Well I took a break from certifying for a few months after I completed my CCNP in April 07. So now I have been studying for my CCSP and was just getting ready to schedule my first exam, SND. Imagine my disappointment when I went to schedule on the Prometrics webpage just to find no sign of Cisco anywhere on the webpage.
After doing a couple of searches online I found a press release by Cisco where they identify their partnership with Pearson Vue as a sole provider and among the verbiage they actually state "To meet global demand, Cisco is moving to a primary-vendor strategy with Pearson VUE"
I dont understand how dramatically cutting down the available testing centers is a way of meeting global demand.?. I live in Ft Myers Florida, I either have to drive to Sarasota or Miami to certify now. For those of you not familiar with Florida, thats over an hour and a half one way provided the wind is in my favor and traffic is perfect. This could be up to 3 hours one way with undue circumstances making it difficult to adhere to scheduling. Ft. Myers may not be the biggest city in the world but its far from being a rural farm town. For the life of me I do not see how this is supposed to help Cisco's certification platform meet global demand other than improving certification value by reducing the number of certified people via limiting the available testing centers.
Does anyone know if Cisco has any intentions in the way of mitigating the impact of their decision by way of an aggressive ramp-up of Pearson-Vue's infrastructure or any other such solution?