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Certification Watch Volume 13 #11

Certification news regarding a makeover of the CIW-certified program, treatment a new Linux virtualization exam from LPI, CCNP requirement changes, NVIDA GPU certification, and the retirement of several Citrix certifications.

CIW Certification Program Undergoes a Major Makeover

The Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) program has been completely revamped, with new, easier certifications added, a couple of name changes, and several certifications slated to be discontinued. The new structure expands entry-level opportunities but creates a bit of a vacuum at the top.
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LPI Launches Enterprise-Level Linux Virtualization Exam

A few days ago, the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) launched a new "Virtualization and High Availability" exam elective tied to the top level of its Linux Professional Institute Certified (LPIC) program. Candidates who hold LPIC-3 certification can add Virtualization and High Availability as a credentialed specialty by passing the new exam (LPI-304). Technologies covered include virtualization (Xen, KVM, OpenVZ, VirtualBox), load balancing, cluster management and cluster storage. Detailed exam objectives are available on the LPI website. Security and Mixed Environments specialties are also available as LPIC-3 add-ons.

New CCNP Path Announced in January is Now Required

As of August 1, the updated path to CCNP certification announced in January, which changed the number and composition of required exams, is now the only option, and the previous path has been retired. CCNP candidates must now pass three exams (ROUTE, SWITCH, and TSHOOT) which cost $200 each to attain CCNP certification. The previous four exam path (BSCI, BCMSN, ISCW, and ONT) is no longer available.

NVIDIA Creates GPU Certification Program

NVIDIA recently announced the launch of a worldwide certification program that will certify graphics processing unit (GPU) computing expertise for application developers and software project managers. The first certification, NVIDIA Certified CUDA Programmer, covers complete unified device architecture (CUDA), the parallel computing architecture developed by NVIDIA. The exam incorporates both multiple choice questions and programming assignments. To facilitate preparation, NVIDIA has posted a complete learning syllabus with CUDA self study lectures and exercises.

Citrix to Discontinue Some Certifications

On September 30, 2010, Citrix will discontinue its Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) certifications for XenServer 4 and Netscaler 8 (Enterprise and Platinum editions). On December 31, the CCA tracks for XenApp 5, XenServer 5, NetScaler 9, and Password Manager 4 will be discontinued, along with Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA) and Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA) for XenApp 4. Although these certifications will no longer be available, individuals who earn them before then will continue to be considered certified. An GoCertify's Citrix page.

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