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Certification Watch Volume 15 #4

Computer certification news about Microsoft's certification overhaul, new exams from Cisco, the expiration of more than 100 HP certification exams, and an update to the CWNA exam.

Microsoft Completely Revamps Certification Program

Microsoft recently changed virtually every element of its certification program. The MCTS and MCITP are being phased out, there's a new MCSE, the MCSD is back, and that's just for starters. There's a lot to know, but we've got you covered. For an over view of the changes, read: Welcome to the New Microsoft Certification Program. If you've got a Microsoft certification already, be sure to check out our Microsoft Old-to-New Certification Map.

CCIE Data Center Beta Available

A beta version of the written exam for Cisco's new CCIE Data Center certification is available May 1 - June 15, 2012. The beta costs $50. For exam topics, see Cisco's list of exam objectives. The full CCIE Data Center credential is scheduled to go live this September.

CCNA Service Provider Launched

Cisco's new CCNA Service Provider certification is now available. See the GoCertify CCNA SP page for exam requirements. Due to the recent launch of this Service Provider track, the Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP) has been scheduled to retire October 29, 2012.

Expiration Dates Set for 100+ HP Certifications

As part of HP's transition to the ExpertONE certification program, more than 60 IT professional certifications and 40 Partner certifications will be retired on either June 30, 2012 or August 31, 2012. The full list and suggested upgrade paths are available on the HP ExpertONE website.

Certified Wireless Network Administrator Exam Updated

The foundation-level CWNA exam is being updated on May 4, 2102. The current exam (PW0-104) will remain available through July 31, 2012. To view a document highlighting the changed objectives in the new (PW0-105) exam, see the CWNP website.

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