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Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 13

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, preteens are getting professional IT certifications from Microsoft — again — an ISACA blogger has tips for overcoming certification obstacles, and more.

Ten-Year-Old Twin Sisters Get Microsoft Certification


Twin 10-year-old girls are now Microsoft Certified Professionals.Lots of people have found creative or entertaining ways to distract themselves from the unusual living and working conditions that have resulted from the global COVID-19 pandemic. For 10-year-old twin sisters Zara and Zenubia Khan, the outlet that helped them cope was IT certification. The precocious pair whiled away at least some of the hours available to them over the past year by becoming intimately familiar with Power Platform, a low-code tool developed by Microsoft to help build apps that automate processes and analyze data. Zara and Zenubia became so familiar with Power Platform, in fact, that they earned the Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals credential, passing the certification exam on their first attempt. (This is not the first time that an extraordinarily young candidate has met all of the requirements to earn a Microsoft professional IT certification, and probably won't be the last.) Zara and Zenubia had a leg up on account of their father, Adeel Khan, a Microsoft Technical Specialist whose day job is to help Microsoft clients implement Power Platform. Dad helped the girls get started using Microsoft Learn, the Microsoft certification and training platform, and the girls progressed from there. If IT certification sometimes seems like an insurmountable challenge, then you may take heart from reading about the girls' journey.


ISACA Now: Plan to Succeed, Then Act on Your Plan


Speaking of overcoming IT certification challenges, a new post to the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and IT governance association ISACA tackles that very topic. Guest blogger Fabiola Amedo introduces her winning approach to certification with a quote from Rocky Balboa, the sixth film (released in 2006) in the long-running Rocky franchise: “It ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” Got it: Certification is about triumphing in the end because you can take a whole lot of physical punishment. OK, not exactly, of course, Persistence is only one ingredient in Amedo's winning formula, and (ideally at least) no one is going to punch you in the face for trying to get a certification. Her most important advice for aspiring certification candidates is to actually get started. Every certification journey begins with at least a rudimentary plan in place to achieve the desired goal of getting a professional IT credential. Amedo's point is that you'll never make any progress on your journey to earn a certification if you don't actually take the first step on that journey. She has several other good pointers to offer, so if you need some sound advice and encouragement about IT certification from someone who knows what it takes, then click on over and have a look.


CompTIA Peers Into the Shadows of the Dark Web


Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Tech industry association CompTIA knows. Well, sort of. We're not implying that CompTIA is like The Shadow, able to suss out the dark desires of lawbreakers and bring them to justice. Rather, CompTIA blogger Ashley Watters draws back the curtain of mystery that shrouds a little-known and much-rumored corner of the internet, exploring the so-called "dark web" in a new post to the official CompTIA blog. The first thing that may surprise some is that Watters doesn't even have only bad things to say about the dark web. Rather, she explores some of its positive aspects, which are mostly that it didn't come into being to serve nefarious ends. There's plenty to be wary about when contemplating the dark web, of course, and that accounts for the bulk of Watters' post. They don't call it the "dark" web, after all, because it's a domain of sunshine and rainbows.


CertMag Takes Note of Ten Popular Programming Languages


Programming and IT certification don't always go together.The IT certification industry has yet to entirely gain a foothold in the realm of computer programming. There are notable exceptions out there — most prominently including the Oracle suite of Java programming certifications — but IT professionals tend not to look to certification either as a means of learning various programming languages, or as a means of validating programming skills. Programming is a vital IT sector, of course, so it's not all that surprising to find an article detailing top programming languages at, the official web site of Certification Magazine.


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