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Certification Watch Volume 14 #7

IT certification news about Cisco CCDE practical exam registration, check Microsoft exam retirements, PMI Agile certification, Oracle certification program updates, and an exchange agreement between ISACA and EC-Council.

Next Cisco CCDE Practical Exam Date Announced

Registration for the next available exam date for the hands-on exam for the Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) certification, which is only offered 3-4 times a year, opened on June 15, 2011, and will close on October 7, 2011. The exam will take place on October 21, 2011, and costs $1400 USD. Locations include England, Germany, Turkey, and USA. You must first pass the written exam. To register see Cisco's CCDE lab exam page.

Batch of Microsoft Exams Retire This Week

Microsoft will retire more than 25 certification exams on June 30th. Affected exams include 70-271 and 70-272 - both exams required for MCDST certification, effectively discontinuing that credential. Also on the list, numerous SQL Server 2005 exams, Microsoft .NET 2.0, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006. See the full list.

PMI is Accepting Agile Certification Pilot Participants

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is now accepting applications from candidates who wish to be among the first to earn its newest credential - Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP). The first exam won't be until September, but early-bird participants will receive a 20% rebate on the exam fee ($435 PMI members/$495 nonmembers). You must submit an application documenting education and experience requirements to receive approval to take the exam.

Oracle Extends Mandatory Course Requirement Deadline

Oracle pushed back the start date that a mandatory course requirement will be added to Java Architect, Java Developer, Solaris System Administrator and Solaris Security Administrator certifications to October 1, 2011. Starting October 1, candidates must attend a course in order to earn these certifications.

Move to Pearson Vue Brings Changes to Java Exams

A bit of tweaking has occurred in the course of moving the Java exams that Oracle acquired along with Sun to Oracle's test provider, Pearson VUE. The exams now feature new pass scores, better score reports, and are shorter.

ISACA, EC-Council Create Cross-Program Agreement

A new arrangement between the ISACA and EC-Council gives IT professionals the option to get credit toward both programs for certain requirements. In the past, EC-Council's LPT certification required candidates to first earn its Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) designation, but now a CISA certification can be substituted to meet that prerequisite. In return, CISA's who pass the CEH exam will receive earn CPEs for doing so, helping them meet CISA continuing education requirements.

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