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Certification Watch (Vol. 16, No. 1)

Reminders for CompTIA A+ and PMP exam takers, news about a new advanced cyber forensics certification from (ISC)2, details on CompTIA's new mobile certifications, the scoop on Microsoft Certified Educator, and an intro to Cisco's CCIE Collaboration credential.

First, a couple of reminders about deadlines you won't want to miss:

New PMP Exam Takes Effect July 31

Starting July 31, 2013, the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam will be based on the PMBOK Guide® - Fifth Edition. If you’ve been preparing using the PMBOK Guide® - Fourth Edition, hurry up and take the exam before then!

CompTIA 700 series A+ Exams Retire August 31

The latest CompTIA A+ certification exams are 220-801 (CompTIA A+ Essentials) and 220-802 (CompTIA A+ Practical Application). The previous versions, 220-701 and 220-702 will be retired on August 31, 2013. To earn CompTIA A+ certification, you must pass both exams in the same series - you can’t mix and match. So if you’re halfway there, don’t wait, register now and take that second test or prepare to start over.

Now on to the latest news:

(ISC)2 Ventures into Cyber Forensics Certification

(ISC)2, administrator of the popular CISSP and CSSLP IT security certifications, recently announced plans to launch an expert-level certification for digital forensics professionals. According to ISC(2), their new Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) credential will address both international and national cyber forensics practices, and thus there will be separate versions of the exam for different countries. Exams for the U.S. and Korea will become available first, with plans to add additional countries over time. See the (ISC)2 website for detailed official CCFP certification requirements, exam blueprint, and registration information.

Two CompTIA Mobile Certifications Nearly Ready

Everyone’s going mobile these days, including the certification department at CompTIA. Beta exam takers are already test-driving new certification exams designed to certify the skills of  enterprise mobile administrators and mobile application developers.

CompTIA Mobility+ is designed for IT staff charged with supporting the era of BYOD. It certifies the knowledge and skills to implement and administer a mobile environment with property security measures and usability. Candidates for this credential must understand over-the-air- technologies, mobile network infrastructure, device management and security, and how to troubleshoot common problems. The Mobility+ is currently in beta, with a live version planned for late in 2013.

CompTIA Mobile App Security+ is designed for the developers who write the applications that run on those devices. It certifies that an individual has the knowledge and skills create a secure native mobile application, while also ensuring secure network communications with backend Web services. There are two versions of this exam: iOS and Android, which are specific to the platform SDK, programming language, and operating system. Candidates only need to pass one or the other in order to achieve certification. Both exams are currently in beta, with final versions slated for release later this summer.

CompTIA has been working on Mobile App Security+ with exam development partner via Forensics since December 2011. Per the original announcement, It was originally predicted to launch in the first half of 2012, so it’s about a year later than originally planned. The “instructor-facilitated courseware” CompTIA Authorized Learning Content Partner Logical Operations will release at the same time the certification goes live, may have something to do with that, but that’s only speculation on our part. In any event, it seems like it will be a very useful combination.

Microsoft to Certify Educators

Have you heard about the new Microsoft Certified Educator credential yet? It isn’t for those of you who teach Microsoft products, it’s for educators who wish to demonstrate their technology literacy. In fact, it isn’t Microsoft-specific at all, but maps to the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (UNESCO ICT-CFT).   ICT is an acronym for Information and Communication Technologies, and the framework relates to its use in schools. Microsoft provides a free “Teaching with Technology” curriculum to help educators prepare for the MCE exam.

Cisco Says: Goodbye CCIE Voice - Hello CCIE Collaboration

Cisco will retire the CCIE Voice certification on February 14, 2014, and replace it with CCIE Collaboration. While CCIE Voice centered on audio phone calls, CCIE Collaboration incorporates audio, video, IM, presence, and call center technologies. Full story…

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