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New Certification Badge on Symantec Connect

We have just launched a new feature on Symantec Connect today that I think you'll really like. 

For those users that have been "Certified" by Symantec (aka:  Symantec Certified Specialist or SCS) you will now see a blue "certification" badge next to the users name.  The certification program here at Symantec combines our data protection, high availability, and security credentials into a single program that spans Symantec solutions. 

Certifications are customer focused and the exams are designed specifically for customers and cover core elements measuring technical knowledge and competency against factors such as installation, configuration, product administration, day-to-day maintenance, and basic troubleshooting.

You may be asking, so what is the difference between Certifications and Accreditations?

Accreditation is partner focused and the only vehicle by which partners are assessed by Symantec. Accreditation counts towards Symantec Partner Program achievement status with access to Partner Program benefits, rewards, and incentives, dependent upon partner type, level, and geography.  Symantec Partner Program accreditation offerings are comprised of the:

Symantec Technical Specialist (STS)
Accreditation as a Symantec Technical Specialist is intended for technical professionals. 

Symantec Sales Expert (SSE)
Accreditation for Symantec Sales Expert is intended for anyone who needs to market, position and sell Symantec products and solutions more effectively.

Symantec Sales Expert Plus (SSE+)
Accreditation for Symantec Sales Expert Plus is intended for partner sales engineers. Learn how to effectively demo and give technical presentations on Symantec products and solutions.

I'd be interested to hear your feedback on the addition of the new Certification badge on Symantec Connect, so post a comment or vote and let us know.

~Eileen, Partner Community Manager