Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) has launched two new certifcations -- CCNA Video and Cisco Video Network Specialist certifications. The first is designed for video professionals who design, install and support video solutions on Video-Voice-over-IP networks. The second is designed for traditional analog audiovisual (Pro AV) specialists who want to push into the VoIP market.

According to a prepared statement from Cisco, the CCNA Video certification:
"establishes an individual's ability to deploy video endpoints, set up new users, and operate networked voice and video solutions for job duties that include configuring voice and video single-screen endpoint devices, supporting telephony and video applications, and troubleshooting. The certification also validates a candidate's knowledge of the architecture, components, functionalities and features of Cisco Unified Communications Manager solutions."
Meanwhile, the Cisco Video Network Specialist certification prepares "individuals for career opportunities as video technicians, video administrators or audiovisual installers in IP-networked environments."

The VAR Guy is intrigued mainly because the worlds of Pro AV and corporate IT continue to converge. Industry associations such as CompTIA have been promoting that convergence to its membership. And Autotask, which makes business management software for VARs and MSPs, has also been reaching out to Pro AV specialists in recent years.