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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 15)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Amazon Web Services has a new deal in place for delivery of its certification exams, Certification Magazine shines a spolight on ITIL 4, and more.

Amazon Web Services Has a New Certification Testing Partner

 

AWS will offers its certification exams through Pearson VUE.Last week here on GoCertify we traced the evolution of a single company, Credly, into the colossus of the IT certification digital badging sector. There's a similarly monopolistic situation in the IT certification testing realm, but one that's more established and probably less surprising. Pearson VUE added another notch to its metaphorical gunfighter's belt this week when it announced a multi-year deal to become the official certification exam facilitator for Amazon Web Services. AWS certifications have almost literally caught fire in recent years, exploding to the forefront of certification salary surveys and becoming a highly sought-after mark of distinction among hiring managers sorting through the résumés of cloud computing professionals. Pearson VUE, which operates a network 5,000 testing centers in 180 countries worldwide, manages certification testing for a plethora of high-profile IT clients, including CompTIA, (ISC)², Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, IBM, Dell EMC, and others.

 

IT Certification Council Honors ISACA with Innovation Award

 

This one slipped past us a couple of weeks back, but it's worthy of mentioning here. The IT Certification Council, an industry group that promotes certifications and supports a number of cooperative efforts among leading IT certification and testing providers, announced cybersecurity and governance association ISACA as the 2019 winner of the annual ITCC Innovation Award. Sheri Buergey, Senior Manager for Organizational Change, Learning and Development with ISACA, accepted the award at the ITCC Spring Member Meeting in Orlando, Fla. ISACA was honored for a new and "innovative approach to journey mapping," which allowed them to "quickly solve problems, as well as turn future strategy into a narrative that the entire organization and partners could get behind." The Innovation Award is given annually in recognition of programs or initiatives that positively impact a company or organization, or make a difference in the IT certification industry.

 

Incoming ISACA CEO Posts Message to Members

 

Speaking of ISACA, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and manages a widely respected and popular certification program, incoming CEO David Samuelson took to the ISACA Now Blog on Monday to thank supporters and well-wishers and talk briefly about his vision for the future of ISACA. Samuelson said he's been particularly impressed with the depth of feeling among ISACA members, opening his missive with the following words: "As I begin my time as ISACA’s new chief executive officer, having just completed my first week in the role, one thing continues to impress me — the passion our professional community feels for ISACA. It is immediately apparent how meaningful ISACA is to our individual members’ careers, as well as to the organizations we serve in IT audit, governance, risk and security." Samuelson replaces former CEO Matthew Loeb, who resigned last year in November after a four-year tenure.