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Certification Watch Volume 7 #15

Certification News regarding a CompTIA Linux+ beta, pills Cisco Systems, CISA certification, IC3 Core Computing, computer hacking forensic investigator, Seibel, IFPUG, IBM, and Nortel Networks.

CompTIA Linux+ Beta Available

A beta version of CompTIA's revised entry level Linux+ exam will be available at a reduced price of $75 for the next 8 weeks. Passing this exam demonstrates that the candidate has the equivalent of 6-12 months experience with Linux. Candidates must demonstrate the knowledge mastery required to provide basic installation, operation, security, administration, and troubleshooting services for the Linux operating system on workstations and servers. Roughly 19 percent of the 2004 Linux+ exam covers installation, 20 percent configuration, 26 percent management and maintenance, 21 percent security, six percent documentation, and eight percent Linux hardware.

To register for the beta exam, sign up as soon as possible online through Thompson Prometric or Pearson VUE testing centers. Reference exam ID #XK1-002.

Cisco Modifies Recertification Requirements

As of Oct 1, 2004, passing any CCIE written exam will recertify Cisco Qualified specialist, associate and professional level certifications. Cisco reports making this change so that candidates can complete recertification requirements while in the course of pursuing CCIE certification.

Due to additional recent changes, candidates have the added option of recertifying the CCNP and/or CCDP titles either by passing the 642-891 Composite exam, or by passing both the 642-801 BSCI and 642-811 BCMSN exams. CCIP recertification can be accomplished by passing the 642-691 BGP+MPLS exam; or by passing both the 642-661 BGP and 642-611 MPLS exams.

Cisco Optical Exam Revised

In other Cisco certification news, the CCIE Optical written exam will be updated as of October 1, 2004. After that date, candidates should refer to the Optical 2.0 Written Exam Blueprint when preparing for this test. It can be found on Cisco's certification Web site. This page also contains links to exam blueprints for DSL, Cable, WAN Switching, IP Telephony, Dial, Content Networking, and the Metro Ethernet Beta written exams.

2005 CISA Exam Dates Set

The next Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam will be held on June 11, 2005. The early registration deadline is February 2, 2005, and the final registration deadline is March 30, 2005. More than 15,000 candidates are expected to register for CISA exams this year. If you want to be one of them, you can sign up on the ISACA Web site.

IC3 Releases New Computing Core Certification Standard

Certiport recently announced the release of an updated standard for its Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) credential. Certiport IC exams based on the new standard will be available in English for distribution through authorized training and testing centers during the fourth quarter of 2004. To become IC certified, you must pass the three exams. Each exam takes less than an hour to complete. See the Certiport Web site for further details.

New Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) Certification Computer hacking forensic investigation is the process of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks. The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) has created a new certification focusing on this topic.

To earn the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) Certification, candidates must pass the CHFI exam, which is administered online via web-based Prometric Prime (, as well as in Thomson Prometric testing centers worldwide. The multiple choice exam contains 50 questions, has a time limit of 2 hours, and costs $150US. The passing score is 70%. A corresponding course is available and recommended, though not required. Full objectives can be found on the EC-Council Web site.

New Siebel Certification

The Siebel Certified Integration Consultant certification was released September 24, 2004. This exam can be taken after completing the 5 day, instructor-led course "Integrating Siebel Applications," in order to obtain the Seibel Certified Integration Consultant designation.

Siebel is also currently offering discounts on several of its exams. See the Seibel Web site for these opportunities.

IFPUG Plans to Add Certified Software Measurement Specialist (CSMS) Title

The International Function Point Users Group (IFPUG), vendor of the Certified Function Point Specialist (CFPS), has launched a new Software Measurement Specialist certification program. The program includes three levels of certification, which correspond to different levels of experience. In addition to completing a formal application detailing experience and other credentials, candidates will have to pass the forthcoming CSMS exam, based on the body of knowledge contained in the "Guidelines to Software Measurement," available from IFPUG. The exam is slated for a Spring 2005 release.

New Certifications from IBM

Several new certification exams from IBM will become available this month. IBM Certified Deployment Professional - Tivoli License Manager V2.1 will be released worldwide October 6, 2004. This one-test certification is designed to validate job skills and performance levels of an IBM Tivoli License Manager V2.1 technical professional. Specific areas include technology and product knowledge coupled with capabilities in planning and implementing customer requirements into a solution with appropriate hardware, software, and services.

IBM Certified Deployment Professional - IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center V1.2 is slated for a mid-October, 2004 release. The exam for this certification is designed to validate job skills and performance levels of an IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center V1.2 technical professional.

The exam for a third new certification, IBM Certified Deployment Professional - Tivoli On Demand Automation Workflows V2.1, will become available early November, 2004. A one test certification like the others, this exam is designed to validate job skills and performance levels of a Workflow and Automation Package Design and Development for IBM Tivoli Intelligent Orchestrator and IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager V2.1 technical professional.

Nortel Networks releases Communication Server (CS) 1000 Release 4.0 Certifications

Two new certifications supporting the latest release of Communication Server 1000 are now available from Nortel, and a third certification will be released in early October.

The new NNCDS - Communication Server (CS) 1000 Release 4.0 certification validates the ability to design and plan Communication Server 1000 Release 4.0 products in support of a customer's business requirements. To earn this credential, you must successfully complete two exams -- Technology Standards and Protocols for IP Telephony Solutions (#920-803) and Communication Server (CS) 1000 Release 4.0 (#920-141).

The second new certification is NNCSS - Communication Server (CS) 1000 Rls. 4.0 Database Administrator, which validates the ability to configure, administer, maintain, and perform day-to-day operational activities for a Communication Server (CS) 1000 Rls. 4.0 system database. You must also complete two exams to earn this credential -- Technology Standards and Protocols for IP Telephony Solutions (#920-803) and Communication Server (CS) 1000 Rls. 4.0 Database Administrator (#920-324).

In early October, the third Communication Server certification will be released, NNCSS - Communication Server (CS) 1000 Rls. 4.0 Installation & Maintenance (I&M). This credential will require three exams, two of which are already available. More details are available on the Nortel Networks Certification web site.

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