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Certification Watch Volume 6 #22

Certification news regarding a new certification salary survey, ambulance Red Hat RHCE, CompTIA A+, Adobe ACE, and TIBCO certification.

CertMag 2003 Salary Survey Reports on Top Paying Certifications

Certification Magazine's annual salary survey is out. This year, responses from more than 19,000 IT professionals were tallied to find the state of certification. Key findings include:

  • Overall, certification brought a 15.1% salary increase to IT professionals.

  • The top three certifications, based on average salary, are Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Nortel Networks Certified Design Specialist (NNCDS), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

  • 51% of respondents plan to add a security credential in 2004.
Read the full study on the Certification Magazine Web site.

Red Hat Drops Multiple Choice from Latest RHCE Requirements

With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Red has modified the RHCE exam requirements, dropping the multiple choice exam portion and adding a half hour to the hands-on lab exam. The lab exam is comprised of two sections: Section I: Troubleshooting and System Maintenance (2.5 hours) and Section II: Installation and Configuration (3 hours).

In order to earn RHCE, candidates must complete all compulsory Troubleshooting and System Maintenance problems, earn a section score of 80 or higher on Section I, and earn a score of 70 or higher on both the RHCT and RHCE items in the Installation and Configuration section.

New A+ Exam Now Live

As planned, the updated version of CompTIA's A+ is now live in testing centers. Candidates who have already passed the existing A+ Core Hardware or A+ Operating System Technologies exam (testing against the 2001 objectives) may take their second exam with the 2003 upgraded objectives and still become A+ certified.

Adobe ACE Program Changes

As of last week, Adobe Inc has modified its certification program, redesigning the ACE certification and adding an instructor designation. There are now 3 levels of ACE certification. The basic ACE designation can be earned by passing one exam covering a single Adobe product. ACE Specialist certification requires passing 3 exams on a chosen track (Video, Print, or Web). ASE Master is for those who pass the exams for each product in a particular suite (for example, ACE Creative Suite Master for passing Adobe Acrobat, Adobe GoLive, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop). Exams cost $150 each.

Individuals who wish to become an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), must have passed one or more ACE exams plus hold a teaching credential, such as CompTIA's CTT+ or a government-issued teaching certificate.

TIBCO Revamps Certification Program

TIBCO has redesigned its certification program to be product-focused rather than role focused. Thus, the current designations, TIBCO Certified Developer, TIBCO Certified Solutions Developer, TIBCO Certified Administrator, and TIBCO Certified Solutions Administrator will be retired December 31, 2003. Certifications achieved on or before December 31 will remain valid for a year.

The first certification in the redesigned program is TIBCO Certified Professional for TIBCO Rendezvous 7. Additional certifications, covering Enterprise for JMS 3, TIBCO Hawk 4, and TIBCO BusinessWorks5 are coming soon. Exams cost $150 each.

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