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Certification Watch (Vol. 19, No. 38)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Cybrary shrinks down certification, Oracle and Microsoft chime in on the subject of beta certification exams, and more.

Cybrary Courts Adult Professionals with Micro-Certs


Man with magnifying glassThe average adult working professional has a busy schedule more or less every day of the week, and that's in addition to time spent at the office. Finding time to pursue certification can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. Cybrary, which provides free cybersecurity MOOCs, has a solution to the problem of not enough hours in the day. Earlier today, the company announced the release of a series of "micro-credentials," mini-certification exams that focus on specific cybersecurity skills. Each 40-question, 40-minute exam drills down deep into a specific cybersecurity topic. The idea is to help working professionals target lucrative cybersecurity jobs without needing to break the bank chasing one of the general-purpose, blanket "all things to all people" security certificaitons. Cybrary's micro-exams are online and cost just $10/apiece, with one free retake. Got $10? Get a certification.


Global Knowledge Kicks Off Annual Salary and Skills Survey


We at GoCertify are partial to IT certification surveys and spend a lot of time steering our visitorship in the direction of the perpetual survey apparatus at Certification Magazine. There are many other surveys out there, however, and most are worthy of your interest and participation. One of the most respected surveys in the IT industry is the IT Skills and Salary Survey conducted by Global Knowledge. The GK survey, which will yield its results next spring, is officially open. If you take and complete the survey by Oct. 21, you'll be entered in a random drawing to potentially receive one of six $250 American Express gift cards. The estimated time required to complete the IT Skills and Salary Survey is 10 to 15 minutes, and participants can choose to receive an advance report of GK's findings next year.


Cisco Touts MVNS — Most Valuable Networking Skills


Speaking of the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Survey, Talking Tech with Cisco blogger Gary Pfitzer has been poring over a report of findings from the 2016 survey, and says that it's especially good to be involved in three particular networking avocations. It won't surprise most IT professionals to learn that security and cloud are piping hot networking specializations. Frankly, if you have any kind of security certification and ten-dollar bills don't come out of your nose every time you sneeze, then you're doing something wrong. What's interesting to Pfitzer is that voice engineering, an oft-overlooked Cisco certification niche, is apparently attracting a great deal of interest as well. So even if your networking interest doesn't trend in the direction of almighty security and tres-hip cloud, you can still aspire to lucrative employment.


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