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Certification Watch Volume 6 #14

Certification News regarding Cisco CCNP/CCDP, ailment SofTest Certified Tester Professional, Nortel Networks, and IBM WebSphere.

Cisco to Replace CCNP/CCDP Foundation and Recertification Exams

Starting August 7, 2003, Cisco will replace Foundation exam 640-841 with a new composite exam (642-891 COMP). While the 640-841 Foundations exam combines coverage of three other exams (BSCI, Switching, and Remote Access) into a single test, making the shortest path to CCNP certification a two exam affair, the new Combined exam will cover the contents of just two topic/course areas - BSCI and BCMSN. This means the shortest path (in number of exams) to CCNP certification will require passing three tests. The amount of material and topic areas covered are the same for both paths. The Composite exam also counts on the CCDP track. CCDP candidates who take the new Composite exam will have only one more exam (641-871 ARCH) to reach certification.

For those who are following all this, if you pass the Composite exam you are well on your way to both CCDP and CCNP certification. With 642-891 COMP under your belt, you can earn CCDP certification with one more exam or CCNP certification with two more exams.

642-891 COMP will also become the recertification exam for current CCNPs and CCDPs. The existing Foundation 640-841exam, CCNP Recertification 640-589 exam, and CCDP Recertification 640-529 exam will retire on September 7, 2003.

Certified Tester Professional Program Debuts

SofTest has launched a new certification program for software testers. The Certified Tester Professional Program (CTPP) is designed for individuals who want a comprehensive understanding of standards and principles of software testing and exploring the techniques of software inspection, testing, verification and validation. Concentration is placed on repairing test plans, test cases, and problem reporting, as well as maintaining processes and methods. This program offers two certifications: Certified Software Tester (CST) and Certified Software Test Analyst (CSTA). For further details see the GoCertify page for SofTest.

Nortel Networks Releases First Design Expert Ccertification for IP Telephony

The Nortel Networks Certified Design Expert certification, IP Convergence Meridian 1 IP Enabled 25.40, is now available. Individuals certified at the Expert level can assess a network for VoIP readiness and cost-effectively deliver a converged voice and data platform. To earn this new certification, you must successfully complete two exams: IP Convergence (920-802) and Meridian 1 IP Enabled 25.40 (920-455). As a prerequisite, you must hold a Nortel Networks Certified Design Specialist (NNCDS) certification in VoIP Meridian IP Enabled 25.40, or have passed the Meridian 1 Database Administration Expert exam (920-403), which was retired December 2002. Complete information about this new certification can be found on the Nortel Networks Certification Web site.

New WebSphere Certification from IBM

A new designation: IBM Certified IBM Certified Deployment Professional - WebSphere InterChange Server V4 and Toolset, was released to testing centers July 7. This one exam certification is for consultants, IT Specialists, and architects who design and implement WebSphere solutions.

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