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Certification Watch Volume 10 #11

Certification news regarding exclusive test contracts by Cisco and Microsoft, treat MySQL Associate, denture new certifications from the CIW program and Sybase, and an McData certification update.

No Cisco Tests Through Prometric After July 31st

Cisco has announced that as of August 1, 2007, they will no longer offer their tests through Prometric. According to Cisco, this will allow them to advance test security and deploy biometric technologies in the future. The last day to take a Cisco test through a Prometric center is July 31, 2007. If you have a Cisco exam scheduled at Prometric after that,

you need to cancel with Prometric and reschedule with VUE.

Microsoft Gives Exclusive to Prometric as of September 1st

In what suddenly seems like a trend, Microsoft is changing its testing network to include only Prometric after August 31st, 2007. According to Microsoft, the reason for this change includes streamlining Microsoft's internal processes and providing more consistency to the customer experience. Pearson VUE will continue to administer exams that were already purchased up to the turnover deadline until December 31, 2007. After that, it will be Prometric only.

MySQL Associate Exam Live July 18th

The exam for the entry level Certified MySQL Associate (CMA) designation will be live in testing centers as of July 18, 2007. The exam ($125) has 50 questions and a 1 hour time limit and is a good stepping stone toward the MySQL Professional level designation. For more about MySQL certifications see the GoCertify MySQL certification page.

CIW Program Adds New Designation

The Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) program has created a new associate level designation. CIW Associate Design Specialist is for entry level Web designers who wish to demonstrate vendor neutral Web design expertise. Of course, there is closely associated training, but you don't have to attend it to take the two required tests. For further details see our CIW Design Specialist page.

New PowerDesigner Data Modeling Certification from Sybase

Sybase recently released the Sybase PowerDesigner Data Modeling Professional certification which covers such topics as logical modeling, physical modeling, reporting, and numerous other topics related to PowerDesigner v12.1. There is one exam and you can find the full exam blueprint on the Sybase website.

Update on McDATA Certification Program

As part of the Brocade acquisition of McDATA, the McDATA certification program has been retired. Individuals who hold an McDATA certification will remain certified until the original expiration date, which is 2 years after the date of issue. Brocade reports that it will be rolling out a new line of certifications, starting with Brocade Certified SAN Manager, which will represent the unified product roadmap of the two product lines. Stay tuned for further details.

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