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IPv6 certification course available in Singapore

Veronica C. Silva | Aug. 8, 2011
Certification courses for network engineers aim to help organisations understand IPv6 and prepare for transition.

Organisations in Singapore still hesitant to transition to IPv6 might find help in a certification course for network engineers.

Progreso Networks is offering IPv6 Forum Certified Network Engineer Courses which were announced by the president of the IPv6 Forum, Dr. Latif Ladid.

Progreso Networks, which is an IPv6 Forum-authorised training centre, said its courses can help companies which are still grappling with the issues surrounding the transition to IPv6.

Several industry studies have shown that organisations worldwide are still hesitant to transition to IPv6, which promises more Internet addresses compared to the current IPv4. Among the issues raised are security, lack of funds and a lack of basic understanding of what the transition means.

IPv6 awareness

Several organisations, including the IPv6 Forum, are advocating the transition to IPv6 through industry awareness.

The IPv6 Forum is a not-for-profit organisation composed of leading Internet vendors, industry subject matter experts, and research & education networks. Recently, it launched a certification recognition programme where training institutions it has certified will be identified by a logo. IPv6 Forum offers two levels of certification - Silver, for beginner and intermediate skills and topics; and Gold, for all skills levels and advanced topics on IPv6.

PROGRESO said it is the only authorised training centre in Singapore for the complete Silver, Gold and Trainer Gold IPv6 Forum certified courses. The Progreso courses will train IT managers and engineers to maintain interoperability and facilitate a smooth transition of the IP protocols across their networks.

The company said "IPv6 implementation requires a new set of network configurations and capabilities."

"It is quite clear that Asia is leading in IPv6 adoption in the world. There is a real demand for IPv6-trained engineers and end-users to ensure a seamless growth of the Internet based on IPv6," said Ladid, who is also senior researcher at University of Luxembourg, Security and Trust (SnT) Center and emeritus trustee, Internet Society (ISOC).

Singapore chapter

At the announcement of the new courses last month, Ladid also announced the appointment of Victor Tang, managing director of PROGRESO as chairman for the Singapore chapter of the IPv6 Forum.

"The 'certified certification' initiative from IPv6 Forum Education Logo programme will further promote IPv6 adoption by providing an opportunity for networking vendors to enable their certification programmes 'IPv6 Ready' and officially recognised. This next level of IPv6 Education Logo Program is designed to certify vendors' certification programmes uniformly across the industry," said Tang. "We are already partnering with USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia) - The National Advanced IPv6 Centre (NAV6) to offer three levels of certification to IT managers, engineers and end-users."

The Progreso courses will cover topics such as IPv6 addressing, ICMPv6, IPv6 Neighbour Discovery, Transition Approaches and Mechanisms, Mobile IPv6, Security, QoS, etc. -- topics that will help attendees to build, migrate and manage the IPv6 network with ease.


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