10/13/2004 - National Instruments announced a new entry-level certification and an online preparation tool for professionals and students wanting to assess their proficiency in the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment. LabVIEW users now can certify their programming expertise and gain recognition for career advancement and employment opportunities by becoming a Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD).
A prerequisite to the more rigorous Certified LabVIEW Developer exam, the CLAD exam is designed to assess LabVIEW users’ abilities to develop effective test, measurement and automation applications. The new certification is ideal for professionals and students who want to measure their LabVIEW programming skills and distinguish themselves for employers. Additionally, organizations can use the CLAD certification to recognize the technical growth of employees and make informed decisions for recruiting, career advancements and project assignments, which can lead to increased productivity and lower project costs.
Individuals preparing for the CLAD exam, academic professors teaching LabVIEW-based courses and students completing introductory LabVIEW courses now can take advantage of a new online exam that is available worldwide to evaluate their LabVIEW knowledge and assess their abilities to pass the CLAD exam. This free preparation tool, the LabVIEW Fundamentals Exam, covers the essentials of LabVIEW and can be taken online from any location, making it ideal for educational use. For instance, academic professors can integrate the LabVIEW Fundamentals Exam into their curricula to validate their students’ capabilities upon completion of a LabVIEW-based course and gain industry recognition for their training programs. Students also can use the exam to quantify their LabVIEW skills, differentiate themselves from peers and prepare for the CLAD exam.
The one-hour, computer-based CLAD exam is administered worldwide through Pearson VUE testing centers and NI offices. For more information regarding the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer exam, the LabVIEW Fundamentals exam or the NI certification program, readers can visit ni.com/training.
About NI Certification
The National Instruments certification program acknowledges individuals’ expertise working with NI technologies and implementing solutions using NI products for their organizations or clients. After successfully completing product-oriented exams, certified individuals receive benefits such as public listings as certified product specialists on ni.com, special privileges during NIWeek and the use of certificates and logos to differentiate themselves for their product expertise. NI currently offers certifications for LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI and NI TestStand software products along with Professional Instructor certification.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 41 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
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