Alpine Testing Solutions Selected by F5 to Redesign its IT Certification Program

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New technical certification program will address growing complexity and knowledge gaps in networking and applications

"Alpine Testing Solutions’ expertise and outstanding IT industry experience was a key factor in F5’s decision to bring them on board," Ken Salchow, Program Manager for Technical Certification at F5

Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc [ , the leading provider of program design, test development, and psychometric consultation and analysis for IT certification programs, today announced it was awarded a contract by F5 Networks, Inc. [ to redesign more than 10 of its specialist technical certification exams. F5, based in Seattle, WA is a global leader in application delivery networking.

Ken Salchow, Program Manager for Technical Certification at F5 said, “Alpine is helping F5 create a unique technical certification program that focuses not only on the F5 products and technology, but the underlying applications as well. Alpine Testing Solutions’ expertise and outstanding IT industry experience was a key factor in F5’s decision to bring them on board. The goal of our certification program is to help broaden the pool of knowledgeable technologists who can enable customers to get the most out of their investment—across the applications and infrastructure.”

Alpine uses a validity-centered test design and development process to create the highest quality tests that can adapt over time as the needs of a program change. For many of its clients, Alpine also employs its CertMetrics™ Credential and Data Management System – a flexible and customizable solution to credential management that automates many of the usual labor intensive tasks and simplifies program monitoring. CertMetrics™ also provides psychometric reports based on appropriate analyses, offers automated data forensics and policy violation detection to preserve exam and credential integrity and it protects an organization’s intellectual property by minimizing distribution of the test key.

Brian J. Adams, President and CEO of Alpine Testing Solutions stated, “Alpine Testing Solutions is excited to work with F5 Networks to develop its new technical certification programs.” He added, “Alpine’s staff, which includes industry leaders in psychometric research, design, and evaluation creates world-class certification, professional credentialing, education, and licensure programs and we’re thrilled to add F5 to our growing roster of industry-leading IT clients.”

About Alpine Testing Solutions
Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc. (Alpine) provides program design, test development, psychometric consultation and analysis, and technology solutions services for licensure, professional certification, and educational testing programs. Alpine counts among its clients eight of the top 20 2011 Top Global Software Companies including five 2011 Fortune 100 companies. Alpine focuses on applying industry standards and best practices resulting in practical solutions that enable test sponsors to build, maintain, and continuously improve testing programs. Its staff specializes in psychometric consultation in the context of applicable policy and program design, evaluating and auditing programs, developing validation frameworks, conducting test development and validation projects (e.g., job analysis, blueprint development, item development, item and form analysis, standard setting, equating, security analysis), and technology services for credential management (e.g., eligibility, maintenance) of small- and large-scale testing programs. For more information visit

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