This morning, Cisco Systems announced that several of its most popular IT certifications had achieved ANSI accreditation. This is a complex, time-consuming, and demanding process, but enables accredited certs to count toward meeting specific US state and federal government requirements for IT certification.
These specific certs survived the ANSI accreditation process, and now conform to the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 requirements:
The real value in this status applies most directly to DoD requirements for certifications required at military, government agency, and contractor operations to comply with federal information security standards and mandates in the Information Assurance (IA) Workforce Improvement Program. In fact, a quick jump to the ANSI Accreditation Directory confirms that the majority of the IT-oriented companies and organizations whose certifications are represented therein are more or less exclusively concerned with information security topics.
It's nice to see Cisco's standard routing and switching CCNA and CCNP also make the grade, then, in addition to the security-oriented versions of those credentials. But the big win for holders of those certs is that it opens up a vast array of opportunities to work for the government or its contractors in situations where only personnel with accredited certifications are eligible for such jobs.
For more information, check out the Cisco press release entitled "Cisco Career Certifications Awarded ANSI Accreditation." For a complete table of all the IT certifications in the ANSI directory, see my IT Career Jump Start blog entitled "Cisco Certs Join Ranks of Those with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation."