HP, Sun, IBM to establish IT master-level programs

University accredited training provider IT Masters has revealed it is discussing a range of new postgraduate courses with software vendor giants HP, Sun Microsystems and IBM.

IT Masters CEO Martin Hale said each of the vendors had shown an interest in setting up their own software certification streams under the organisation’s existing course program. Deals with each of the vendors are “in the pipelines” and should lead to the launch of new courses in the second or third trimester next year, Hale said.

The training vendor currently offers a Master of Systems Development, Master in Networking and System Administration, and a Master of Information Systems Security starting in 2004. Students can choose to complete these courses either through a Microsoft, Cisco, or multiplatform stream. The multiplatform stream also encompasses certifications from Internet security products vendor Check Point Technologies.

The courses are designed to allow IT professionals to gain a postgraduate university degree while also attaining certification in industry recognised IT software and systems.

“[Our] program is different to general vendor training because students must take and pass their certification exams,” Hale said.

The program is a joint venture between Charles Sturt University and online education provider IT Masters and is designed to provide masters-level certification to IT professionals. Coursework is provided online through IT Master’s e-learning partner KnowledgeNet.

Hale said the next course program on the agenda will be based on database administration and management.

The organisation is also looking at offering a masters program in enterprise sales by the end of 2004, he said.

“We’re working our way through the major job families,” he said.

The group is also keen to extend its multiplatform offering to include more vendor-neutral certifications and training, such as certifications from the SANs Institute, Hale said.

For more information on Masters programs, see Computerworld November 24 print edition.

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