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Certification Watch Volume 11 #4

Certification news regarding a new salary survey, online Cisco CCIE Storage exams, Certified Linux Desktop Administrator, new IBM Tivoli certifications.

New Study Finds that 87% of IT Pros Feel Certification is Worthwhile

A recent IT salary survey of over 7,000 computer professionals co-conducted by TechRepublic and Global Knowledge found that 42% of respondents intend to obtain a new certification within the next year, and 38% hold at least one certification that they consider primary already. Perhaps more telling, 87% indicated that certification is a worthwhile investment, with a major motivation being that it is an effective way to keep skills up to date and demonstrate that accomplishment to employers. To see the whole study, which encompasses IT salaries in general and not just certification, visit the TechRepublic Web site (you will have to register first).

Cisco CCIE Storage Written Exam Beta Here, Lab Exam Coming Soon

A beta version of the new CCIE Storage qualification exam will be available in testing centers starting April 3, 2008 for $50. During the beta period, candidates can either take the v1.0 exam (not beta) for the full price of $315 or the v2.0 (beta) for $50. Final release of v2.0 is planned for July 24, 2008, which is also when the new lab exam for CCIE Storage is slated to come on line. Candidates testing on or after July 24 should be familiar with the new v2.0 exam blueprint.

Certified Linux Desktop Administrator to Go Live This Week

Novell's Certified Linux Desktop Administrator (CLDA) is slated to be released to the public this week. This is a one exam certification that is for individuals who are familiar with Windows Desktop (e.g. XP) and desire to demonstrate in-depth knowledge on tasks a Linux system administrator performs on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. As of this writing, posting of the objectives was still pending, but the minute they are published you can find them on Novell's CLDA exam blueprint page.

New Tivoli Certifications from IBM

IBM has recently released a number of new Tivoli certifications, including three IBM Certified Deployment professional designations (Tivoli Identity Manager V5.0, Tivoli Compliance Insight Manager V8.5, Tivoli Monitoring V6.2), along with IBM Certified Administrator - Tivoli Monitoring V6.2.

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