Creates 'Standard of Excellence' for Expert Use of PTC software solutions
"Certification is an increasingly important benchmark in fields where demonstrated abilities with software is crucial," says Chris Newell, Senior Vice President for PTC's Customer Education and Knowledge Division. "It determines the effectiveness of training programs, provides an objective benchmark for validating skills and guides professional development programs. Increasingly it provides companies with competitive advantage in bidding for contracts by helping to demonstrate skills in particular application areas."
PTC's first certification exam, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Level 1, is based on the latest release of the software. The exam is designed for users with a minimum of one year of experience using Pro/ENGINEER who are now moving to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire.
This initial exam is based upon critical knowledge needed to successfully use Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire to design and produce products. It includes: creating parts, creating assemblies, creating sheet metal geometry, modifying parts and assemblies and creating production drawings. Beyond domain knowledge, the test will certify that users can apply concepts and techniques in designing products as well as recognize and implement best practices while using Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire.
Using subject matter experts from both PTC and customers to provide a good cross-section of industry and domain expertise, PTC worked with The Donath Group, a consulting firm that specializes in developing fair and accurate testing programs, to statistically validate the exam. PTC developed a beta test, which was administered to more than 300 participants worldwide in order to obtain feedback to gauge the test's content, accuracy and credibility.
A map of suggested educational requirements that make up the test, as well as sample questions, are available on the PTC website, http://www.ptc.com/go/certification. For users interested in brushing up or learning new skills, a PTC-certified training class, "Fast Track to Pro/E Wildfire" is available to improve Pro/E Wildfire comprehension. The five-day, instructor- led course is offered through PTC training centers or through PTC-certified training providers. Go to http://www.ptc.com/services/edserv/index.htm for additional information.
The first Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Level 1 exam will be offered on June 8 at the PTC/USER World Event in Orlando, Florida. The exam will be available to all conference attendees during the entire event via an on-site examination room. Visit http://www.donathgroup.com/ptc/ to pre-register or view times and locations. The test takes only 90 minutes to complete with results available immediately.
After the conference, PTC will utilize Prometric, a worldwide testing organization, to offer the test at more than 3,500 test centers worldwide. Although the test is taken online, testing centers provide the proctoring and verification procedures to ensure exam integrity. Foreign language versions of The Level 1 Exam will be available one to two months after the June release. For information on specific testing locations, go to http://www.prometric.com/.
"We are excited about this new PTC offering and expect the program to grow and offer more product specializations at varied levels of mastery," said Niamh O'Byrne, PTC certification manager. "A Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Level 2 exam for Pro/E Wildfire users is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2003, for engineers with at least two-to-five years of hands-on work experience with Pro/ENGINEER," O'Byrne noted. "The current exam also includes a survey to help us determine what our user community wants from a certification program on an ongoing basis."
Users who successfully complete certification will be listed as certified professionals on the PTC website as a means to verify certification. In addition, PTC will provide certificates, a lapel pin and "PTC Certified Professional" logos for use on business cards and websites.
PTC develops, markets, and supports software solutions that help manufacturers win with superior products. PTC is the world's largest software company with a total commitment to product development. The company services more than 35,000 customers worldwide. Further information on PTC is available at http://www.ptc.com/ or call 1-888-782-3776, ext. 901
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