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Certification Watch Volume 13 #13

Certification news regarding an upgrade to the Certication Advisor, search the merger of the Oracle and Sun certification programs, medstore an Apple ACTC upgrade exam, discount exam packages from Microsoft, and Juniper Networks certification changes related to Junos.

GoCertify Certification Advisor Upgraded

We've given our Certification Advisor a technical makeover so it can perform better than ever at helping you identify IT certifications that match your career goals. Please check it out and let us know how it can be improved even more!

Oracle and Sun Certification Programs Complete Merger

As of September 1, 2010, the Sun certification program has been merged into the Oracle certification program. All Sun certifications for Java, Solaris, MySQL, and Open Office have been re-published under the Oracle program with corresponding name changes. For example, the Sun Certified Java Associate (SCJA) is now Oracle Certified Java Associate.

The actual exams and scoring are unchanged and existing vouchers for Sun exams will continue to be honored, as will Sun certifications that have already been earned. This brings the total number of individual certification titles available through Oracle to a whopping 100+ when partner-only designations are included. A chart of the old and new names is available on GoCertify.

Unproctored Upgrade Exam Available to Apple ACTCs

Apple recently posted a notice that current Apple Certified Technical Coordinators (ACTCs) can upgrade from 10.5 certification to 10.6 by taking an online, unproctored exam. Test takers are not permitted to use any study aids or applications while using the exam, but enforcement is by the honor system. The upgrade exam costs $200 and is also available through authorized Apple training centers. The online version is offered through Prometric. For registration information, see Apple's announcement.

New Microsoft Exam Packages Provide Significant Savings

If you are interested in earning a multi-exam certification from Microsoft such as an MCITP but the cost is holding you back, one of the new exam packages created by Microsoft may be the incentive you need to make the move. The exam packages incorporate multiple exam vouchers and free retakes into a single, discounted bundle. For example, the two-exam pack includes vouchers for two Microsoft certification exams, a retake voucher for each of those exams just in case you don't pass on the first attempt, and a 15% discount off the regular exam prices. The discount increases from 15% for two- and three-exam packages to 20% for four- and five-exam packages.

There are, of course, some rules. Most importantly, you can only register for one exam at a time and can't register for the next one until you take the first one, and you must take all the exams and any needed retakes by June 30, 2011. All the details and a faq are available on Microsoft's website.

Juniper Restructures Certification Program for Junos

Juniper Networks is in the process of modifying its professional certification program to align with its Junos product portfolio. Under the new plan, the existing M/T Series track will be phased out and replaced by a new Service Provider track, the current Enterprise Switching and Enterprise Routing tracks will be phased out and replaced by a new Enterprise track, and the Security Track will be expanded to include additional designations.

Certifications earned on one of the discontinued tracks will remain valid for the usual 2 year recertification period, but after that recertification will be on the new tracks. The old designations will not automatically convert to the new tracks. For full details and a FAQ, see the Juniper Networks program updates page.

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