is no
different from Sybase and McGrall Hill offering Cisco and Microsoft
books that compete against Cisco Press and Microsoft Press both
publishing divisions of the respective companies. Please read below for
explanation of relationship with specific companies.
The term "school" is a legal term that refers to institutions who are
typically state and/or nationally accredited and offers training based
on specific set of standards depending on the classification of the
institution. Colleges and universities are focused on providing
education designed to help you achieve an associate, bachelor or higher
level degree. The focus is on higher learning and less on employment.
Vocational schools are focused on giving you functional skills that help
you achieve an entry level job in a given profession. Both organizations
generally target entry level professionals and provide the fundamental
education they need to start a career in a given industry. In addition,
schools are instructor led programs with attendance and a grading
system. The final component of a school is that all schools offer
government backed student loans that allows their students to pay for
the tuition. Due to a school's reliance on government back student
loans, schools are heavily regulated by both state and federal agencies.
The negative of the heavy regulation is that these schools are not able
to adjust to the constantly changing information technology job market.
LAN/WAN Professional is a membership organization focused on
advancing the careers of its members. In addition, we are also a world
class developer of real world hands-on focused training technologies.
More important, we providing training technologies that regularly adjust
with the ever-changing information technology job market. In addition,
our individual clientele is the seasoned information technology
professional and graduates of schools. Due to the fact that our clients
are seasoned professionals, we do not have or require a grading system.
Finally, we do not offer student loans and the associated regulation
that would limit our ability to provide proven and effective training to
seasoned professionals. Finally, a growing number of our professional
clients are schools. For the above listed reason, we are not a school.
LAN/WAN Professional is NOT a Cisco authorized training partner. This
is due to the partnership types that are available and conditions
required being a Cisco partner. The primary reason we are not a Cisco
authorized training partner is that we are also a developer of Cisco
training and compete directly with Cisco. This is similar to Sybex and
McGraw Hill competing with Cisco Press of textbooks. The secondary
reason is that Cisco only offers two education partnership types and we
do not fit any of the two partnership types offered by Cisco.
First type of Cisco education partnership is to be a Cisco Networking
Academy. Unfortunately, this is primarily targeted at the entry level
market and is focused toward high schools, tech schools, colleges and
universities. In addition, most Cisco Network Academies are concept
focused and are very slow paced. For example, the CCNA course is a four
semester concept focused course versus a 10 week part-time hands-on and
certification training. LAN/WAN Professional is not a school and does
not target the entry level market. For this reason, we would be fit the
Cisco Networking Academy Model.
The second education partnership type is a Cisco Learning Solutions
Partner. This type of partnership focuses on corporate training that is
typically 1 week in length, moderately paced, that combines an even
amount of concept and topic based hands-on training and is high priced.
In addition, Cisco Learning Partner are required to use Cisco curriculum
and charge high training rates as stated by Cisco. See Global Knowledge
for details. LAN/WAN Professional would be required to use Cisco's
curriculum and charge a much higher price per training area. In addition
the curriculum offered by Cisco Learning partners is topic based whether
or not they are used in the real world. This difference means only 20 to
30% of the hands-on training (less than 50% of training) you receive is
actually used in real world. LAN/WAN Professional is focused on hands-on
training that is actually used in the real world and does not waste time
on topics/training that is not regularly used in the real world. For
this reason, the learning partner model would not fit LAN/WAN
Cisco offers two types of certifications. The first type is a
technical certification such as the CCNA, CCNP and CCIE. This
certification validates your technical skills in a given technical area.
The second type of certification is a instructor certification that
validates that you have good instructional skills. The most common
certification is the Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI). This
certification is ONLY given to instructors who work for Cisco training
The technical staff of LAN/WAN Professional are all Cisco certified
in the required technical certification they are teaching along with the
next higher level credential. This means that our CCNA level instructors
are at least CCNP certified. This is to ensure that they possess
adequate technical knowledge to properly provide instructional support.
In addition, our instructors have proven skills and experience helping
other attain proficiency in a given technology. In regards to being
certified as a CCSI, our instructors are NOT CCSI certified due to
LAN/WAN Professional's non partner status.
LAN/WAN Professional currently does not offer Microsoft Training. For
this reason, we are not a Microsoft Learning Partner. With that stated,
we are scheduled to launch Microsoft Training during the second quarter
of 2014. As part of launching Microsoft Training, we may become an
official learning partner with Microsoft. This is due to the fact that
Microsoft Corporation is more flexible with their learning partners and
allows their learning partners to use both Microsoft's Official
Curriculum (MOC) and our own curriculum. The combination of LAN/WAN
Professional developed curriculum and Microsoft's MOC will allows us to
provide an extensive range of Microsoft training technologies to our
In addition to the Microsoft partnership, LAN/WAN Professional is
currently reviewing partnerships with other technology vendors include
Juniper, Citrix, VMware and more. The timing of those partnerships will
vary based on the needs of our clientele and our company focus. Any and
all clients of LAN/WAN Professional will be notified as these
partnerships are launched.