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I have 30 years in the telecom industry and I am looking to get certified for VoIP. What would you s

I am looking for the easiest way to get a certified for VOIP. I have over thirty years experience in the telecom

field and have been out of work for sometime. What certification would you recommend I get that would help me find a job post haste? This is kind of an interesting question, in that nearly every VoIP cert I know of is vendor specific, except for the Global Knowledge VoIP Engineer (http://www.gocertify.com/certification/GKVoIPEngineer.shtml) credential, and perhaps the various NACSE telecom certs (which cover VoIP as part of their programs, but not as an exclusive focus). Other such credentials, like those from Avaya, Nortel, Cisco, Lucent, and so forth, all depend on intimate detailed knowledge of specific vendor platforms (and often require other, less advanced certs as prerequisites). By poking around on GoCertify.com using search strings like the vendor names, telecom, voice, and VoIP, you should be able to get a pretty good idea of what's available in this general area. Shoot, even switch vendors like Dell cover VoIP to some extent in their certs, so you should probably check out Layer 2/Layer 3 switch vendors along with the other outfits I've mentioned.

As for finding a job post haste, a lot will depend on how much you already know about the IP side of VoIP and how much you have to learn in this subject area. It's an area where a lot of background is required for certification, and ultimately, for job success as well.

Good luck, and thanks for writing.
--Ed--

This was first published in December 2003

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