Entrust Technologies Inc. said it has started a certification program to spread knowledge about public key infrastructure technology.

The first program, for consultants, got under way with participation from Deloitte & Touche, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG Europe. Administrator and technical certification programs are to be launched by the end of the first quarter.

"With industry analysts predicting the growth of our market segment at more than 100% over the next few years, there is a strong requirement to increase the level of professional training and education across the industry," said Hans Downer, Entrust's vice president of professional services.

He said the consultant program "is designed to meet the demand of the growing number of consultants worldwide who are working with our customers to implement PKI solutions for secure business-to-business and business-to- consumer electronic commerce."

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