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Certification Watch Volume 14 #11

IT certification news about a new technician certification from Cisco (CCT), major changes to the EC Council's Certified Ethical Hacker exam, Microsoft MCPs on Elance, an ISACA CISM exam update, and Open Group TOGAF certification.

Cisco Adds Certification for Field Support Technicians

Last week Cisco Systems announced a new entry-level certification for individuals who perform onsite support of Cisco networking devices. The Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) credential comes in 3 flavors: Routing and Switching, Data Center, and Telepresence. You must earn the Routing and Switching version before either of the others, but other than that, there are no prerequisites. See GoCertify's Cisco CCT page for costs and recertification details.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Exam to Double in Price, Independent Prep Costs Extra

The latest version of the exam for EC-Council's well-known Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) credential is going up, way up. CEHv7 features an exam registration price of $500, double the $250 cost of the CEHv6 exam. Independent candidates (i.e. anyone who doesn't purchase training from an EC-Council authorized training partner) must pay an additional $100 nonrefundable fee to request permission to take the exam.

According to the EC-Council website, the CEHv6 exam will expire on September 30, 2011, leaving v7 the only option. The self-study fee is already in effect, but you can potentially save $250 if you pass the CEHv6 exam before it is retired at the end of September. Although no explanation is provided for the drastic price increase, the EC-Council website does state several times "Any inconvenience is greatly regretted."

Updated Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist Exam Coming Soon

An updated exam for Cisco's Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist (DCUCD) credential will be released on September 26, 2011. The current exam (642-982) will remain in testing centers concurrently through December 2011.

Microsoft Suggests MCPs Become Elance Contractors

Current Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) recently received an email blast inviting them to join Elance's newly-formed MCP group – for verified MCPs only. Elance is online employment platform that connects freelancers with work assignments. Interestingly, although a recent posting in Microsoft's Born to Learn Blog reports that "almost 3,000 MCPs" have recently created profiles at Elance.com, likely in response to the email campaign, when we checked the Elance MCP Group page, it only listed 212 members. The disparity may be because applicants are missing a necessary extra step: Applicants can't just click the link Microsoft sent out and fill in the Elance sign-up form at the other end and be in – they must also go through the additional steps of specifically applying to the MCP Group and submitting an MCP Virtual Business Card (VBC). Microsoft's Born to Learn Blog tells how. Don't know anything about VBCs? See some virtual business card examples: .

ISACA's CISM Exam Contents to be Refreshed After December 2011

ISACA will roll out an updated blueprint for its Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM) exam starting in January. The December 2011 exam will be the last one to use the current objectives (a.k.a. job practice areas). Both the current and 2012 CISM exam details can be viewed on ISACA's website.

Open Group Approaching TOGAF 9 Certification Milestone

The Open Group is rapidly closing in on 9000 TOGAF 9 certifications earned, including more than 2540 at Level 1 (Foundation) and over 5890 achieving level 2 TOGAF 9 Certified status. See if anyone you know is on the list.

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