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Certification Watch Volume 8 #15

Certification news regarding new certifications from Planet3 Wireless, ask Symantec and Red Hat, and ANSI certification for CISA/CISM.

New Entry Level Wireless Certification

Planet3 Wireless has added a new certification to their certified wireless networking professional (CWNP) program. Wireless# (wireless sharp) certification is an entry-level wireless certification. It assures a solid base knowledge of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, WiMAX, Zigbee, Infrared, RFID, and VoWLAN. To earn this designation you must pass a single exam, which will become available later this month. The cost of the beta exam is $85. The exam has a 90 minute time limit and contains 60 multiple choice questions. Passing score is 70%. Exam information is available at:

New Red Hat Certified Security Specialist Title

Red Hat has launched a a new security certification, Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), that proves advanced skills in using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SELinux, and Red Hat Directory Server to meet the security requirements of today's enterprise environment. RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) is a required prerequisite. There are three courses associated with the new RHCSS certification, and 3 corresponding exams. The exams are: EX333 Security: Network Services, EX423 Directory Services and Authentication and EX429 SELinux Policy Administration. Exams costs $749 ($549 when purchased with the course). For full details see the Red Hat web site.

CISA Receives ANSI Accreditation

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has accredited the ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CISM (Certified Information Systems Manager) certifications under ISO/IEC 17024:2003, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons. ANSI, a private, nonprofit organization, accredits other organizations to serve as third-party product, system and personnel certifiers. VERY FEW computer certification programs achieve this accreditation.

Symantec Launches Certified Technical Specialist Program

Symantec appears to be rolling out a new certification program. Although details are sketchy, the first certification is already live. Symantec Certified Technical Specialist, Small Business Security designation focuses on desktop security, and is offered to individuals in our customer and partner communities. It covers planning, installing, configuring and managing Symantec AntiVirus 10.0, Symantec Client Security 3.0, and Norton AntiSpam 2005. This is a single exam ($100) certification, with testing offered through Prometric test centers. For more information, including full exam objectives, visit the Symantec web site.

New Citrix CCA, CCEA, CCIA for Citrix Access Suite 4.0

Citrix recently announced new certification titles for Citrix Access Suite 4. Courses and exams are currently available for the following new certification programs: Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA) for Citrix Access Suite 4.0, Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA) for Citrix Access Suite 4.0, and Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix Access Gateway 4.0. Each certification program has a new curriculum designed to familiarize participants with the latest features of the Citrix Access Suite.

The CCEA certification is designed for network and system administrators, helpdesk personnel, Citrix Certified Administrators, and Citrix Solution Advisors. The target audience for the CCIA certification includes Citrix Solution Advisors, Citrix Alliance Partners and the Citrix Developer Network, as well as global partners, systems architects, developers and integrators. The CCA for Citrix Access Gateway 4.0 certification program consists of eLearning classes designed to prepare learners for the more complex instructor-led training course, which builds the skills necessary to install, administer, and support Citrix Access Gateway 4. For curriculum and cost on each of the Citrix certifications, please go to

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