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Novell Declares March Certification Month by Featuring New Online Training and Advanced Testing Technology for Net Professionals Worldwide

Governors in 32 States and the District of Columbia Also Declare March 2000 as Certification Month

PROVO, Utah | March 13, 2000

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, is commemorating its sixth-annual "Novell Certification Month" in March by announcing the availability of two innovations in training and testing — Novell Education's online training initiatives and the advanced testing technology of the Novell Practicum. Available now online, the Novell Learning Zone features mentoring, labs and access to additional training resources. The Novell Practicum, available in the next 30 days, is a live, hands-on lab assessment that uses real-world situations to test the application of a Net professional's practical skills and knowledge.

"We are using the latest Net services software and resources of the Net to deliver universal training across traditional boundaries," said Debbie Maucieri, vice president of Novell Education. "Building on our information technology (IT) education expertise, Novell continues to introduce advances in training such as the Novell Practicum and online training to provide users the power and flexibility they need to succeed in the Net economy."

The Novell Practicum will initially be used in conjunction with Novell's recently introduced Certified Directory Engineer(SM) program to ensure that professionals are proficient in directory technology. Using remote access into a live network, individuals around the world are tested on their ability to restore a directory system back to a healthy operating state within a specified time limit. The Novell Practicum will be available in the next 30 days through a limited number of authorized Novell testing centers.

Novell's online training initiatives include the Novell Learning Zone, which offers online mentoring through direct access to certification experts as well as to a community of other certification candidates. Novell also recently introduced the Novell Online Training Provider(SM) program, placing its successful education channel model online. Novell Online Training Providers integrate Novell's self-study product line with online instructor interaction, lab experience and access to additional Novell Education resources via the Net. More information about the Novell Learning Zone and the Novell Practicum can be found at http://www.novell.com/education.

Novell Certification Month

This year, the governors of 32 states and the District of Columbia have joined Novell in its annual declaration of Certification Month. Certification Month supports IT training certifications that allow individuals to develop and become fluent in Novell Net services software and technologies and provide them access to well-paying careers and skills they need to be successful in today's e-business economy.

States that have declared March Certification Month along with Washington, D.C., include Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Three additional states have expressed support for Certification Month with letters of congratulations to Novell. They are Colorado, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

"The success of Novell's certification programs, particularly the Certified Novell Engineer(SM)(CNE), has paved the way for additional IT certifications that have done a great deal to raise the level of knowledge and expertise in the industry," Maucieri said.

During Certification Month, Novell will host thousands of networking professionals, customers, software developers, educators and business partners at its 16th-annual BrainShare IT conference March 26-31 in Salt Lake City. The BrainShare technical conference delivers hands-on training and technical information and showcases technologies currently under development by top technology vendors such as Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. Novell Education will provide training and testing opportunities as well as announce the CNE and Master CNE(SM) of the Year.

About Novell Education

Novell Education continues to be the leading provider of network training and certification programs to the growing IT industry. In addition to CNE, Master CNE and Certified Directory Engineer, Novell certifications include Certified Novell Administrator(SM) (CAN(SM)), Certified Novell Instructor(SM) (CNI(SM)), Master CNI(SM) and Certified Internet Professional(SM). During the past decade, nearly 600,000 Novell certifications have been granted. Novell training and certification programs are available through Novell's global Novell Authorized Education Center(SM) (NAEC) (SM), Novell Education Academic Partner (SM) (NEAP) (SM) and Novell Online Training Provider networks which include commercial training centers, colleges, universities and high schools.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is a leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Net services software gives IT organizations a way to adapt and accelerate their transformation to e-business, simplify the management and control of all networks, create a secure foundation for doing business on the Net, and help deliver a consistent and high-quality experience to end users in all locations. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.

For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at http://www.novell.com. Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at http://www.novell.com/pressroom. In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at http://www.novell.com/competitive.

Novell, BrainShare and CNE are registered trademarks or service marks, and Certified Directory Engineer, Certified Internet Professional, Certified Novell Administrator, Certified Novell Engineer, Certified Novell Instructor, CNA, CNI, Master CNE, Master CNI, NAEC, NEAP, Novell Authorized Education Center, Novell Education Academic Partner, Novell Learning Zone and Novell Online Training Provider are trademarks or service marks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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Kevan Barney
Novell, Inc.
Telephone: (801) 861-2931
Email: kbarney@novell.com



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