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Certification Watch Volume 13 #9

Certification news regarding Microsoft Office certification, allergist Cisco CCIE Emeritus status, CompTIA recertification, getting Linux certified, SharePoint exams, and updates from the VMWare and Sun certification programs.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 Launching

Certification on Microsoft Office 2010 is rolling into test centers, allowing individuals to get certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and other Microsoft applications. As we reported earlier, the MCAS name has been retired and MOS returns as the name of choice for these certifications. For requirements for MOS certification on different versions of Office, visit GoCertify's MOS certification page.

Cisco Adds Emeritus Status for CCIEs

Cisco Systems recently announced the creation of the CCIE Emeritus designation for CCIEs who have been certified for 10 years or more and want to stay involved in the program but perhaps not keep taking the renewal exams required to maintain active CCIE status. The program, which will start on August 1, 2010, requires candidates to complete an application and pay an $85 annual fee. Benefits include access to the CCIE forums and use of the CCIE Emeritus logo, among other benefits. For complete details, see Cisco's CCIE Emeritus page.

CompTIA Releases Latest Recert Requirements

CompTIA has posted the revised renewal requirements for its certification program. Check out the GoCertify blog for the scoop.

LPI Certification Hits 85,000 Mark

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) recently announced that it has delivered more than 250,000 exams since the program's inception (in 2000 per our records) and granted over 85,000 Linux certifications worldwide. The LPI program includes three levels of Linux certification. Linux certifications are also offered by Red Hat, CompTIA, and Novell.

VMWare Adds Advanced Certification

VMWare recently announced the addition of a new level to its certification program. The VMWare Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) fits between the existing VMWare Certified Professional (VCP) and VMWare Certified Design Expert (VCDX) designations. The new VCAP level will begin with data center administrator (VCAP DCA) and developer (VCAP DCD) tracks. Exam registration is scheduled to open shortly, and you can sign up on the VMWare website to receive an e-mail alert when it's available.

New SharePoint Exams Coming This Month

In other Microsoft certification news, four new SharePoint exams will be released in July for MCTS and MCITP candidates:

  • 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
  • 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications
  • 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring
  • 70-668: PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator

Two Sun Exams Slated for Retirement

On August 1, 2010, Oracle will retired the Sun Certified Java CAPS Integrator (CX-310-502) and Sun Certified Integrator for Identity Manager 7.1 (CX-310-400) exams. This will not affect individuals who already hold the associated certifications, as existing certifications will remain valid.

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