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Certification Watch Volume 15 #3

IT certification news about a CompTIA test vendor switch, ambulance updates to Cisco CCNA/CCNP Security, the Sybase transition to SAP, and new Microsoft exam retirements.

CompTIA Exams to be Offered Exclusively Through Pearson VUE

Starting July 9, 2012, CompTIA certification exams will only be available through Pearson VUE testing centers. In the past they have been available through both the Prometric and Pearson VUE networks. CompTIA exams will continue to be available through both networks through July 8, 2012, after which all CompTIA testing will be exclusively via Pearson VUE. Need more details? Read the FAQ.

Cisco CCNA/CCNP Security Exams Updated

Cisco has released updated versions (and objectives) for the exams that lead to the CCNA Security and CCNP Security certifications. Candidates can begin registering for and taking the new exams immediately. The previous version of the CCNA Security exam (IINS v1.0 640-553) will remain available through September 30th. The previous versions of the CCNP Security exams, which include the FIREWALL and VPN exams, will remain available through May 28th. Blueprints for the new exams are available online (you'll have to log in to view them): IINS (v2.0 #640-554) FIREWALL (v2.0 #640-618), VPN (v2.0 #642-648)

Sybase Certifications Move to SAP April 1

As of April 1, 2012, the Sybase certification program will be merged into the SAP certification program. Quite a few Sybase exams will be retired during this process, in fact 10 of them, but 4 will be transferred over to SAP. Per the migration plan, individuals who hold current Sybase certifications will not have to recertify. Got question? View the handy Sybase to SAP certification migration FAQ (PDF).

10 Microsoft Exams to Retire in January 2013

Microsoft has slated ten exams for retirement on January 31, 2013. The list includes MCTS exams related to Microsoft Office 2007 (SharePoint Server 2007, Visio 2007, Project 2007 and Project Server 2007), along with an MCITP exam for Office Project Server 2007 and 5 exams related to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0. If you want more details, see the full current Microsoft exam retirement schedule.

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