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Certification Watch Volume 11 #12

Certification news regarding Java Netbeans certification, a new Sun Solaris Associate designation, secure programming certifications, Cisco's CCDE hands-on exam beta, and exam promotions from Microsoft and IBM.

Java Netbeans Certification Arrives in Beta

Sun Microsystems is in the process of rolling out a new certification named Sun Certified Specialist Netbeans IDE (SCSNI). As the name suggests, it is for developers of Java desktop and Web applications who use the Netbeans IDE. There is 1 required exam, and it will be in beta from October 15, 2008, through November 5, 2008, at Prometric test centers worldwide. You must register between October 13 15, 2008, in order to take the beta. Full objectives and registration details are available from Sun online.

New Solaris Associate Certification, Administrator Preerequisite

In other Sun news, Sun has also added a new entry level certification for the Solaris operating system that will also serve as a prerequisite for the Sun Certified System Administrator (SCSA) for Solaris 10. The new Sun Certified Solaris Associate (SCSAS) is for candidates with basic knowledge of Solaris who want to credential their ability to perform standard tasks such as working with directories and files, compressing and uncompressing, managing permissions and ownership, and performing remote file transfers, among others. The exam costs $300, and associated courseware is available. Objectives are posted on the Sun website. This exam must be passed before the first of the two Solaris System Administrator exams can be attempted.

New Application Security Certification in the Works at (ISC2)

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) is hard at work developing a certification that will validate skills related to secure software development. The new certification, which is named Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), will be a code neutral certification covering security issues throughout the software lifecycle (SLC). There will be a prerequisite of 4 years of professional experience in the SLC process or 3 years plus a bachelor's degree in an IT discipline. The first exams are scheduled to become available in June 2009. GoCertify will bring you additional details as they become available.

There are a few other security related programming certifications to consider as well, including GIAC Secure Software Programmer (GSSP) and EC-Council's Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP)designation.

Cisco CCDE Practical Exam Beta Opportunity Oct 1

Cisco is now accepting registrations for the beta version of the hands on exam for its new Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) exam. The exam will be offered October 1, 2008, in Chicago, IL. Only individuals who have already passed the qualification exam are eligible to register. The beta fee is $980, a nice savings over the $1400 fee once the exam is finalized. To obtain registration information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact information. A video overview of the CCDE certification is available on Cisco's website.

Microsoft Offers 40% Off Retiring Exams Plus a Few More

Just because an exam is slated for the bit bucket doesn't automatically mean it isn't useful or relevant; case in point, numerous Microsoft exams related to the MCAD, MCSD, and MCDBA certifications that are scheduled to get the axe on March 31, 2009. These certifications are still valuable even if they are not the latest, and if you have started on any of them, you certainly won't want to let this opportunity slip by. Microsoft will give you 40% off any of the retiring exams, along with a few upgrade exams, that you complete before the deadline. There are 19 exams that qualify for the discount. For the official list of eligible exams, see Microsoft's website.

IBM Joins the Party with "Take it Again" Pilot Promotion

Microsoft has had its Second Shot program going for some time now, and IBM is getting in on the action with its own "Take it Again" program. As with Second Shot, this gives you the opportunity to retake an exam you didn't pass the first time at no charge. Currently, the offer applies only to a limited number of Lotus and Power Systems tests purchased by October 31, 2008, but an expanded program is under consideration. The retake must be completed by December 31, 2008. The list of qualifying exams is available on the Prometric website.

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