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Certification Watch Volume 12 #6

Certification news regarding a changes to the CCIE Security exam, arthritis Wireless# certification, Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS), Brocade certification, an Oracle E-Business beta, new certifications from Cisco, and the new GoCertify Certiblog.

Short Answer Questions Coming to CCIE Security Lab Exam

Cisco has announced that a new type of question - short answer - will begin appearing on the CCIE Security lab exam as of June 15th. There will be four of these open ended questions in a section of the exam called "core knowledge." Candidates have 30 minutes to type in answers the questions and cannot return to the section later. This type of question first appeared on the CCIE routing and switching exam in February and eventually will be added to all CCIE tracks.

Wireless# Certification to be Retired, Replaced

The entry level Wireless# (wireless sharp) certification from Planet3 Wireless will be retired on June 30, 2009. All existing Wireless# certified individuals will transferred to the new entry level certification, Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS). The CWTS exam is slated for release on June 15. It costs $125, contains 60 questions covering the terminology and basic functionality of enterprise 802.11 wireless networks., and has a 90 minute time limit. Passing score is 70%.

Brocade Announces Revamped Certification Program

Apparently having missed our recent article on the confusion wrought by the proliferation of Microsoft certifications, Brocade has announced plans to restructure their certification program into a matrix consisting of four levels of certification with four tracks for IT professionals and two tracks for channel partners "with more certifications to come as the program expands," according to Brocade. Existing certifications are mapped into the matrix, which you can see on the Brocade website. Many of these certifications have yet to be rolled out, including the new top level Brocade Distinguished Architect (BDA) designation that will be awarded after a candidate earns three elite level Brocade credentials and passes the BDA exam which is planned for release next year in 2010.

Oracle E-Business Suite System Administration Exam Beta Almost Over

The beta version of exam 1Z1 206, which is the only exam required to earn Oracle E-Business Suite R12 System Administrator Certified Expert (OCE) certification, will continue to be available for a mere $50 through June 30, 2009. Registration is through Prometric.

Cisco Launches MeetingPlace Certifications

Cisco has released design specialist and support specialist certifications for its Cisco Unified MeetingPlace solution, including the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server, Media servers and Web Conferencing on premise or with WebEx optional solution. The Support Specialist designation requires that you first hold CCNA certification and then pass the Cisco MeetingPlace Support Specialist exam, while the Design Specialist option has a CCDA as a prerequisite and requires passing the Cisco MeetingPlace Design Specialist exam. Full exam details for both can be found on Cisco's website.

GoCertify Creates Certiblog

Wouldn't it be great of there was one spot dediciated to discussing all things certification? Now there is - visit GoCertify Certiblog and add your two cents. /blog

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