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Certified Novell Instructor

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The Certified Novell Instructor® (CNI) is the world's most renowned technical instructor certification. CNI program requirements have recently been revised to include an emphasis on Linux instruction.

Select one of the tabs below to learn more about the CNI certification program.



To ensure that Novell official curriculum is taught by the best technical trainers in the industry, Novell Training Services has set the following requirements for participating as a CNI:

Technical requirement (complete one of the following):

Didactical requirement (complete one of the following):

  • Novell Instructor Performance Evaluation (IPE)
  • CTT+
  • MCT
  • VMWare Certified Trainer
  • Other 3rd party didactic certification (on case by case basis).

Please send 3rd party certificates as a scanned image to instructor@novell.com. Other 3rd party didactic certifications are accepted subject to approval by Instructor Program Management.

CNI Application:

  • Found in the Certification Database.  In order to sign the CNI agreement you must first complete one of the technical requirements listed above. After completing the online agreement, please e-mail instructor@novell.com to begin the CNI approval process.

The 2010 Program Guide outlines all of the requirements in detail.

Certified Novell Instructor Learning Path

CNI Learning Path
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CNI Roadmap



A CNI must comply with the Instructor Course Authorization requirements prior to delivering a Novell Course.


Continuing Certification Requirement

Candidates who are CNI certified have a Continuing Certification Requirement (CCR) due October 31 annually.
2011 CCR details now avaliable here



All CNIs will receive access to the following resources:

  • Online Access to Novell Instructor Course Materials—All Novell course materials will be provided vie online distribution to allow CNIs to access materials required to teach authorized Novell courses in an efficient manner.

  • Access to Novell On-demand Training—All CNIs will be granted access to On-demand Training for their own personal use in order to keep up with the latest Novell technologies.

  • Access to the Instructor Community Web Site—Stay in contact with Novell and other Novell instructors through the online discussion forums, Instructor monthly newsletter, the Novell Instructor Wiki, and much more!

The following are useful links for CNIs:

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