HP started sending letters to customers to "welcome back" the HP 3000 professionals who got dropped from the Hewlett-Packard professional certification program. HP deactivated more than 100 3000 pros last year who had passed serveral exams to get a certificate verifying their MPE/iX skills.
OpenMPE board director Paul Edwards drove the effort to get HP to reinstate the 3000 certificate holders. One customer, who has earned a belt-full of such HP notches, quipped when he got his e-mail, "Just in time for migration! This is what I call a backlog."
HP's Rich Gossman of the Americas HP Certified Professional Program Office explained that since HP cancelled the 3000 credential, now it's got to re-award them.
Looks like a backlog doesn't it? Not really though.. we aren't THAT bad. We had expired this credential but we decided to bring it back online even though no one new can get it. So you're back in the "family" again!
So the 3000 certification becomes a valid HP document once more, although the vendor will issue no new certs. But the document, when it arrives, can make a difference in getting either a homesteading job or a contract that moves the 3000 out of the shop. Knowing the target platform is important, but detailed knowledge of the de-commissioned platform and its surround code is important as well.
Two kinds of certificates had been issued to 3000 pros. HP's letter to all of its certified pros read:
Last September HP sent notification that e3000 and MPE/iX certifications were being expired. However, we heard from both customers and partners that these certifications continue to be important in the conduct of their business. After consideration of this feedback, we’d like to extend our welcome back into the HP Certified Professional Program. We hope that you will take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the Program.
For e3000 specialists: If you held the HP e3000 Technical Certification, your title is now Accredited Presales Professional (APP) -- HP e3000 Technical Certification.
This credential is considered to be “inactive”, which means that while it is no longer attainable by new candidates, it continues to be recognized as part of the HP Certified Professional Program and remains valid toward program benefits. You are not obligated to upgrade your certification at this time, but we encourage you to further your knowledge and update your skills by pursuing an active credential. Your skills and knowledge give you the foundation to pursue the Accredited Presales Professional (APP) – HP Enterprise Solutions credential,.
For MPE/iX specialists: If you held the MPE/iX System Administration Certification, your title is now Certified Systems Administrator (CSA) – MPE/iX System Administration.
This credential is also considered to be “inactive”; while it is no longer attainable by new candidates, it continues to be recognized as part of the HP Certified Professional Program and remains valid toward program benefits. You are not obligated to upgrade your certification at this time, but we encourage you to further your knowledge and update your skills by pursuing an active credential. Your skills and knowledge give you the foundation to pursue the Certified Systems Administrator (CSA) – HP-UX v11 credential.
We encourage you to maximize the return on investment you have already made in your knowledge of HP technologies. With a small effort toward an active credential, you can update and validate your skills, protect your career path and increase your business opportunities.
HP provided a student/member ID to complete the transfer back into the Program and access benefits as an HP Certified Professional. It will be a few more weeks before the fresh certification paper arrives.
You do not need to do anything now. You will or may have already been sent a follow-up email confirming your certification status. The email will contain links to assist in creating your login account and provide you access to the HP Certified Member's site, where your benefits and certification history will be hosted. Once your account is created, you will be asked to agree to our Terms and Conditions/Confidential Disclosure Agreement. Please allow 2-3 days of when your login account has been created for you to view your certification history and access your benefits.
An electronic welcome letter will automatically be sent to you from the Americas HP Certified Professional Program office. It includes detailed information on your benefits as part of the Americas’ region and provides useful Program links. In approximately 6-8 weeks you will be mailed a certificate showing your new credential title.
And that’s it! Once you have completed these steps, you’ll once again have access to all the member benefits afforded under your credential.
The regional Web site should answer most of your questions, but please feel free to contact us at any time if you need additional help.
· Email: [email protected]
· Website: <www.hp.com/go/certification/americas
· Information Line: 1-800-273-4812 (U.S. and Canada only)
· Information Line for Latin American countries: Country phone numbers
Again, welcome back to the HP Certified Professional Program. We’re glad you’re here!