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Certification Watch Volume 7 #6

Certification news regarding wireless certification changes, sickness a new exam from Microsoft, CompTIA A+, new XML and UML certification programs, and Nortel Networks beta opportunities.

Planet3 Wireless Cancels Plans for CWNI, adds CWAP Title

On March 2nd, 2004, Planet3Wireless cancelled its plans to offer the Certified Wireless Network Integrator (CWNI) title, which was slated for release this year. Instead, the objectives planned for the CWNI have been merged into the CWNA and CWSP certifications.

Planet3 has also created a new certification title: Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP). The CWAP is an advanced certification for individuals who analyze and troubleshoot wireless LAN systems. Candidates for this title must first hold Planet3's CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator) title, then pass the CWAP exam, which is currently available in beta format.

Microsoft Exam 70-281 Now Available

Microsoft's Exam 70-281, Planning, Deploying, and Managing an Enterprise Project Management Solution is now available. The exam counts as an elective toward the MCSE on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. The exam prep guide is available on Microsoft's Web site.

CompTIA A+ Mix and Match to End June 30th

Until June 30th, computer technician candidates can combine 2001 and 2003 exams to earn CompTIA A+ certification if they desire to do so. After June 30th, both the core hardware and the operating system exam must be the 2003 version. If you have questions about how this works, see the CompTIA Web site.

New XML Certification Available from Altova

Altova, Inc., producers of XMLSPY, the world's leading XML development environment, has announced the immediate availability of an open-to-the-public beta of the Altova XMLSPY Certification exam. The exam tests both an individual's knowledge of important XML-related specifications as well as proficiency with the market-leading XML development environment, XMLSPY. To learn more, and schedule for the beta exam, visit the Altova Web site.

UML Certification Program Launched

The Object Management Group (OMG) and UML Technology Institute (UTI) have announced details of a new, three level certification program covering the Unified Modeling Language (UML). Each level covers different elements of the UML 2.0 specification, and requires passing a single exam. Testing is through Prometric ( Exams cost $200 each. Full objectives can be found on the OMG Web site.

Free beta opportunities from Nortel Networks

Two new Nortel Networks certification exams are in beta during March and April. If you are interested in becoming a Nortel Networks Certified Design Expert (NNCDE) in IP Convergence CallPilot or a Nortel Networks Certified Support Expert (NNCSE) in IP Convergence Succession 1000/1000M Rls. 3.0, don't miss this opportunity to take one of these betas. The first 50 people registered for these exams get to take them for free; additional registrations will be charged the full exam fee. Registration is through Prometric. Use promotion code 921444 for the Call Pilot exam (through March 26th 2004), and promotion code 921443 for the Sucession beta (April 5 - April 26, 2004).

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