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Certification Watch Volume 6 #17

Certification News regarding Sun Java certification, recipe Microsoft MCSD, MCSA, and MCSE, CompTIA A+, SAS, and a new certification press news center.

New Java Technology Certification Available from Sun Microsystems

Sun's fifth Java(TM) certification, Sun Business Component Developer for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition, is now live. This new title is for developers who design, develop, test and deploy server-side business-tier components and applications using Enterprise JavaBeans(TM) technology. To earn this designation, you must first hold the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform title, plus pass one additional exam. More details on Sun's Web site.

Free MCSD Exam 70-300 Voucher Offer Ends Soon

There are still a few days left get a free voucher to take 70-300: Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures. The exam must be scheduled and taken by September 30, 2003. Only current MCSDs who are already certified on the Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 track qualify for this free exam offer. Sign up through the MCP Web site.

MCSA/MCSE on Windows Server 2003 Now Fully Rolled Out

With the recent release of Exams 70-290, 70-291, 70-292, 70-293, 70-294, and 70-296, candidates can now complete all of the requirements to earn MCSA or MCSE certification on Windows Server 2003. The new releases are all core exams, as follows:

MCSA Core Exams:

Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment Exam 70-291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure MCSA Upgrade from Windows 2000 Exam: Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000 MCSE Core Exams: (must be passed in addition to the MCSA core exams) Exam 70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure Exam 70-294: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure MCSE Upgrade from Windows 2000 Exam: (note: you must also pass MCSA upgrade exam 70-292 to upgrade) Exam 70-296: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Microsoft Windows 2000

For more information on Windows Server 2003 certifications see GoCertify or Microsoft's Web site.

Microsoft Adds Messaging Specializations to MCSA/MCSE

In other Microsoft news, two new messaging specializations have been added to the stable of available Microsoft certifications: MCSA: Messaging and MCSE: Messaging. The core exams for these two tracks are the same as for the regular MCSA/MCSE, but then the paths diverge as follows:

MCSA: Messaging requires the standard 3 core MCSA exams plus Exam 70-284: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.

MCSE: Messaging requires the standard six core MCSE exams plus two core messaging exams: Exam 70-284: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Exam 70-285: Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization Messaging is the second specialization opportunity added by Microsoft. Security specialization was launched earlier this year. Revised A+ Exam Questions Active November 26, Adaptive format retired The latest version of the CompTIA A+ exam will go live on November 26th. Actual questions from the upgraded version have been included in the current A+ exams all summer, but did not count toward the exam score. According to CompTIA, the 2003 upgrade does not include major revisions, but does incorporate coverage of the latest memory, bus, peripherals, operating systems and wireless. Candidates who have already passed the existing A+ Core Hardware or A+ Operating System Technologies exam (testing against the 2001 objectives) may take the second exam either before or after the 2003 Upgrade goes into effect. The A+ exams have also switched from adaptive format back to the standard linear format. In adaptive testing the sequence and number of questions is dependent on how the candidate answers each question. Adaptive testing attempts to pin down a skill level with as few questions as possible, which reduces the number of questions each candidate sees and lowers total test time. This switch means that test takers will face a full slate of questions instead of just 20-30. Many candidates feel that the linear format is a fairer form of measurement. SAS Exams Discounted This Month To celebrate the new program structure, the SAS Certified Professional Program has declared September as certification month for SAS users. Throughout the month, candidates can save 25% on any SAS Certification exam. This special offer is available worldwide and valid for all exams registered for in the month of September. (Exams must be taken by December 31, 2003.) For a complete list of exams visit the SAS Web site. To redeem this offer, please call Prometric at 1.888.895.5819 or register online at and provide the promotional code: SASEML. This promotion expires on September 30, 2003. New Certification Press News Center has launched a new press release center geared toward IT certification. If you want to read press releases on the latest certification products and programs, check it out at /press That's all for this edition of Certification Watch. Please keep your certification news and tips coming to the GoCertify News Editor.