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Certification Watch Volume 14 #10

IT certification news about recertification coming to Microsoft's certification program, certification for Windows Phone developers, a new high-end SAN/cloud/virtualization certification from HP, certs in the works for Apple OSX Lion, and other IT certification news.

Recertification for Microsoft Certifications has Arrived

Recertification requirements are in the works over at Microsoft. Evidence includes a recertification survey recently sent out to current MCPs, but more telling is the asterisk at the bottom of the new MCPD Windows Phone Developer page: "Candidates who earn the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification will be required to show continued competence in this technology area by completing a recertification exam every two years." So clearly it's not a question of if, but rather what the details will be. You can argue or agree with Microsoft's plan by joining the somewhat heated discussion on the Born To Learn Blog.

MCPD: Windows Phone Developer Ready

Speaking of Microsoft's new Windows Phone Developer certification – here are the basics: If you're starting from scratch, you'll need to pass 3 exams - TS: Silverlight 4, Development; TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4; and PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications. As described above, recertification will be required every 2 years, though the details have yet to be spelled out. The exams are available now and cost $150 each.

Juniper Networks at Work on Recertification Issues Too

Juniper recently updated its recertification program to include the addition of an "inactive" status. Previously, certifications that were not renewed on time were converted to expired status, and although they could not be used as prerequisites and certification benefits were stopped, individuals could regain those things at any time by meeting the recertification requirements. Now, a missed recertification deadline will result in inactive status for a year, during which the candidate loses certification benefits but can regain them by completing the missed requirements. When the year is up, the certification will convert to expired status, and the individual will have to start from scratch to regain the credential. Juniper has published transition information for existing certification holders.

HP Launches New, High-end SAN Credential Tied to Cloud Computing

Earlier this month HP launched the HP Master ASE Storage Solutions [2011] certification for individuals who design, deploy, and manage the deployment of enterprise-level storage area networking (SAN) utilizing the HP converged infrastructure and data center design. This certification focuses SAN from the infrastructure level rather than the product level, with emphasis on cloud computing and virtualization technologies. For a quick and comprehensible of available HP Master ASE certifications, visit GoCertify's HP Master ASE info. For intricate details of the new HP SAN certification, visit HP's page for it.

Apple OS X Lion is Here, Certifications Coming Soon

Certifications for the Mac OS X Lion (i.e. 10.7) will be available this fall. Planned certifications include: Apple Certified Associate: Mac Integration 10.7, Apple Certified Support Professional 10.7, and Apple Certified Technical Coordinator 10.7. We'll keep you posted as they roll out. You can also keep track of currently available Apple certifications on GoCertify's Apple certifications list.

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