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Certification Watch Volume 13 #7

Certification news regarding major changes to the Microsoft MCA program, herbal ISC(2) exam changes, symptoms CompTIA Project+ and Linux+ certification news, CRISC certification, the new CCIE Service Provider exam, and an update of the IEEE CSDP exam.

Microsoft Drops MCA Solutions and Infrastructure Certifications

On May 1, Microsoft discontinued its Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) Solutions and MCA Infrastructure certifications. Individuals who have already earned one of these difficult and expensive titles will not be left high and dry, however, as Microsoft will fund one of two transition options for moving toward an architect level certification from either the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) or The Open Group. The current selection of MCA technology certifications is slated for expansion.
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ISC(2) Starts Switch to Computer-Based Testing

The ISC(2) Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) exam is now available at more than 500 Pearson VUE test centers around the world instead of through good old pencil and paper as it was before. This is the first ICS(2) exam to make the move to computer-based delivery, with the CISSP, CAP, and SSCP expected to follow over the next 3 years. The exam price ($549) and question content remain the same. Before you can schedule a CSSLP exam date, you must register through the ISC(2) website.

Updated CompTIA Project+ Exam Released

CompTIA recently released a new version of its Project+ certification exam that includes 100 questions, 20 more than the previous version. The time limit is the same at 90 minutes. New content includes questions covering the business implications of good project management and tests knowledge in 5 domains: pre-project setup and initiating; project planning; project execution and delivery; change control and communication; and project closure. The prior version of the exam (2003 objectives) will remain available until March 31, 2011. For exam registration information, visit the CompTIA website.

CompTIA Linux+, Powered by LPI Certification Now Available

In other CompTIA news, the CompTIA Linux+, Powered by LPI certification has officially launched. To earn this certification, which is intended for junior Linux administrators, candidates must pass two exams instead of the one that is required for the original Linux+. The candidate can then request to have their record forwarded to the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), which will then grant them LPIC-1 certification as well. The single exam version of Linux+ retired on April 30, 2010.

ISACA CRISC Grandfathering Program Opens

If you have 8 or more years of experience in IT with at least 6 in risk and information systems control, you may be eligible to obtain the new Certified in Risk Information Systems Control (CRISC pronounced "see risk") designation from ISACA before the exam even becomes available. The CRISC domains include risk identification, assessment and evaluation; risk response; IS control design and implementation; and IS control monitoring and maintenance. For the full requirements and costs, visit the CRISC grandfathering application page.

CCIE Service Provider Track Written Exam Available

The written exam for Cisco's new CCIE Service Provider (SP) Operations track is now available through PearsonVUE. It is a 2-hour closed book exam containing 90-110 questions. The companion practical exam is scheduled for release in Q3 2010. A list of exam topics is available on Cisco's CCIE SP page.

CSDP Exam Refreshed

The IEEE Computer Society released a refreshed version of its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) exam on April 12, 2010. The new exam is aligned with version 3 of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), which is actually still under development but slated for release later this year. A list of new/changed SWEBOK areas can be found on the IEEE website.

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