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Certification Watch Volume 9 #7

Certification news regarding a major update of A+ certification, allergist IT security certifications, Sun Security Administrator beta exam, Microsoft and NCR Second Shot promotions, new SAS exams, and certification milestones for several programs.

CompTIA A+ Certification Completely Revamped for 2006

CompTIA has announced that its widely recognized A+ certification program will be updated and revamped for 2006. The new version of the certification will still require two exams, but now candidates will have a choice of four paths depending on their job environment.

For the full scoop on the A+ update, along with news on how this will affect current A+ certified individuals, read the full article.

New IT Security Certifications from EC-Council

EC-Council, vendors of the well-known Certified Ethical Hacker program, have created two new designations. Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA) certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Network Defense from a vendor-neutral perspective. The goal of the CNDA is to help the organization take preemptive measures against malicious attacks by attacking the system himself; all the while staying within legal limits. While the CEH certification program looks at the security in offensive mode, the second new certification, Network Security Administrator (NSA), looks at the network security in defensive view. Each certification requires passing a single exam, and associated courses are available.

For CNDA info see the EC-Council CNDA page.
For NSA info see the EC-Council NSA page.

SUN Offers Free Beta Exam

Sun Microsystems is offering a free beta exam that leads to Sun Certified Security Administrator for the Solaris 10 Operating System. To participate in this beta, you must take the exam between July 17 and July 28, 2006. Registration begins on July 3, 2006. For further registration information, visit the Sun website.

Microsoft Second Shot Exam Offer About to End

You have until June 30th to register for the Microsoft Second Shot exam offer. With this offer, if you register before the deadline, you get two chances to pass a Microsoft exam for the price of one. This applies to Microsoft Learning IT Professional, Developer, or Microsoft Dynamics (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions) exams. For full details see Microsoft's Second Shot page.

NCR Teradata Second Shot Offer Extended

NCR's Second Shot offer on Teradata exams has been extended. Now you must register by July 31, 2006 and take the exam by August 30, 2006. For sign up information visit NCR's Second Shot page.

New SAS Certification Exams to Arrive Later This Summer

The SAS Base and Advanced Programing exams for SAS 9 are slated for release in the third quarter of 2006. Each of these exams will earn a certification by the same name. SAS certifications are valid for three years. For more on SAS certifications, see GoCertify's SAS page.

Certification Programs Reach Milestones

Several certification programs have announced milestones this month. The Open Group has announced that more than 1,000 individuals have become certified practitioners on The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF). TOGAF is an industry standard architecture framework that may be used freely by any organization wishing to develop an information systems architecture for use within that organization.
For more on the Certified IT Architect program visit our CIT page.

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) program has also reached the 1,000 mark. This program has been in operation since 2004. According to the program's vendor, the Project Management Institute (PMI), over 3,100 people are currently studying to take the exam. PMI also runs the Project Management Professional (PMP) program.
For more on PMI certifications visit our PMI page.

The Zend Certified Engineer program now boasts 1,366 certified individuals. This certification, offered by Zend, demonstrates expertise with PHP.
To learn about this program visit our Zend Certified Engineer page.

The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) program, operated by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) also announced a milestone: 48,000 professionals have earned this designation since its inception in 1978. The CISA demonstrates expertise in information systems audit, control, and security skills.
For more on the CISA, see our CISA page.

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