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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 36

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA previews the pending update of its Network+ computer networking certification, The Linux Foundation perseveres through the pandemic, and more.

CompTIA Compares Old Network+ to New Network+


The new CompTIA Network+ certification is coming Sept. 15.There's a new sheriff in town, or at least there's about to be. It's not a sheriff with a gun and a badge, and the town is not really a town, so much as a corner of the IT certification industry. OK, so maybe we picked the wrong metaphor. At any rate, we're talking about the Network+ computer networking certification curated by tech industry association CompTIA. The current sheriff, the one that's about to take a long walk off a short pier, is N10-007. The new sheriff is N10-008, which will be released on Sept. 15. Telling the difference between the two sheriffs, as well as showing off the new guy's shiny badge, and updated revolver, is the subject of a post made at the end of last week to the official CompTIA blog. Among the biggest differences to go down with the pending refresh is the renaming of three of the five exam domains, and the reweighting of four of the five. On the naming front, Network Security and Network Operations remain as before, while Networking Concepts has become Networking Fundamentals, Infrastructure has become Network Implementations, and Network Troubleshooting and Tools has become Network Troubleshooting. Networking Fundamentals now accounts for 24 percent of exam content (up from 23), Network Implementations now covers 19 percent (up from 18 percent), Network Operations covers 16 percent (down from 17 percent), Network Security covers 19 percent (down from 20 percent), and Network Troubleshooting is unchanged.


Dice Tracks IT Employment Surge in Chicago and Atlanta


We know from research conducted and data compiled by analytics firm The Lovin' Spoonful that summer in the city is hot, as well as causing some people to feel both dirty and gritty. In addition to causing some to sweat brick dust, however, the present, about-to-meld-into-autumn summer in a number of cites has seen an impressive number of job openings for IT professionals. According to a post on the Insights blog of IT employment facilitator Dice — which credits its numbers to research firm Burning Glass — New York City is the hottest of the hiring hotspots, with nearly 40,000 job opening posted over the past three months. On a surprising note, however, the second-highest hiring hot hot heat is Atlanta and Chicago, both of which saw more than 23,200 jobs listed over the past 90 days. Atlanta enjoyed a tiny overall edge, with 23,290 jobs to 23,270 for Chicago. Atlanta's emergence as a tech-hiring hub is the result of a concerted and ongoing effort to lure tech companies to the city.


CBT Nuggets Wants to Help You Bash in Minds


There are a lot of computer programming skills that can help you get plugged into a high-paying career. One of the programming languages that is popping of late is Bash, which, according to Wikipedia, is "a Unix shell and command language written by Brian Fox for the GNU Project." First released in 1989, Bash has gained in popularity over the intervening decades. Over at the official blog of IT training facilitator CBT Nuggest, there's a cool new Bash explainer that highlights the language's six most important and/or valuable commands. Before getting to the good stuff, post author Erik Mikac elaborates on the origins of Bash: "Bash is a Unix shell and command processor created in 1989. Bash stands for Bourne Again Shell, and is a nod to the Bourne Shell, which is the Unix shell it sought to replace. A Unix Shell is a command prompt that provides low-level access to a Unix operating system." There's a lot to learn about any programming language, but identifying and learning to work with key commands can really grease the gears.


Pandemic-Posed Problems Did Not Deter New Linux Certification


The Linux Foundation persevered through a pandemic to launch a new certification.A lot of standard work policies, procedures, and processes have had to be revisited, rejiggered, or entirely reinvented over the past 18 months as the global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted workplace norms all over the world. Neither the IT industry at large, nor the IT certification industry in particular, have proven immune to the chaos — See what we did there? — and there's an interesting chronicle of COVID adaptation over at, the official website of Certification Magazine. The article, which first appeared in the July issue of the magazine, details the experience of the Linux Foundation, which persevered through COVID complications to release a brand new Linux certification in record time. Thanks to a strong dose of COVID-inspired creativity and a big assist from the Certiverse exam creation plaform, The Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA) is now on the market.


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