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Certification Watch Volume 10 #14

Certification news regarding Lotus Notes Domino certification, arthritis new Citrix CCA tracks, doctor Microsoft free retake offer, new Open Group certification program, and news from the Security Certified and Mercury Interactive/HP programs.

Lotus Notes Domino 8 Application Developer Exams Available

IBM has announced the release of two new core exams leading to certification as an IBM Certified Application Developer on Lotus Notes and Domino 8. The exams include a foundations exam (#384), which leads the associate level designation, and an intermediate exam (#835), which will take you a step closer to the full developer certification, although an additional exam will still be needed to accomplish that. You can read the announcement on the IBM Lotus Web site.

Citrix Announces Two New CCA Tracks

Citrix has just announced the latest additions to its slate of new Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) tracks. The new designations are CCA for WANScaler and CCA for EdgeSight, each of which has one associated exam. Corresponding courses will be released soon, although they are not required in order to earn the certifications. With the total number of CCA tracks now reaching seven, there is quite a selection of CCA tracks from which to chose.

Microsoft Free Retake Offer Renewed Through January

The Microsoft Second Shot offer, which allows exam takers a free retry on any exam you do not pass on your first try, will now be in force until January 30, 2008. Under this offer, any Microsoft IT professional, developer, or Microsoft Dynamics exam qualifies. You can apply this to as many different exams as you wish to take, although we certainly hope you wouldn't need it more than once! Full details can be found on the Microsoft Web site.

Open Group Announces IT Specialist Certification (ITSC)

The Open Group recently unveiled plans to roll out a new IT Specialist Certification (ITSC) that promises to offer senior level IT pros a way to validate their people and communication skills as well as specific technical skills. The IT Specialist Certification program will make certification available to skilled and experienced IT professionals in a number of streams within the focus areas of development and operations. In addition, four client focus areas, including Services, Technical Sales, Technical Support and Technical Training, will also be made available for certification. In addition to requiring passage of examinations, the ITSC will incorporate experience requirements and peer reviews. The program is slated to go live early in 2008. We will bring you further details as they become available.

Two Security Certified Professional Exams Retiring September 30th

SCNP exams SC0-411: Hardening The Infrastructure, and SC0-402: Network Defense and Countermeasures, will retire on September 30th, 2007. Courseware can no longer be ordered for these courses. Candidates who wish to achieve SCNP status after September 30th, 2007 must complete the SCNS certification exam, SC0-451: Tactical Perimeter Defense and the SCNP certification exam, SC0-471: Strategic Infrastructure Security.

Mercury Interactive Certifications to be Integrated into HP Program

As part of HP's assimilation of Mercury Interactive, the Mercury certification program will be integrated into the HP certification program by November 1, 2007. This means "legacy" Mercury exams - i.e. those that have retired some time ago will no longer be valid come November 1st and will not transfer to the HP program. Current Mercury certifications, on the other hand, are mapped to current HP credentials. You can find the intricate details of the incorporation of Mercury certification in the HP program's Worldwide Certification Update document.

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