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Certification Watch Volume 11 #14

Certification news regarding the addition of emulations to Microsoft certification exams, sale CompTIA CTT+, medicine IBM exam pricing changes, a new wireless expert certification from Cisco, the Novell Certified Engineer program, and certification milestones achieved by ISACA.

Microsoft to Introduce Emulations in Certification Tests

Microsoft first added performance based testing back in 2005 by incorporating simulations into core MCSA and MCSE on Windows Server 2003 exams. In 2009, Microsoft will introduce emulations, starting with Exam 83-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring. (This exam will gradually replace the current version of the exam: Exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring). According to Microsoft, the difference between simulations and emulations is that simulations restrict you to a small number of expected paths to complete exam tasks while emulations allow for any path or tool available in the computing environment as long as the final result is correct. The inclusion of emulations in other Microsoft certification exams will be decided on a case by case basis, but Microsoft says that in the future, most Microsoft technical certification exams will include performance based items.

CompTIA Adds a Fork in the Road to CTT+

The Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) designation from CompTIA has long been one of the most popular trainer certifications, and now it has been modified to offer two distinct trainer designations - one for instructors who teach in traditional classrooms and another for instructors who teach via virtual classrooms. Both designations start with the same training essentials exam, which is a standard computer administered certification exam. The difference arises in the second requirement, which is the submission of a video demonstrating an actual training session. At this juncture, virtual trainers submit a recording of a virtual session while classroom trainers submit a video of a classroom session. Trainers can earn both designations by submitting a recording for each type of training. For more specifics on the CTT+ designation, see GoCertify's CTT+ page.

IBM to Increase Exam Prices, Move to One Price Fits All Model

As of January 1, 2009, all IBM Software brand exams, including Lotus, will cost $200 US (or equivalent). In growth markets the price will be $100 US (or equivalent). Currently most IBM exams cost $150, although a few cost more or less.

Cisco Launches New CCIE Wireless Certification

Cisco Systems recently added a new track to its venerable Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) program. The CCIE wireless certification encompasses both general wireless theory and an in depth understanding of wireless technologies from Cisco. As with other CCIE designations, there are two steps to earning this certification, a computer administered written exam ($300) followed by a hands on lab exam ($1,400). The written exam will be available in testing centers starting February 17th, 2009, and the lab exam will follow in April. For exam blueprints, see the CCIE wireless certification page.

First Novell Certified Engineer Track Rolls Out

Novell has been hard at work on its new Novell Certified Administrator (NCA) and Novell Certified Engineer (NCE) programs. Note that these designations are distinct from the well known Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) and Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) titles. The exam for the first NCE track, which is Enterprise Services, has recently become available. NCE ES is for individuals who configure, maintain, support and troubleshoot Novell services. According to Novell's website, it is intended to provide a path for current CNEs to migrate their skills and knowledge to Linux in a Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 deployment. Although this is a one exam certification, you must first pass the test for the Novell Certified Administrator Enterprise Services (NCA ES). The learning path can be viewed on Novell's website.

ISACA Reaches Major Certification Milestones

The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) recently certified its 10,000th Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM) and also handed out its 1000th Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) certification. These are on top of the 60,000 individuals who have already achieved Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) certification. Testing only occurs twice a year, and the next available testing date for all of these certifications is June 13, 2009. Visit the GoCertify ISACA page for an overview of all of the ISACA certifications. h

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