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Certification Watch Volume 15 #8

Computer certification news about CompTIA's venture into exam development and delivery, new social media certifications, the return of Microsoft Second Shot, MCSA and MCSD news, Hitachi storage certification, and more.

CompTIA Gets into Exam Development and Delivery

Itching for a custom certification program of your own? If you’ve got the budget, Examplify, a just-launched subsidiary of CompTIA (officially CompTIA Certifications, LLC), may be able to help. Examplify offers soup-to-nuts certification exam services, including exam development, exam delivery and candidate data management. Need some training materials for your new certification? They can help with that too. Should be interesting. First up: Social Media Security Professional, Powered by CompTIA. Note the “Powered by CompTIA” portion; several of CompTIA’s certifications are “Powered by Someone Else,” so this is an interesting reversal.

UKI Rolls Out Social Media Security Certifications

In a related story, Ultimate Knowledge Institute (UKI) plans to roll out a series of professional certifications related to social media security. The first is a joint venture with CompTIA titled: Social Media Security Professional, powered by CompTIA (SMSP). It’s intended for individuals who defend organizations from social media attacks. There’s a corresponding course, but it’s optional. Two additional levels are planned for this program. The SMSP exam became available in beta format on September 17, 2012. Visit the UKI website to register for the beta

CompTIA Mobility+ Certification in the Works

In still more CompTIA certification news, CompTIA is seeking subject matter experts (SMEs) to help develop a new Mobility+ certification. This is an opportunity to help build a certification and perk up your resume at the same time. Interested? See the call for mobility SMEs.

MCSA: Windows Server 2012 Exams Now Live

As of September 17, 2012, all of the exams for MCSA: Windows Server 2012 exams are available in test centers. Both this and the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification can serve as prerequisites for MCSE: Private Cloud.

Microsoft Renames MCSD: Metro Style Apps Certification

Microsoft has changed the name of the MCSD: Metro Style Apps to MCSD: Windows Store Apps. The requirements are the same, only the words have changed. One of the exams  (Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3) is live, the rest are slated for release in October.

Microsoft Second Shot is Back

Microsoft has brought back its popular Second Shot program. Under this program, exam takers who fail an exam can retake the same test for free. See the Second Shot page for dates and details.

Hitachi Launches Vendor-Neutral Storage Certification

Hitachi Data Systems recently added a vendor-neutral track to its certification program. The new entry-level storage certification covers data management and storage systems, components and technologies, networking, business continuity and replication, virtualization, and file and content management, performance and protocols. An exam blueprint is available on Hitachi’s website.

CompTIA CTP+ to Retire

CompTIA announced that the CTP+ certification will be retired at the end of this year. CTP+ focuses on converging technologies (a.k.a. unified communications). The exam will remain available until December 31, 2012. The CTP+ is one of the CompTIA certifications that doesn’t have a formal expiration date, so technically, it will never expire.