Nortel Networks

Nortel Simplifies its Professional Certification Programme

    London (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Path to Certification Offers More Choice and Flexible Courses Nortel(x) (NYSE: NT , TSX: NT) today announced significant updates to its  Professional Certification Programme for IT professionals and enterprise  channel partners. The updates include new initiatives designed to provide a  faster, more flexible path to certification on Nortel's Enterprise product  portfolio. Also, in response to customer demand for certified resources,  Nortel Professional Certification Programme is expanding to include  certifications in the carrier/service provider space.

    As part of its ongoing strategy to simplify the way Nortel does business with partners and customers, the new Nortel Certification Programme is available throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA);  North America and Asia Pacific.

    "The enhancements to Nortel's Certification Programme are key to helping customers and partners efficiently validate the skills they need to  successfully deploy Nortel Solutions. By incorporating certification exams  as part of classroom training we are saving time and money for IT  professionals," said Scott Schauer, director, Global Certification, Nortel.

    Partners will be offered two new sets of exams - Segment and Delta exams. As the name suggests, the Segment exams "unbundle" the certification  exam and deliver it in segments. This provides a step by step or course by  course approach making it easier for candidates to progress toward  certification and tests the student's knowledge in more manageable segments.

    Segment Exams can be taken at the conclusion of a training class or  challenged at a testing centre operated by Prometric, Nortel's testing  provider. A group of Segment exams associated with courses in any given  training track will equate to an associated Standard, full-length exam.  Passing the appropriate Segment exams will yield the same certification  designation as the Standard Certification exam allowing candidates to work  toward an exam requirement in a more detailed phased approach if desired.

    "Nortel is definitely taking this program in the right direction," said John Lockhart, operations director, Unified Group, a Nortel channel  partner. "Keeping my engineers' certification up-to-date creates excellent  career opportunities for them and I feel very comfortable knowing I am  investing my company time and money in a program that is pro-actively  addressing the evolving needs of the IT community."

    Delta exams have been specifically designed to test incremental knowledge and skills for a major new product release. Delta exams will be  targeted toward individuals holding a Nortel Professional Certification at  the previous product release. These individuals will be able to update  their Certification by passing the relevant Delta Exam. Delta exams will be  rolled out in conjunction with Delta training courses.

    Candidates will now be able to take exams at Prometric testing centers  or at the end of each leader-led class, the latter reducing the time away  from the office. End of class testing will offer either the Segment Exam  associated with the course, where one is available, or the applicable  standard full length exam. Either choice of exams will be included in the  price of the course.

    About Nortel

    Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global  commerce, and secure and protect the world's most critical information. Our  next-generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises,  span access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical  applications, and help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and  performance by simplifying networks and connecting people with information.  Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information,  visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

