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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 40

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, the Certification Magazine Salary Survey is out of the blocks and tearing down the track, Microsoft Learn can help you skill up in cybersecurity, and more.

Certification Magazine Salary Survey is Off and Running


Certification Magazine invites you to take the 2022 Salary Survey!And they're off! The starter's gun has sounded on the annual Salary Survey conducted by Certification Magazine. If you are a working IT professional and you have at least one current IT certification, then the time to click over and take the Salary Survey is right now. Each year, Certification Magazine gathers data from certified IT professionals about the real-world impact and value of earning and maintaining various IT certifications. Taking the survey does require a modest time commitement: The survey has about 60 questions and takes about 15 minutes to complete. On the other hand, anyone who takes and completes the Salary Survey can get Certification Magazine delivered digitally for the next calendar year free of charge. There are also a handful of $50 Amazon gift cards that will be randomly distributed among all survey participants, so if you're feeling lucky — and if you actually get lucky — then you could pocket a modicum of extra cash. This year the survey will remain open through Friday, Dec. 3.


CompTIA Debuts Updated CASP+ Credential


Many of the IT certifications offered by tech industry association CompTIA are looked at as being entry-level credentials that help industry newcomers find their footing and get settled in IT career paths. There's only one expert-level credential among the relative handful of IT certs offered by CompTIA, and that's the CASP+, which was originally introduced as CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner. The latest version of CASP+ is now available and there's an excellent post to the official CompTIA blog that explains what has changed since the last CASP+ refresh. For example, there has been some rejiggering of the exam domains, as often happens when exams are overhauled: The number of domains has shrunk from five to four, and none of the new domains is a direct carryover from the preceding five. The new domains are Security Architecture (which accounts for 29 percent of questions on the new exam), Security Operations (30 percent), Security Engineering and Cyrptography (26 percent), and Governance, Risk and Compliance (15 percent).


IBM Blog Features Individual Certification Story


Over at the IBM Skills and Training Blog, there's a cool feature that popped through last week. Guest blogger Eric Vermeer gives a detailed description of his monthslong effort to earn the IBM Certified Professional Architect - Cloud v5 credential. A cloud security specialist at IBM, Vermeer embarked on his journey by plowing through a battery of training courses, which both filled in gaps in his knowledge of IBM cloud technology and all provided opportunities to confirm his existing understanding in a variety of areas. It's always both engaging and informative to learn about the process of getting an IT certification from someone who has done it recently, so if you're contemplating a new certification of any sort, then you'll likely gain some valuable insight here.


Pearson VUE Circles Back to Value of IT Certification Survey Results


Global education giant Pearson VUE, which has an enormous footprint in the IT education and certification realm, conducts an every-other-year Value of IT Certification Survey. Findings from the most recent survey were announced earlier this year, and a new post to the Pearson VUE News and Views hub kicks around some of the data from the 2021 survey. In particular, this article addresses how certification can help employers close the IT hiring gap. It's a timely topic, with many employers across the United States and elsewhere struggling to fill job openings as workers contemplate their post-COVID career paths.


Microsoft Learn Wants to Help You Pump Up Your Cybersecurity Knowledge


Microsoft Learn wants to help you brush up your cybersecurity knowledge.October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and Microsoft Learn wants you to know that you can add to your existing information security knowledge stockpile, or just revisit and refresh topics you alread know, in a variety of ways using Microsoft Learn tools and technology. There are various free learning paths and modules to, as well as a range of Microsoft Learning Partner options. You can also participate in free Microsoft Virtual Training Days. The tip of the spear, of course, is Microsoft's ever-evolving IT certification program, which includes a range of cybersecurity certification options. If you're into cybersecurity, then there's probably a good opportunity here to either learn something new or brush up on something you already know.


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