Certification Watch Volume 5 #18
- By Anne Martinez
- Published September 15, 2002
Certification News regarding CompTIA, Oracle, Certified XML Expert, Apple, Cisco, Juniper, Nortel, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq.
CompTIA to Add Wireless Certification
The next addition to the CompTIA portfolio of vendor-neutral computer certifications will cover wireless technology. The newly announced program, which has yet to be named though Wireless+ is the likely title, will certify foundation-level knowledge of technicians working in the wireless sector of the IT industry.
This designation is still very much in the planning stages. CompTIA is soliciting industry members to participate in a committee that will develop the exam. Individual subject matter experts (SMEs) are also needed. To participate in either role, contact CompTIA through their Web site.
New Oracle Associate Level Certification
Oracle is adding a new option to the associate level of its professional certification program. The Oracle9/iAS Web Administrator Certified Associate requires passing a single, comprehensive exam covering the ins and outs of administering, monitoring, and maintaining a secure Oracle9iAS environment. There is no instructor-led training requirement associated with this Oracle certification.
Certified XML Expert Discontinued
The Certified XML Expert (CXE) program, launched by Active Education last year, has been discontinued. According to Active Education, the program was ended due to a "strategic shift" by ActiveEducation. Individuals who already hold the CXE title may continue to use it.
Apple Changes Certification Requirements
With the updating of Mac OS X to v10.2, Apple has updated the certification program as well. The number of exams required to earn Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) certification has been cut from two to one. The number of exams required to earn the Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) title has been reduced from four to three.
Because Apple certifications are version specific, currently certified individuals are not required to upgrade to the new path/operating system version. ACTCs who want to upgrade will have to pass the new ACTC exam. Current ACSAs who wish to upgrade to v10.2 will be able to take a single upgrade exam when it becomes available in spring 2003. The exams will still cost $150 each and are offered through Prometric test centers. Individual who wish to earn certification on Mac OS X v10.1 (instead of the new v10.2) will be able to do so, as those exams will continue to be available for a while longer.
More details on Apple certification are available on GoCertify.com.
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