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Certification Watch Volume 8 #7

Certification news regarding the new ColdFusion MX 7 Developer certification, two new Citrix CCA tracks, the new Mac OS X Certified Help Desk Specialist exam, the latest word on Novell's CLE 9, an A+ voucher sale, how to win a year of free Cisco exams, and how to take advantage of a reduced price beta data warehousing exam from SAS.

New Macromedia ColdFusion Certification

Macromedia has recently launched the Certified ColdFusion MX 7 Developer Certification. To become certified you must pass a multiple choice exam that includes approximately 66 questions. You must score at least 70% to pass. Individuals who score 85% or better will be awarded Advanced ColdFusion MX 7 Developer status. Testing is through VUE. The US exam price is $150. You also might want to visit Macromedia's Web page for this certification.

Citrix Launches Access Suite 4.0 CCA Tracks

Citrix education has announced the release of two new CCA tracks in support of Citrix Access Suite 4.0. The first, Citrix Certified Administrator for Citrix Presentation Server 4.0, requires candidates to take the e-learning course CTX-1455AW: Common Management Platform Administration and pass the assessment given at the end of the course. You must also pass exam 256 - Citrix Presentation Server 4.0: Administration.

The second new track, CCA for Citrix Password Manager 4.0, requires the same e-learning course and assessment as for the other track, but a different test: exam 326 - Citrix Password Manager 4.0: Administration. The course is slated for release this month, and the new exams are listed as "available soon" on the Citrix Web site.

New Mac OS X v10.4 Help Desk Exam Coming Soon

Apple will release a new version of its Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist (ACHDS) exam in late May of this year. The current exam, which covers Mac OS X v10.3 will continue to be available through December 2005. The exam price is $250. For more on ACHDS certification see GoCertify's ACHDS page.

Juniper Networks - Intrusion Detection Track Now Available

The Juniper Networks technical certification program intrusion detection & prevention (JNCIA-IDP) exam is now available. This exam tests your understanding of basic Internet and security technology, and of Juniper Networks intrusion detection and prevention products. The exam (JN0-540) contains 60 questions and has a time limit of 60 minutes. Passing score is 70%. For more on Juniper Networks certifications see's Juniper page.

More News on Novell Certified Linux Engineer 9

In a previous issue we announced the new Certified Linux Engineer 9 (CLE 9) certification from Novell. Since then a few more details have become available: Novell will be retiring the current CLE on January 1, 2007. The current CLE practicum will be discontinued on September 1, 2005, and current CLEs will have until December 31, 2006 to upgrade their certification to the new CLE 9 certification. The latest CLE 9 info is available from Novell's CLE 9 page.

CompTIA A+ Voucher Sale

For a limited time CompTIA is offering special pricing on CompTIA A+ vouchers. The vouchers are good for exams at Pearson VUE or Thomson Prometric testing centers and are approaching their expiration date, and offer savings to candidates who are ready to test in the next day or two. The regular non-member price is $145 per exam. The discounted prices are below:

May 8th ExpirationMay 31 Expiration
Member price $80 $90
Non-member price $105 $115

Full details with FAQ can be found at the CompTIA website.

Take a Shot at Winning 12 Free Cisco Exams

Cisco Systems has partnered with Pearson VUE and Thompson Prometric testing centers to offer certification candidates a chance to win free certification exams for one year. Four winners will be chosen at random from all entries received through June 30, 2005. Each winner will receive 12 free Cisco certification exams at Pearson VUE or Prometric for 12 months. To enter or learn more, visit Cisco's page for the free exam promotion.

SAS Releases New Beta Exam

The SAS Certified Professional Program has announced the release of the beta version of the SAS Warehouse Technology exam. The beta exam is offered for $75, half the price of the live exam. It is designed to validate your knowledge of SAS data warehousing technologies and their practical application in data warehousing projects. This exam can be counted toward either the SAS Certified Warehouse Development Specialist or SAS Certified Warehouse Architect credentials. A complete list of topics covered is available at the SAS website.

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