Following on from announcements made at its recent Partner Summit, Cisco today formally launched new specialisations around network-based architectures and architecture-based training intended to help partners evolve their business models.
Three new specialisations, Advanced Borderless Network Architecture; Advanced Collaboration Architecture; and Advanced Data Centre Architecture are now available to resellers.
As previously revealed in MicroScope, partners will have to attain all three of the new certifications to achieve Cisco Gold status, while Silver partners will be required to have a minimum of one.
The new requirements will be phased in over a 16 to 28 month period, and won't become a mandatory requirement until a partner's anniversary date beginning August 2012 through to August 2013.
Cisco reiterated its pledge to slash training costs and is offering $5,000 (£3,050) in Cisco Learning Credits to the first 500 partners to complete recertification.
The vendor also added two new tracks, Learning Partner Associate and Learning Partner Specialised in an attempt to hel resellers get to grips with its architectural approach to networking.
Cisco worldwide channel vice president Edison Peres said the specialisations would "recognise and build on our partner' network advantage, enabling them to evolve their business, increase profitable growth and become more relevant to their customers".