COLOTRAQ, a master agency for data center services, announced Monday that its professional and executive staff members have satisfied the conditions for accreditation as Certified Telecommunications Professionals by the Technology Channel Association (TCA). The CTP program is the first industrywide certification program designed specifically for indirect sales agents.
Nearly a year in the making, the CTP program was launched Nov. 30. It seeks to build an industry standard around technical concepts and business practices. The exam measures proficiency in various elements of the industry, including voice communications, industry history, Internet applications, telecommunications administration, core telecommunications concepts, data communications, network security/management and agent business best practices.
COLOTRAQ sources data center space and related bandwidth, dark fiber, managed hosting and cloud computing services through more than 400 service providers in more than 1,200 cities across 160 countries.
Earning this certification is a significant accomplishment,” said COLOTRAQs CEO Dany Bouchedid. CTP agents are positioned as leaders in the telecommunications marketplace and will be recognized for their professionalism and technical knowledge.”
Bouchedid also is founding president of TCA.
Certification, a stated goal of the TCA when it formed in summer 2008, is hoped to provide agents with credentials and vendors with assurance that they are working with reputable agents.
Exam applicants must be members of TCA. The association is waiving membership dues normally $500 for agents who are interested in joining the group. In addition, TCA has created a set of Prerequisites that CTP candidates must meet based on a combination of industry experience and advanced education.
The exam costs $199, which includes preparation study material and a certification test voucher good for one exam.
Swoyer Technologies Inc. administers the CTP program and exams for TCA.