Apple is bringing a new service in the UK called the Apple Consultants Network, and is seeking certified Mac specialists to join the scheme.
According to Apple: "The Apple Consultants Network features a community of professional service providers and consultants that specialise in Apple and third-party solutions. Members are certified professionals, fluent in multi-platform solutions, and deliver on-site technology services and support."
Set up by the Mac maker, the Apple Consultants Network is an online directory of experts, designed to enable Mac users to get the most out of Apple hardware and software.
So far, it's been hugely successful in other countries, helping thousands of businesses to maximise potential by matching Apple Certified consultants with businesses who need help.
The minimum requirement for consideration is Apple Certification as a Support Professional, Technical Coordinator or System Administrator. You should have at least one staff member with the qualification at every location you wish to register. Apple notes, the scheme has an annual fee of £329 (including VAT), if your application is successful.
As well as a listing in the Apple Consultants Network directory, Apple experts will receive other benefits, including discounts on Apple products and authorisation to use the network's logo. And, of course, customers will know that you can provide them with Apple certified advice and support.
According to Apple: "For a nominal annual subscription fee, your business will benefit from increased recognition and credibility through your affiliation with the Apple Consultants Network brand, and through your listings in the program’s online referral directory. You’ll get inside access to the latest news and information from Apple, and to a wealth of resources that include use of the program logo, products discounts, and more."
A directory of UK certified consultants can be found at http://consultants.apple.com/uk/locator.php.
More details of the Apple Consultants Network can be found at www.macworld.co.uk/promotions/.