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HP ASE Certified

by Jeremy L. Gaddis on August 13, 2010 · 2 comments

in Certification

I wrote previously about the “Fast Track to HP Certification for Cisco Certified Professionals” in which a current CCxP or CCIE could earn either HP Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) or Master Accredited Systems Engineer (MASE) by passing one online exam.

I was having trouble sleeping last night so I thought I’d go ahead and give it a shot. As is the case with Cisco examinations, you are required to agree to a confidentiality agreement prior to taking the examination. HP’s confidentiality agreement reads as follows:

You will not participate in any cheating incident, breach of security, misconduct or any other behavior that could be considered a compromise of the integrity or confidentiality of any HP Certified Professional Program Certification examination or any HP Certified Professional Program Certification. Such behaviors will include, but are not limited to, the following: (1a) Obtaining or purchasing a copy of the HP Certified Professional Program Certification exam or any question within an HP certification exam (1) giving any other candidate, or receiving from any other candidate, assistance of any kind related to any HP Certified Professional Program Certification examination during or after such examination; (2) using any aids, notes or other materials, except those expressly allowed by Hewlett-Packard, during any HP Certified Professional Program Certification examination; (3) attempting to take any HP Certified Professional Program Certification examination for someone else; (4) violating the terms of Hewlett-Packard Retake Policy.

The item in bold, above, seems overly vague to me (the emphasis is mine). As far as I am concerned, if interpreted literally, I could potentially be in violation of the confidentiality agreement simply for writing any further HP ProCurve related blog posts. If I were now (“after such examination”) to write a post (“giving any other candidate assistance of any kind”) about OSPF on ProCurve (“related to any HP Certified Professional Program Certification examination”) — “OSPF (IPv4 only)” is publicly identified as one of the HP2-Z04 exam topics — I could technically be in violation of this confidentiality agreement.

In HP’s defense, I’m sure they didn’t mean for it to be interpreted in this way. I know what they meant. It is rather vague, however, and interpretation is clearly at HP’s discretion. Unfortunately, I clicked through the post-examination give-us-your-comments page en route to receive my results, so I didn’t get to mention it. Perhaps they’ll revise the wording to better reflect what they mean.

Moving on, the passing score on the HP2-Z04 examination is 73%. I didn’t do as well as I would have liked (but what can I expect with zero study?), but I managed a score of 81.67%. By passing the examination, I have now met the requirements for the “ASE – HP ProCurve Campus LANs [2010]” certification.

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