Friday, June 1st, 2012

Brisbane, QLD – June 1st, 2012

The world’s largest IT company HP (, in association with global partner Certiport Inc. ( and Australian Solution Provider IC Central ( ) today announced the Australian launch of the first offering in a new portfolio for HP’s ExpertONE learning and certification solutions, the HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) certification program. The HP ATA is being introduced as part of the new HP Institute academic program.

HP ATA is the industry’s first IT architect-level certification to be specifically designed and developed for delivery by academic institutions to validate technology teaching efficacy and student performance using industry-standard technologies. The HP ATA certifications are available as part of a full certification portfolio.

Details about the HP Accredited Technical Associate Program:

The HP ATA certification is designed to go beyond simple concepts and product knowledge by ensuring students have a business oriented, outcomes focus when applying their knowledge and skills in today’s technology environments. The HP ATA program prepares students for immediate employment as it teaches and assesses their ability to design, implement and administer end-to-end and cloud IT solutions based on HP Converged Infrastructure technology.

“Australian organisations are looking to technology to ensure a strategic advantage” said Antony Lawes, CEO at IC Central, “whether it is driverless trains in the mining industry, mobile technologies for field staff, integrated communications, cloud technologies, or online commerce, businesses of all sizes need skilled, experienced, business oriented IT professionals who are up to date with the latest in technology” said Lawes. “The new HP ATA certification delivers an “off the shelf” fully resourced program for educators and provides students with credentials that validate their ability to implement end-to-end business solutions.”

For institutions seeking relevant curriculum to help ensure students acquire the skills valued in today’s workplace, certification plays a critical role in bridging classroom learning and real-world application. The HP ATA certification program applies directly to a broad range of IT job roles, including IT Architects, System Engineers, System Administrators and Technical Support Engineers.

“Organizations are faced with an IT skills gap – they lack professionals with the technology and business skills required for complex projects,” said Susan Underhill, vice president, Global Certification and Learning, HP. “Combining HP’s technology expertise with Certiport’s experience and presence in the academic community enables the development of IT professionals with the skills they need to be successful.”

The HP ATA preview program includes four certification exams: Designing and Deploying Connected Device Solutions, Designing and Deploying Network Solutions, Designing and Deploying Server & Storage Solutions and Designing and Deploying Cloud Solutions. Underpinning and supporting curriculum materials include a complete certification pathway, courseware, lesson plans, practice tests and access to HP’s remote lab environment to deliver practical, hands-on experience.

The HP ATA program will be distributed exclusively through the Certiport partner and testing center network. For a sneak peak at this new certification program, teachers and schools can register for the HP ATA preview program at:



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IC Central Pty Ltd

IC Central Pty Ltd is the Australasian Solution provider for Certiport Inc. provides industry-leading digital literacy and desktop productivity training, assessment, and certification solutions. Globally recognised vendor certification programs allow individuals, educators, employers and nations to develop, validate and leverage the skills needed to succeed in today’s global economy. This strategic relationship demonstrates IC Central’s goal to perpetuate valuable and relevant information technology skills.

IC Central offers complete solutions for teaching and validating essential skills needed in today's workplace including approved courseware for instructor led classes, e-learning courses, blended training solutions.  

For more information about IC Central please visit
Richard Gordon
P: +61 7 3458 9080
M: 0420 982 452

Certiport Inc.

Certiport is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services which include practice tests via MeasureUp® delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate certification and HP Institute program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program and the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®). Certiport reliably delivers over two million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce and corporate technology markets in more than 152 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit

"Certiport," "IC³" and "MeasureUp" are registered trademarks of Certiport, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.



HP Accredited Technical Associate Certification Program Launched to Validate Students’ Ability to Develop End-to-End IT Solutions and Enhance their Employability



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