Minister Michael Scott (centre), director of ITO Michael Oatley, the Cisco instructors and some of the successful CISCO applicants who will take part in the Cisco certification programme. *Photo supplied
Minister Michael Scott (centre), director of ITO Michael Oatley, the Cisco instructors and some of the successful CISCO applicants who will take part in the Cisco certification programme. *Photo supplied

THURSDAY, SEPT 20: A new computer certification programme was launched today at the Bermuda College.

Government Estates Minister Michael Scott introduced Phase 2 of the Cisco Certified Network designation at a press conference at the College.

He also introduced the instructors of the course, Eugene Phillips and Lionel Jason Thomas. Both men are Bermudian and completed a rigorous course to be the first instructors of the programme in Bermuda.

Mr Scott said: “To become certified as a Cisco instructor one must undergo an intensive and rigorous course of study.

“This course of study collapses the four modules of the CCNA which is administered to students during the course of a full academic year into a 20 day grueling exercise.

“Each participant must successfully complete each of the four modules at a pass rate of 80% and continue to excel at this rate as the modules increase in difficulty as one progresses from module one to module one.”

Mr Scott said there were 37 candidates who were accepted as students in the programme out of 50 who applied.

They had to have a minimum of a two-year degree, IT certifications or have passed the college placement test.

Mr Scott continued: “I wish them every success as upon completion they will be better positioned to secure employment in this fascinating field of information technology.

“I might also add that our intention is to reach to the persons who were not successful and to assist them in realizing their aspirations of becoming Cisco students.”