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Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 23

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, there's a new version of the CompTIA CASP in the works, the Microsoft Learn tearm wants to help you find the right Dynamics 365 certification, and more.

CompTIA Prepares to Release New CASP+ Certification


CompTIA has a new CASP+ certification exam on the way.As noted celestial physicist Steve Perry once put it, "The wheel in the sky keeps on turning." Seasons pass, children grow up, the half-eaten jay of mayo that you forgot was in the back of the fridge becomes a laboratory experiment. The world of IT certification and, more specifically, the niche in that realm occupied by tech industry association CompTIA, is no different. Yesterday's certification exam was informed by yesterday's technology, and tomorrow's certification will be informed by the technology of tomorrow. At least for today, the certification of tomorrow is CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+), which is essentially CompTIA's answer to the question, "No, for reals, if I don't get the CISSP from (ISC)² is there anything else out there that fills the same niche?" The newest version of CASP+ doesn't officially roll off the assembly line until October, but you can get a sneak preview of what lies ahead right now. A new post the official CompTIA blog by CompTIA Director of Products Patrick Lane digs into the specifics of what has changed for CASP+, which completed its most recent refresh cycle in April 2018. CompTIA enlisted an impressive roll call of corporate partners to contribute to its latest overhaul, with input passed along by AT&T Cybersecurity, Lockheed Martin, ExxonMobil, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, U.S. Navy Center for Information Dominance, Target Corp., General Dynamics IT (GDIT), Tanium, Ricoh, and Splunk, among others.


CompTIA Explains IT All: What Is Online Testing?


We're sticking like glue to tech industry association CompTIA as we roll into the next item on this week's Certification Watch agenda. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things over the past 16 months and the IT certification sector was caught up in the ripples along with everyone else. Online certification testing started to be a thing all the way back in 2014 and the industry has been taking baby steps in that direction ever since. The COVID pandemic turned those baby steps into one giant leap for certification-kind as IT certification providers — CompTIA and basically everyone else — rushed to make their exams available via the internet. If you're still adjusting to the head-spinning shift away from testing centers, then you'll appreciate the perspective and tips available from a new post to official CompTIA blog. In-person certification testing is apparently still a thing, but online certification is not just the wave of the future, but also the sweeping tide of the present. If there's a CompTIA certification in your future, they you're certain to benefit from taking a moment to familiarize yourself with the new certification testing landscape.


Microsoft Learn Has Got Your Dyanmics 365 Certification Future in Mind


Dynamics 365 is Micrsoft's BPM and CRM software.Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a little bit like blockhain or DevOps. We could explain it to you using other words, but that doesn't always mean that we know what we're talking about. Here's how Wikipedia puts it: "Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a product line of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) intelligent business applications announced by Microsoft in July 2016 and released on Nov. 1, 2016." So it's like Salesforce or Pega, except by Micrsoft. Both of those products have certification programs, incidentally, and so does Dynamics 365. The Dynamics 365 certification lineup, as fate, luck, and probably an editorial content calendar somewhere would have it, is the focus of a new post the Microsoft Learn Blog that has the stated goal of helping you pick out "the right Dynamics 365 certification." In a nutshell, blogger Nancy Tandy, a senior business strategy manager for Microsoft Learn, wants to help you find your footing in the Dyanmics 365 universe. "We’re here to help you discover the career path that’s right for you — whether you’re just starting out with Dynamics 365, looking to advance, or wanting to change to a new focus," Tandy writes.


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