EMC's Knowledge Maintenance program deploys two kinds of notification in an effort to keep you up-to-date in your Proven Professional subject areas:
The product-specific courses happen on the product release cycle throughout the year. That means if 2012 has four releases relevant to your Proven speciality you will receive four Knowledge Maintenance notices. That number varies: you may receive more than four Knowledge Maintenance notices in a year, or you may not receive any.
Validation tests have a regular schedule. We send test notifications a maximum of twice each year—in April and October—but only to those that received product-specific instruction from the Knowledge Maintenance Program. If you received Knowledge Maintenance mailings at any time during the last six-month period, you should receive an e-mail notification with a link to the test for that track.
Self-validation and Reward
Regular validation tests help you confirm your knowledge of recent product releases, and let you review the content for things you may have forgotten. They also provide you the opportunity to earn a Knowledge Maintenance Certificate of Completion.
If you receive a KM test link, here's what you can expect:
If you take a Knowledge Maintenance assessment test and pass, you should receive the certificate within a day or two and your CertTracker account should be updated. If you pass the test but do not receive the certificate, it may mean that you have more than one Powerlink account, or that your e-mail address is somehow not correct in the EMC Proven Cert Tracker portal.
If you think you earned a certificate but have not received it, please write to EdServices@emc.com with details of which test you took and when. If possible, include a copy of the Knowledge Maintenance e-mail you received so we can see the hyperlink you used to register for the test.
Do you have a list of product that benefits from this program ? Is the IIG stack involved ?
The Knowledge Maintenance program covers most of the Proven Specialist Tracks. Those currently part of the Knowledge Maintenance program are:
This list will change as Proven tracks are added or retired.
The cert tracker shows that Proven Specialist Certifications do not expire. Does EMC make it mandatory for holders to ensure all KMs are done and exam passed to keep any partner accreditations etc or Specialist cert expiry?
The EMC Proven Professional program does not require that you complete the KM pieces in order to keep your existing credentials. KM can be used to update skills through study modules and prove knowledge of the updated content by passing the online test. Note - although it is not required to keep earned credentials you should check with your partner manager to ensure that KM completion isn't a requirement for some other reason.
Thanks for the update so no central mandate check locally.
BTW I find the KM updates excellent and one of the real benefits of getting the Certs, instead of rooting through release notes to get an awareness.
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And thanks for letting us know that the updates are useful to you. I'll pass your comments on to our management.