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    Certain statements in this press release may contain words such as "could", "expects", "may", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates ", "targets", "envisions", "seeks" and other similar language and are  considered forward-looking statements or information under applicable  securities legislation. These statements are based on Nortel's current  expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the operating  environment, economies and markets in which Nortel operates. These  statements are subject to important assumptions, risks and uncertainties,  which are difficult to predict and the actual outcome may be materially different. Further, actual results or events could differ materially from  those contemplated in forward-looking statements as a result of the  following (i) risks and uncertainties relating to Nortel's restatements and  related matters including: Nortel's most recent restatement and two  previous restatements of its financial statements and related events; the  negative impact on Nortel and NNL of their most recent restatement and  delay in filing their financial statements and related periodic reports;  legal judgments, fines, penalties or settlements, or any substantial  regulatory fines or other penalties or sanctions, related to the ongoing  regulatory and criminal investigations of Nortel in the U.S. and Canada;  any significant pending civil litigation actions not encompassed by Nortel's proposed class action settlement; any substantial cash payment and /or significant dilution of Nortel's existing equity positions resulting  from the finalization and approval of its proposed class action settlement,  or if such proposed class action settlement is not finalized, any larger  settlements or awards of damages in respect of such class actions; any  unsuccessful remediation of Nortel's material weaknesses in internal  control over financial reporting resulting in an inability to report  Nortel's results of operations and financial condition accurately and in a timely manner; the time required to implement Nortel's remedial measures;  Nortel's inability to access, in its current form, its shelf registration  filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and  Nortel's below investment grade credit rating and any further adverse  effect on its credit rating due to Nortel's restatements of its financial  statements; any adverse affect on Nortel's business and market price of its  publicly traded securities arising from continuing negative publicity  related to Nortel's restatements; Nortel's potential inability to attract  or retain the personnel necessary to achieve its business objectives; any  breach by Nortel of the continued listing requirements of the NYSE or TSX  causing the NYSE and/or the TSX to commence suspension or delisting  procedures; (ii) risks and uncertainties relating to Nortel's business  including: yearly and quarterly fluctuations of Nortel's operating results;  reduced demand and pricing pressures for its products due to global  economic conditions, significant competition, competitive pricing practice,  cautious capital spending by customers, increased industry consolidation,  rapidly changing technologies, evolving industry standards, frequent new  product introductions and short product life cycles, and other trends and industry characteristics affecting the telecommunications industry; the  sufficiency of recently announced restructuring actions, including the  potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with these  restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions and  the ability to achieve the targeted cost savings and reductions of Nortel's  unfunded pension liability deficit; any material and adverse affects on  Nortel's performance if its expectations regarding market demand for particular products prove to be wrong or because of certain barriers in its  efforts to expand internationally; any reduction in Nortel's operating  results and any related volatility in the market price of its publicly  traded securities arising from any decline in its gross margin, or  fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; any negative developments  associated with Nortel's supply contract and contract manufacturing  agreements including as a result of using a sole supplier for key optical  networking solutions components, and any defects or errors in Nortel's  current or planned products; any negative impact to Nortel of its failure  to achieve its business transformation objectives; additional valuation  allowances for all or a portion of its deferred tax assets; Nortel's  failure to protect its intellectual property rights, or any adverse  judgments or settlements arising out of disputes regarding intellectual  property; changes in regulation of the Internet and/or other aspects of the industry; Nortel's failure to successfully operate or integrate its strategic acquisitions, or failure to consummate or succeed with its strategic alliances; any negative effect of Nortel's failure to evolve  adequately its financial and managerial control and reporting systems and  processes, manage and grow its business, or create an effective risk  management strategy; and (iii) risks and uncertainties relating to Nortel's  liquidity, financing arrangements and capital including: the impact of  Nortel's most recent restatement and two previous restatements of its  financial statements; any inability of Nortel to manage cash flow  fluctuations to fund working capital requirements or achieve its business objectives in a timely manner or obtain additional sources of funding; high  levels of debt, limitations on Nortel capitalizing on business  opportunities because of credit facility covenants, or on obtaining  additional secured debt pursuant to the provisions of indentures governing  certain of Nortel's public debt issues and the provisions of its credit  facilities; any increase of restricted cash requirements for Nortel if it  is unable to secure alternative support for obligations arising from  certain normal course business activities, or any inability of Nortel's  subsidiaries to provide it with sufficient funding; any negative effect to  Nortel of the need to make larger defined benefit plans contributions in  the future or exposure to customer credit risks or inability of customers  to fulfill payment obligations under customer financing arrangements; any  negative impact on Nortel's ability to make future acquisitions, raise  capital, issue debt and retain employees arising from stock price  volatility and further declines in the market price of Nortel's publicly  traded securities, or any future share consolidation resulting in a lower  total market capitalization or adverse effect on the liquidity of Nortel's  common shares. For additional information with respect to certain of these  and other factors, see Nortel's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A, Quarterly  Report on Form 10-Q and other securities filings with the SEC. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel disclaims any  intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements,  whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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