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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 36)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA has revamped the foundational certification that teaches tech to tenderfoots, ISACA certifications will make you see dollar signs, and more.

CompTIA Rolls Out Revamped IT Fundamentals Cert


CompTIA's IT Fundamentals+ certification is a great point of entry to the IT realm.Lots of individuals looking to start somewhere on the path to a career in information technology (IT) get their feet wet with tech industry association CompTIA's popular and long-lived A+ credential, and that's a viable path for people who have already achieved a certain level of IT fluency. For those who don't speak the language at all, however, there's a kinder, gentler option. The IT Fundamentals+ (ITF+) certification doesn't have the same level of name recognition that A+ does, but it also won't cause brain cramps if you're a true tech tenderfoot and is especially appropriate for young IT learners. And now, for the first time since 2014, there's a revised and updated IT Fundamentals+ certification exam available. Released on Tuesday, the new exam, FC0-U61, focuses on what CompTIA calls the "four pillars of technology," infrastructure, software development, security, and data. If IT Fundamentals+ is new to you, then there's an excellent overview article at CompTIA's IT Career News blog that runs through the changes and lays out some of the benefits.


Oracle Preaches the Gospel of Java


Among the many and varied computer languages that are the building blocks of software and the internet, Java occupies a key position as a durable and widely relied-on tool of the trade. As noted in a new article shared this week at the Oracle Certification Blog, there are more than 9 million Java developers worldwide, yet demand for skilled Java professionals remains high. (Java was originally created by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired in 2010.) Among the vast expanse of Oracle certifications, there's a core of Java credentials, and Oracle holds a Java developers conference (recently rebranded from JaveOne to Oracle Code One) each year in October. At any rate, if you've ever had an inkling that you might have a Java itch to scratch, then it's worth clocking over to the Oracle Certification Blog to have a look.


Stick Around in IT and Certifications Will Stick to You


It isn't always the case, but for many people, the first comprehensive introduction to IT in general, as well as to many specific branches of IT knowledge, comes from getting a certification. Certifications are a reliable point of entry to the IT realm. That apparently doesn't mean, however, that you're more likely to have a lot of certifications during the phase of your career where you're just breaking in. According to new data from Certification Magazine's 2018 Salary Survey, the opposite tends to be true. To judge by the experience of the thousands of certified IT professionals who participated in the survey, it's much more likely that you'll pile up active IT credentials as your career progresses than during your initial introduction to IT.


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