Introducing Black Belt Academy’s New Versatile Validation Standards


The purpose of Cisco’s Black Belt Academy is to supply our companions with an environment friendly and efficient role-based studying journey, which is introduced in two or three sequential Phases. There’s a sturdy correlation between companions’ income development and the variety of their workers who earn Stage 2 and three certifications, which require a deeper understanding of the subject material, so progress requires validation.

Nonetheless, we acquired suggestions from companions that our validation standards aren’t at all times applicable for some roles. We listened. The consequence: extra versatile validation standards.

What’s modified – New versatile validation standards for Presales and Deployment Roles

Within the Black Belt Academy, as learners progress on their journeys from Stage 2 to Stage 3, new choices can be found relying on the position and the expertise. We have now supplied options aside from the Deal ID submission for Stage 2 Studying Plan completion.

Various standards embody:

  • Finishing a “Seize the Flag” mission
  • Making a Good Pitch video of how you’ll current to a buyer
  • Proof of idea doc of a check surroundings setup for a buyer
  • Excessive-level design doc of a buyer resolution

These particulars, that are constructed into the Studying Plans, will likely be accessible because the learner’s progress on their journeys.

Answer specialization tracks like SASE, FSO, Hybrid Cloud and Hybrid WFH will nonetheless require a Gross sales Order quantity from learners who’re planning to use for resolution specialization on the associate (firm) degree. Accomplice admins ought to confer with program tips right here.

Total Influence

  • Extra learners are progressing to Stage 2, which will increase the variety of these eligible for Stage 3 and certification. Learn Jose van Dijk’s weblog for some persuasive Black Belt metrics.
  • Extra choices will make this validation course of easier.
  • A extra streamlined studying journey, together with automated ‘Seize the Flag’ missions.
  • An general enchancment in consumer expertise.

These adjustments characterize our course in direction of making the educational expertise higher for our companions. We’re engaged on future enhancements for you. Keep tuned!




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